May 14, 2021

May 14, 2021

Weekly updates for Student Family Housing residents:

Residence Office and Admissions.

This a friendly reminder that the office is closed to the public during the pandemic to reduce health risks to residents and staff. We are still here to help, but for the health and safety of all, please do not come to our offices unless instructed to do so by a staff member. Office staff will not be answering the door unless an appointment has been arranged. For assistance, please call the Residence Office on 416-978-8304 or

For eligibility concerns or lease information please contact the Admissions at 416-978-8049 or

If you need to deliver cheques, forms and notices please use the secure drop box outside of the Residence Office – suite 102. If you are not sure please call or email ahead of time. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this health emergency and stay safe.

Security. Our Security staff continue to be available 24/7 via phone at 416-729-1592. If your security concern requires any type of follow up, please leave the guard a phone number to contact you, to avoid face-to-face interactions where possible. In lieu of confronting fellow residents directly about apartment conflicts, noise, etc., residents are urged to call Security for the safety of all involved, especially at this time.

Locker Access Hours. In order to balance the tasks Security is responsible for and optimize their presence in the buildings, there have been a few changes to the locker access times.  Please take a moment to review the following updated schedule of locker access times, and share it with your family members:

Mondays: 7pm – 11pm
Tuesdays: 5pm – 11pm
Wednesdays: 7pm – 11pm
Thursdays: 7pm – 11pm
Fridays: 7pm – 11pm
Saturdays: 5pm – 11pm
Sundays: 5pm – 11pm

Security can be contacted at 416-729-1592.  Depending upon demand at that time, there could be a short wait for locker access; please take this into consideration when making arrangements.

Residence Reminders and Updates

Eid Mubarak to all our families celebrating at Student Family Housing!

Stay-at-Home Order. A reminder that the province of Ontario is under stay-at-home restrictions. This has been extended an extra two weeks until June 2nd, 2021. While the playgrounds and outdoor spaces are open, please where a mask and stay within your family unit, distancing whenever possible.

Asian Heritage Month. In May, Canada celebrates Asian Heritage month. Toronto Public Library is offering a great series of virtual programs to celebrate Asian heritage in Canada.

Food Deliveries. Residents are reminded that as they get lobby deliveries (Food deliveries, grocery deliveries, etc.), delivery personnel must have the intercom number in order to enter the building. Security is not responsible for allowing entry to the building for this purpose.

Rent schedule. In order to make this easier to follow and avoid having to pay an extra month’s rent, please use this chart as a guide:
Submit by May 31st to move out on July 31st
Submit by June 30th to move out on August 31st
Submit by July 31st to move out on September 30th

Residence Life Updates and Resources

Spring Programs. Our Community and Recreation team has a great line-up of virtual programs this spring, including the ever popular tutoring program for residents ages 6-13. Register online at

United Hearts for Canada PartnershipStarting this May, the Student Family Housing Residence Life team is partnering with United Hearts for Canada to offer free items, from toiletries to clothing to school essentials, to our residents in need.

As goods become available, information will be posted on InstagramFacebook and the weekly blog to sign up for a contact-free drop off of items. So follow us for your opportunity to participate!

Upcoming UofT Programming. 

Graduate Career Consortium. Students are invited to the Graduate Career Consortium (GCC) annual conference, which the University of Toronto is proudly hosting this year.  The Graduate Career Consortium (GCC) is an international professional organization for professionals at research universities and medical schools who are engaged in graduate professional development and support.  Its annual conference is an excellent opportunity to connect with others in the field and learn about the latest research and initiatives.  

The conference, whose title this year is “Meeting the Moment: Re-evaluating and Re-inventing Career and Professional Development”, takes place virtually between June 23rd and June 25th, with a preconference workshop for new graduate career professionals on June 22nd.  The conference features three keynotes, Dr. Lance McCready (U of T), Lee Maracle (U of T), and Science is a Drag, as well as a variety of speakers at institutions from across Canada and the US.  Presentations include topics like equity, diversity, and inclusion and graduate professional development; leadership training; building community online; best practices in designing, running, and evaluating programming; podcasting; supporting good mental health; and fomenting leadership. The schedule overview can be found here, and more on the theme can be found here.

With U of T hosting the conference and the keynotes coming from U of T, we’d like to represent as much as possible!  To register, please click here.  A scholarship is available to help finance conference attendance (applications are due on May 12th) and a bursary is available for GCC membership (application options are available in the process of applying for membership).

Blues Around the World Virtual 5k. Residents are invited to join in to the upcoming UofT Virtual 5k on June 26 – for more info, visit the Varsity Blues website.

Writing and Wellness Meet Up for Grad Students. Do you need to write this summer? Want to do it together? Create & Connect is a virtual writing meet up for graduate students. In each class we will:

  • Get to know one another and our writing goals.
  • Engage in creative writing exercises to spark creative thinking for the work ahead.
  • Write independently, together!
  • Take a short movement break such as gentle yoga, mindful walking, or mindful movement.
  • Connect at the end in small groups at talk about how the writing is going

This workshop is open to graduate students only. Students from all departments welcome.

Dates: May 19th, 26th, June 2, 9, 16 – 5 weeks

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Place: Zoom


Academic Success Accountability Group. Academic Success and Accessibility Services are launching a pilot Accountability Group program (“Managing Mondays and Follow-up Fridays”) that is open to all students this summer, starting on Monday, May 10th.…/accountability-group…/These online group sessions are designed to be short but impactful (40min or less!) in order to get students on their way and will be co-facilitated by learning strategists and student peer mentors from both departments.

Feel Good Friday Meditation Breaks! The weekend is almost here!  Let’s get through Friday together. Join graduate students from across many academic departments as they lead a variety of mindfulness meditations.

We know you are busy so late arrivals and early departures are not a problem. All students, faculty and staff across all campuses are welcome to join us. 

Register and Zoom details will be emailed to you.  By registering you also get those handy reminders that help us keep our commitments to ourselves.

Cameras can be on or off, whatever works best for you.
Practices are secular.

4 Weeks – Starts April 30th 12-1PM

Register Here :

***Remember to register for each week so you get those reminders 

Take some time to check out the great upcoming workshops from the Family Care Office!

Virtual Bulletin Board. To find out what’s going on in our building, campus and community, watch our virtual bulletin board for up-to-date information.

RA Contact Info and Office Hours. If you’d like to meet with your RA, please visit them during their daily Zoom office hours, or contact them to arrange an online meeting.  Please note there will be no Saturday or Sunday office hours for the summer months, unless arranged individually.