November 6, 2020

November 6, 2020

Weekly updates for Student Family Housing residents:

Residence Office and Admissions.

This a friendly reminder that the office is closed 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. 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.

Residence Reminders and Updates

Elevator Distancing Management is aware that, due to the pandemic, along with the fact there is an elevator being repaired in 30 CSW, there are unfortunately longer than usual wait times for elevators. Residents are reminded that it there is still a two person limit (including children) with the exception of larger families. In addition, we ask that residents take the stairs if able to reduce elevator volume, and to take note of the heavy traffic times of 8am-9am, 3pm and 5-6pm, when those with school, work and daycare schedules are most likely to utilize the elevators.

Items in Hallways. There have been many recent reports of items left in hallways; namely doormats and shoes, strollers and buy and sell/free items. Please note that leaving any type of item in the hallway is prohibited according to the fire code. In addition, items left in hallways is an invitation for theft. Please remove these items immediately.

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 November 30th to move out on January 31st
Submit by December 31st to move out on February 28th
Submit by January 31st to move out on March 31st

Residence Life Updates and Resources

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 Adult Educational Programs. The Res Life Team has a number of excellent programs for our adult residents this semester, including ASL Literacy, Biking in Toronto, Indoor Planting, English Conversation and Indigenous Beading. Spots are limited! For more info, contact your RA or email

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.

Recreation and Community Online. Our Recreation team has some great online programs this fall; visit to register.
For all recreation newsletters, videos and YouTube offerings visit
If you have questions about registration please email

Campus and Community Events and Programs

Updates from the Family Care Office

Upcoming Family Care Office Remote Advising Sessions for SFH Residents

Book your individual appointment now by emailing with your telephone number.

Upcoming dates & times: 

Tuesday November 19, 10:00 to 11:00 am

Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email.

Questions on family issues? Have an individual and confidential session with a Family Care Advisor to discuss:

  • Pregnancy
  • Parental leave planning
  • Childcare
  • Schools
  • Childcare subsidies
  • Networking opportunities with other student families
  • Any other question you might have

U of T Emergency Food Bank

The UofT Emergency Food Bank is a free, contactless, food-delivery service being offered through a partnership with APUS,  Engineers Without Borders, FoodShare and the Trek for Teens Foundation.

This initiative aims to provide students who are feeling food insecure with free food boxes containing produce for 2-4 people in a week. 

Learn more and register for a box here: or 

Board Game Night for Student Families

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Location: The link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Board games are a great icebreaker! Join other students on Thursday November 12th evening for a relaxing “night out” playing Scrabble with one another.

Your children 4 to 8 years will also be able to join their own activity provided on another channel by the Redefining Traditional: Making Higher Education Family-Friendly staff.

All U of T students and their families are welcome to attend, please register at with your name, status at U of T, and your child’s name and age.

Second Births

Date: Friday, November 13, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Some women are concerned about their second delivery when the first one was not how they expected and a difficult one, sometimes even traumatic. Other women who have delivered their first babies by c-section want to have a vaginal delivery for their seconds and want to know more about it. In this session we will:

  • discuss common differences between first and subsequent births
  • review indications for labor interventions
  • how to reduce anxiety after a previously traumatic birth experience
  • planning a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean)

Facilitator: Sara Cooper is a Registered Midwife with the Riverdale Community Midwives.

Registration required here. Current University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their partners are welcome. 

Updates from the Centre for Internation Experience

  • November 10: A Winter 101 workshop to help you be ready for and enjoy Canadian winters
  • November 11: Health and Wellness peer support group to discuss challenges and experiences unique to international students
  • November 11 & 17: Come learn more about Summer Research opportunities 
  • November 17: Attend the final Laidlaw Scholars Program Information Session of the year to learn more
  • November 18: Grad Step Up for incoming international grads: Effective Communication for Diverse Platforms and Environments 
  • November 18: Intercultural Film Series explores “Traveling in Films” this month
  • November 19: A facilitated virtual tour around the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) – register by November 6!
  • November 23: Grad Step Up for incoming international grads: Toronto Tips
  • November 25: Grub Club invites you to gather over lunch with other students to listen, learn and bond over mutual interests
  • November 27: End the month with some fun Virtual Trivia