Information for Participants

SPIDA hotel arrangements

Arrangements with a nearby hotel for a reduced rate stay for SPIDA participants are as follows:

The Marriott offers two hotel options located at the intersection of Highways 400 and 7, a ten-minute bus ride from the campus [stops at York Lanes].

(1) The Courtyard by Marriott Vaughan features spacious rooms with excellent service.

One of the advantages of staying at Courtyard is that you only pay for those services that you select. The hotel's Courtyard Café offers an extensive breakfast menu every morning. (

(2) The Residence Inn by Marriott Vaughan is an all suites property, purpose built to accommodate travellers staying for numerous consecutive nights. A complimentary hot/cold buffet breakfast is served every morning. (

Both hotels offer heated indoor swimming pools and whirlpool along with a small workout facility. The rates at each hotel are as follows:

Courtyard Vaughan (breakfast served for $11.95 daily):
$119 per night for any length of stay

Residence Inn Vaughan (breakfast included):
$149 per night for 1-6 consecutive nights or
$139 per night for 7-14 consecutive nights

Reservations can be made directly from the respective websites.

On-campus residence 

For on-campus accommodations please click here to request a room.

For addtional information contact Sheila Ferreira by phone 416-736-5020 or email .

Other Off-Campus Housing (no subsidy available)

If you would rather stay elsewhere, here is a list of suggested local hotels. Please contact them directly to make a reservation.

General information is available at the Toronto Convention & Visitors Association website Tourism Toronto.

Comfort Inn
66 Norfinch Dr
(Hwy 400/Finch Ave)

Holiday Inn Express
30 Norfinch Dr
(Hwy 400/Finch Ave)

50 Norfinch Dr
(Hwy 400/Finch Ave)
416-663-9500 or 1-800-578-7878

Holiday Inn Yorkdale
3450 Dufferin St
(Hwy 401/Dufferin)
416-789-5161 or 1-800-465-4329

Dodge Suites Hotel
3600 Steeles Ave West
(Hwy 400/Steeles)
905-856-9600 or 1-800-561-9946


Parking closest to both the TEL and SSB Buildings is the Student Services Parking Garage (#84 on the map).

Please refer to the York Parking Services website ( for current information regarding on-campus parking.

Food Services

There are many chain restaurants and cafeterias found on campus.

Establishments located on campus at York Lanes and the Student Centre serve Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, and vegetarian food, as well as sandwiches and burgers.

For a complete listing of food services on campus,
please refer to the Food Services website (

Computer and Internet Access

Each participant will be given a York computer account and will have access to the computer lab. These labs have Internet and e-mail access.

Lunch Talks

These sessions will be held in the same room as the morning sessions. These are open to anyone who wants to attend, at no charge. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Off-campus Services

In the north end of the city, there are a number of restaurants, malls, beer/liquor stores, and banks. There are also a number of ATMs on campus (Bank of Montreal, Toronto Dominion, Scotia Bank). The main streets around us are Steeles (North), Jane (West), Keele (East) and Finch (South). Do not hesitate to ask us if your favourite restaurant is nearby or within the delivery area.

Social Events

Thursday June 3rd, ISR Reception

Wednesday June 9th, SPIDA 2010 dinner

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