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York offers a number of resources and services across campus in order to enable you to focus on your passion and social development. York’s strong commitment and network of student support ensures you get the most out of your graduate education.

Athletics & Recreation provides you with diverse programming that will meet your needs, interests and aspirations. By offering multiple levels of participation, from recreational classes to intramurals, you can take advantage of opportunities based on your time commitment, skills and personal development goals.

With the purchase of a shoe tag, students have unlimited access to the Fitness Centre and more than 30 aerobics/cross-training classes. Instructional classes are also available in a variety of disciplines for an additional cost. Students can also play pick-up sports during casual recreation times and/or join an intramural team.

Highlights include:

  • 40+ interuniversity sport teams competing in OUA and CIS
  • 50+ instructional courses each semester, from dance and yoga to karate and first aid
  • 4 gymnasia
  • Canlan Ice Sports York: 6 hockey rinks, including 5 NHL-sized and 1 international-sized rink
  • Toronto Track & Field Centre: outdoor, eight-lane Chevron track and throwing paddock; indoor, five-lane, 200-metre oval; eight-lane, 60-metre sprint and hurdle runway; heavy-weight training room
  • 2 softball fields
  • 5 dance/aerobic studios
  • 11,000-square-foot Tait McKenzie Centre recreation facility, with 3 gyms, 1 pool, a fitness centre and studios for instructional classes
  • 25-metre swimming pool

Please visit Athletics & Recreation for more information.

York Lions

York University is home to more than 400 student-athletes competing on 19 different teams in 11 sports.

Student-athletes at York have been competing against rival institutions on the Canadian sport scene for over 40 years. Since the inception of organized interuniversity competition in 1965, York has won 166 provincial banners and 30 national titles.

If you are a mature or part-time student, check out the ACMAPS which offers annual Orientation events, the Mature Student First-Year Experience Program, peer-to-peer mentoring and various student success workshops.

CISS offers culturally appropriate support services to a diverse Indigenous student population at York. The main office, located at 246 York Lanes, and the second location Skennen’kó:wa Gamig, “the House of Great Peace,” are welcoming, safe and supportive spaces for Indigenous students, faculty and staff to come together.

York University is committed to providing support for graduate students with current or expecting familial responsibilities through a number of child care options.

The York University Cooperative Daycare Centre

The York University Cooperative Daycare Centre is a non-profit, cooperative organization that has served the York University community for thirty years. Our Daycare Centre is committed to providing a caring, educational, and multicultural environment to 119 children of parents who are students, graduate students, staff and faculty of York University.

Please visit Cooperative Daycare Centre for more information.

Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre

The Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre (LWCC) provides innovative childcare in a family group setting to the York community, with a particular focus on the needs of students. We are a not-for-profit organization, offers an holistic approach to early childhood development in a safe, positive, inclusive environment with a 5:1 Staff personnel to children ratio.

Please visit Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre for more information.

Graduate Student Association

Representing over 6,100 full- and part-time graduate students at York University, the York University's Graduate Student Association (YUGSA) is organized around principles of accessibility, social justice, and equity as it works to improve the learning, teaching, and working environments for all graduate students at York University. The YUGSA is dedicated to providing advocacy and support to all members across various graduate departments on this campus. As a student union, the YUGSA is committed to representing graduate students’ diverse interests and defending and advancing students’ and workers’ rights across and beyond York’s campuses.

Beyond these, and many more campaigns and initiatives, the YUGSA also exists to support our members collectively. The YUGSA offers a variety of services for graduate students. These services include:

  • A health plan for those not covered under collective agreements
  • Academic Funds for conference travel, skills development, and thesis support
  • Dependant Bursaries to ease the pressure of taking care of a dependant while studying
  • Structural funding distributed through departmental graduate student associations
  • The administration of the Grad Lounge and Grad Café (166 & 167 South Ross)
  • Interest-free emergency loans
  • Photocopying and faxing services
  • International Student Identity Cards (ISIC)
  • Advocacy for individual students

Please visit York University's Graduate Student Association (YUGSA) for more information.

York is a welcoming and breastfeeding friendly university and is committed to providing the York community with a supportive environment for breastfeeding. Our community members may feed or breastfeed their children on our campuses, subject to health and safety requirements.

Information on this topic is posted on the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion website.

Lactation Stations on York maps

York University Libraries is an innovative and diverse learning organization, one that is central to the York University community and one in which dynamic intellectual exchange is fostered and welcomed.

Keele campus’ five libraries offer a robust collection — books, print periodicals, theses, archival material, maps, films and music CDs. We have more than 2.6 million printed volumes, 600,000 e-books and 72,000 full-text electronic journals.

Please visit York University Libraries for more information.

Want to enhance your ability to produce effective academic and professional writing? Take advantage of our writing support programming. We are here to support your growth and development as a writer. Come to the Writing Centre to work on your reading, writing and thinking skills.

We can help you improve your writing, better understand your assignments and develop your academic confidence. Browse our services and find the right fit for your needs.