This section will assist you in preparing for your graduate career at York in conjunction with upcoming orientation events offered by your individual program.
This checklist can assist you in preparing for your graduate career at York and help ensure a smooth transition to campus life.
YU START is your primary online resource for preparing for your academic journey at York. It includes a Discussion Board for incoming students to connect with other students and have their questions answered.
Incoming 2021 students click to join the YU Start Facebook group.
Note: The YU START program launches in early May, and incoming students will receive an email invitation to log in at yustart.yorku.ca. If you are not able to access the application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attending your graduate program orientation is a great opportunity to meet colleagues and learn more about grad studies at York.
If you are a new graduate student, we also look forward to meeting you at the 2021 Grad Social!
This event will be an opportunity for incoming graduate students to meet with our Decanal team, and to learn about a variety of resources and services available to support your graduate journey. We will have representatives from the following university academic and administrative services:
- Graduate Wellness & Accommodations
- York University Libraries
- Teaching Commons
- Graduate Scholarships & Awards
- Graduate Funding
- Athletics & Recreation
- York International
- York University Graduate Students' Association (YUGSA)
- Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-time Students (ACMAPS)
- Graduate & Postdoctoral Professional Skills (GPPS)
When: Tuesday, September 7th from 12:00 -1:30pm
Where: Zoom (link to be provided 72-hours prior to event)
After the main-event, we will be hosting individual drop-in sessions where you can ask questions about graduate wellness & accommodations, scholarships & awards, and graduate funding.
To Register: 2021 Grad Social Form
We look forwarding to meeting with you in the Fall.
There exist a variety of convenient options to access York University’s various campuses and centres throughout Toronto. To ensure that campuses are open, please remember to visit https://yubettertogether.info.yorku.ca/ to confirm campus status prior to travelling.
– COVID-19 Update: Residences will open for the 2020 & 2021 academic year with reduced capacity to ensure proper physical distancing based on recommendations from public health. Visit Student Housing Services for more information. –
There are a variety of housing options for graduate students while studying at York. Several campus options, as well as Toronto's many vibrant neighbourhoods and downtown core, help make the graduate student experience a memorable one.
Graduate students who decide to live on York’s Keele or Glendon campuses will be within walking distance of everything they need. York’s Keele campus is like a small city unto itself, complete with shops, sports and fitness facilities, art galleries parks and green spaces, restaurants, cafés and pubs, while York’s Glendon campus offers a more intimate university experience that is immersed in mid-town Toronto’s Lawrence Park neighbourhood.
If you choose to live on campus, York University offers many housing options designed to fit your needs.
– To ensure proper physical distancing, residence capacity has been reduced and only single occupancy rooms will be offered for the 2020 & 2021 academic year. Visit Housing Services for more information. –
Graduate students, Osgoode law students, and students with families (spouse/children) have the option of living on-campus in one of York University’s apartments.
The apartments are conveniently located right on York's Keele Campus within walking distance of classes and a variety of campus amenities such as study space, libraries, food outlets and sports facilities. For students living with their family, York’s graduate apartments contain a community playground and the nearby Atkinson Residence offers a daycare facility, and are in close proximity to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line (York University and Pioneer Village stations).
The York University Apartments offer both furnished and unfurnished apartments and include bachelor, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. There are also adapted units for students who require wheelchair access or visual alarm.
The many neighbourhoods found in the Downtown and Midtown areas of the city are always popular with York students who chose to live off-campus because of their close proximity to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line, and an abundance of student-friendly businesses and housing options. This interactive map of Toronto’s neighbourhoods can help you to understand the characteristics of each area.
Incoming graduate students are encouraged to complete all applicable administrative responsibilities as soon as possible in order to assist the transition process.
Passport York is York’s primary method of online authentication – You must sign up for your Passport York username and password to log in to York’s online services for students. While at York, students can have the same Passport York username throughout their academic period.
Students can have a centrally-supported @yorku.ca email account, called MyMail. This account may be used for official correspondence and may also be required for some courses. You may forward this email address to a personal email address, but if you do you are responsible for ensuring that you can receive any forwarded messages.
The YU card is York University's official photo identification and campus debit card -- it's the one card you need to access key services such as the Library, recreation facilities, exams, food, meal plans, shopping, events, discounts and more.
Please visit YU-card for more information.
All community members and visitors are required to pay for parking while on campus. You may either purchase a parking permit or pay the daily fee at our visitor lots/garages. With approximately 9200 parking spaces, the Keele and Glendon campuses are comprised of 32 various lots/garages. They include permit only, visitor, and mixed usage lots.
Please visit Parking Services for more information.
Keys issued to occupants and users of University facilities, including offices, laboratories, rooms and other interior areas of buildings remain the property of York University and must not be duplicated. Keys are issued only to those persons who require access to space as part of their University responsibilities.
Please visit Security Services for more information.
YUGSA Health and Dental Plan
Graduate students have access to several health plan options on campus.
The York University Graduate Students' Association (YUGSA) Health plan is a supplementary health and dental plan designed to provide comprehensive and low-cost coverage to students for prescription drugs, dental, vision care, extended health services and travel insurance. The plan is compulsory for all full-time graduate students without comparable coverage for drugs AND dental and is optional for those registered part-time. The plan provider is ClaimSecure.
CUPE 3903 Extended Health and Benefits
The purpose of the “Extended Health Benefits Fund” is to support members with health care costs that would cause an undue financial burden and that are not covered by the Sun Life Insurance plan provided by our collective bargaining agreement.
University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)
UHIP is the University Health Insurance Plan in place for international students and others who are not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). The UHIP insurer is Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada (Sun Life).
Graduate students have access to several health services on campus, from specific care to health strategies that can be used to support academic as well as social experiences.
Grad Wellness & Counselling
GradConnect Wellness Services aims to support and enhance the mental health and well-being of York University graduate students as they pursue their academic goals through the development and implementation of resources, services, and supports designed to help graduate students connect with their wellness.
Please visit Grad Wellness & Counselling for more information.
Student Counselling & Development
Student Counselling & Development (SCD) helps York students realize, develop and fulfill their personal potential in order to maximally benefit from their university experience and manage the challenges of university life.
Please visit Student Counselling & Development for more information.
The Appletree Medical Centre is located in York Lanes and has doctors and nurses on staff to assist with any non-emergency illness.
Please visit Appletree Medical Centre for more information.
York Lanes Dental Office
The York Lanes Dental Office is located in York Lanes and provides a full suite of dental services to patients.
Please visit York Lanes Dental Office for more information.
A professional health educator is available to students for individual information on health-related needs. The health educator can help answer questions or find appropriate resources to get students closer to answers. All services are entirely confidential.
Please visit Health Education for more information.
The Faculty of Graduate Studies provides support for international graduate students who have joined York to pursue a graduate degree.
- For up-to-date information on how COVID-19 has affected international travel, please visit our resource page: https://www.yorku.ca/gradstudies/covid-19/-
Incoming international students should take into account the following procedures and programs in addition to the housing and administrative responsibilities applicable to all students.
Before You Arrive
Because international students require specific documents in order to study in Canada, it is very important that you follow certain steps as soon as you have accepted your offer from York University.
The International Handbook is designed to help you navigate the process of coming to Canada and settling into your new home at York University and the city of Toronto. Please read all of the information in this guide in order to be fully informed about your responsibilities as an international student studying in Canada.
The Handbook is divided into two primary sections: Before You Arrive, and While You are at York. In addition, the Money Matters and Immigration Information sections are designed to provide you with a quick reference point for some of the most common issues faced by an international student.
Please read all of the information in order to be fully informed about your responsibilities as an international student studying in Canada.
International Peer Mentor Program
The International Student Peer Mentor Program is designed to support incoming international students in their transition to York University, Toronto and Canada. International Peer Mentors are current international students or domestic students with international experience, who have made themselves available – in person and online – to new international students (International Mentees). The mentors offer cultural guidance and information about student life at York University and day-to-day life in Toronto and Canada.