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Student Card & Email

As a UTM student, your TCard, UTORid, and official U of T student email are absolutely necessary for your success at UTM. The order in which you first access these tools is:

JOINid → TCard → UTORid → Student Email

Below are the steps that will guide you through this process. Note that your TCard can only be acquired on-campus in-person, and the steps must be completed in the order indicated above.

U of T Photo ID: TCard

Your permanent University of Toronto Student Card (TCard) is more than just a photo ID. It has many uses, both around campus and off-campus. Your TCard serves as:

  • a printing and photocopying card
  • a library card
  • an electronic key card controlling access to the Recreation, Athletics, & Wellness Centre (RAWC), library and labs
  • an identification card for exams, voting on campus, student discounts
  • a fare-free UTM shuttle service card
  • a pass that provides unlimited fare-free rides on MiWay, Mississauga Transit’s bus system (in conjunction with UPass), and 
  • a debit card which can be used to purchase food at select locations on campus

Because it requires an in person photo, you can only get your TCard by coming to campus in person starting in early June. The TCard Office is located at the I&ITS Hub in the CCT Building atrium . You must bring your “offer of admission” letter and valid identification/citizenship documents (see the UTM TCard website for details).

International perspective International Student Tip: TCard Pickup

We recognize the challenges of obtaining your TCard over the summer if you cannot access the campus during these months. Know that you will be able to pick up your card when you arrive on campus for the beginning of the Fall-Winter session. Be sure to prioritize this as one of your first steps when you arrive!

UTORid

Your UTORid is your username used to log in to various university services such as your email, Blackboard, and ACORN. When you pick up your TCard, you will receive an activation code for your UTORid. Activate your UTORid here. 

University Email Account

Your UTORid is required to activate and access your University of Toronto email account. All univeristy communication will be sent through this email address, so it is essential that you get into the practice of checking it regularly. You can activate your email services here.

Campus Communication

Maintain Up-to-Date Contact Information

To ensure that you never miss key information, please ensure that your address and phone number records are up-to-date. Please note that if your transition to UTM includes a new address and/or phone number, your information may need to be updated again. You can update your contact information on ACORN.

Emergency Communication: UT Alert

In an emergency, it’s critical that the university can reach you quickly with accurate information. To receive emergency updates and notices regarding campus closures due to severe weather, you can register for UT Alerts, U of T's emergency alerts system. You can select text, email and/or phone updates. Register with your UTORid at alert.utoronto.ca.

Commuting to Campus

Most UTM students live off-campus and travel daily to attend classes and participate in co-curricular programming. If you will be commuting to campus, these are some resources available to you.

Parking

If you travel by car, you can park in most lots across campus by purchasing a parking permit or by purchasing time at a parking meter. Presale of permits for students begins in early August. Your TCard is required to confirm eligibility. Passes are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. See the UTM Parking website for more information.

Carpooling
You can register a carpool with up to two (2) other UTM community members (students, staff, or faculty) to share the cost of your parking pass and access spaces reserved for registered carpooling vehicles. See the Carpool Program page for details.

Public Transit

MiWay - the U-Pass
A U-Pass is a student transit card that allows you to take unlimited fare-free rides on MiWay, Mississauga's transit system. Upon boarding a MiWay vehicle, present your U-Pass and TCard to ride at no additional charge. You can pick up your U-Pass in August after making or deferring your minimum tuition payment. See the UPass page for details.

Brampton Transit
UTM and Brampton Transit offered express bus service between UTM and Brampton Gateway Terminal for the first time during the 2016-17 academic year. This route has limited departures and is not covered by the U-Pass. As a pilot project, this service is subject to change. For more information, see the Brampton Transit page.

GO Transit
The nearest GO train stations are Clarkson on the Lakeshore line and Streetsville on the Milton Line. Visit gotransit.ca for schedules. You can travel between the GO stations and UTM using MiWay transit . GO ID cards for registered, full-time students are available at the TCard Office in the CCT Building atrium.

The Shuttle Bus
Shuttle buses run regularly between UTM, U of T's downtown St. George campus, and the Sheridan College Oakville Campus. Registered UTM students (full-time and part-time) have unlimited, fare-free access to these shuttle services by way of their TCard. Shuttle bus tickets are available for sale at the UTM I&ITS Hub, UTM Student Centre, IB ticket machine, and Hart House Hub for those who are not registered students. See the UTM Shuttle Bus website for more information.

Commuter Student Resources

Lockers
You can store your belongings in rented lockers located throughout the Davis Building and the Student Centre. To rent a locker, visit the UTMSU InfoBooth in the Student Centre. Prices vary depending on locker size. See the UTMSU Infobooth page for details.

Microwaves
Microwaves are located across campus for your convenience. Locations are listed below.

  • IB seating areas (1st floor)
  • DV Meeting Place
  • TFC
  • CCT atrium
  • Deerfield Hall
  • Coleman Commons
  • Student Centre

Course Tools

Blackboard

Blackboard (sometimes referred to as Portal) is a web-based system used by most instructors to deliver the course syllabus, lecture notes and assignments to you, communicate with you, and perform other functions. As a UTM student, you will regularly use this sytem to access your course materials. In addition, the log-in page will contain important announcements from the university.

To access Blackboard, go to portal.utoronto.ca and log in using your UTORid and password. The courses that you are enrolled in should appear. If not, do not panic, because:

  • It takes one to two business days to update course enrolment information to Blackboard
  • Some instructors do not make their Blackboard course information available until the first or second week of classes
  • Some instructors do not use Blackboard

You may be required to sign-up for tutorials, labs, or other types of groups for a course through Blackboard rather than on ACORN. If so, your instructor will send you an email with further instructions. This message will be sent to your official utoronto email account, so keep checking it regularly!  You can determine if your course has required tutorials or labs by consulting the Course Timetable.

Course Syllabus

Your course syllabus contains important information, including:

  • Lecture locations and times
  • Your instructor's contact information and office hours
  • Course description, materials, and assignment schedule
  • Course policies and grade breakdown

The syllabus will become available on Blackboard at your instructor's discretion, typically before or during the first week of classes. Before contacting your instructor with questions, check the syllabus! The info you're looking for will often be there.

Textbooks

Textbooks are the backbone of most courses and will be your most frequented source of information after your instructor. You will be assigned readings, and many courses expect for you to have done the readings beforehand. Double-check your course syllabus before class for your reading assignments.

 "It makes it so much easier to do assignments and projects knowing that Microsoft Office is available to us for free." -Joey, UTM student

You can purchase textbooks at the UTM Bookstore, located on the 1st floor of the Davis Building. You can also rent textbooks for the term or purchase used textbooks at a lower cost. Once your instructor tells you which textbook will be used for the course, visit the U of T Bookstore website or go to the UTM Bookstore in person to purchase textbooks.

Office 365

For the duration of your studies as a U of T student, you have free access to Office 365 ProPlus. Visit the Office 365 page for installation instructions and more information.

Campus Food Options

Types of Food

UTM has a food available to meet various dietary requirements, including dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and Halal. Among the available options are pizza, sushi, burritos, sandwiches, Asian fusion, pub fare and comfort food, soups and salads, and more! Check out the dining map for detailsIf you have any questions regarding how UTM can meet your dietary requirements, please contact the Hospitality & Retail Services Office to set up a meeting.

Meal Plan

The UTM Student Meal Plan is available to ALL students, whether you live in Residence or not. Most purchases made through your Meal Plan are tax exempt, leading to up to a 13% savings on applicable purchases. The online Budget Planner can help you determine if you need to adjust your Meal Plan (before September 27, 2017) to another in the same group or add funds. Your Meal Plan funds can conveniently be accessed using your TCard! Click here to learn more about the Meal Plan.

Campus Value Plan

Non-residence students can choose to purchase a Campus Value Plan that can be used anywhere that the Student Meal Plan can, and that saves you 5% on campus food purchases (with limited exceptions).  Campus Value Plan funds are also accessed using your TCard. These funds can carry-over from year to year and have more flexible pricing options. Click here to learn more about the Campus Value Plan.

Get Help

  • Parking & Transportation Services
    Room 108, Alumni House
    Phone: 905-828-5254
  • Hospitality & Retail Services - We can answer your questions related to campus food, meal plans, or any of the services that we offer. 
    Room 3127, Davis Building
    Phone: 905-569-4795
  • I&ITS Hub - Ask us your UTORid, email, Blackboard, or technology-related questions.
    CCT Atrium
    Phone: 905-828-5344

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