When You Arrive
On this page:
- Support and Resources
- Enhancing your Experience
- Present your documents to the Canada Border Service Agency Officer;
- Answer any questions they may ask you;
- Keep your newly issued study permit in a safe place.
Mississauga Transit (MiWay) - Approximately 1 hour and 10 minutres for $3.75.
- For more information about accessing MiWay, please visit here.
Taxi Services - Approximately 35 minutes, $35 - $50.
- For more information on accessing airport taxi services, please visit here.
*Please note that the time estimates are based on travel time without traffic and the costs vary depending on the taxi service.
- Visit one of the food outlets on campus;
- Find a restaurant or have some food delivered to you if you will be living off campus or if the on campus food outlets are closed. Click here to get some suggestions.
- Research the products and services offered by different banks;
- Bring two pieces of identification with you if you choose to open a bank account (e.g. passport, study permit, driver's licence, etc.).
- Research the various service providers;
- Here are a few to get you started (in Alphabetical order): Bell, Fido, Koodo, Rogers, Telus, Virgin Mobile, Freedom.
- Determine the plan that best fits your needs;
- Already have a phone? You may be able to select a plan, get a new SIM card and continue to use your phone!
Obtain your TCard
Your TCard is your official University identification and will provide you with access to various services including access to the Library, the Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre (RAWC), the St George-UTM Shuttle Bus among others. Plus, you will need to have it with you for exams and to access to the Mississauga Transit.
- Bring your offer of admission letter;
- Bring your passport AND study permit with you;
- Visit the I&ITS Service Desk in the CCT Building.
Activate your UTORid and UTORmail
- Follow the steps listed on the letter you were provided with when you got your TCard to activate your UTORid;
- Your UTORid will be printed on your TCard (top left corner of the scan bar);
- The activation key will be printed on your letter;
- Follow the instructions to setup your UTORmail, your official Univerisity of Toronto email.
Update address details on ACORN
- Log in to your ACORN account and update your personal information with your new address, cell phone number and UTORmail address.
Several orientation events will take place during the first weeks in September to help students to adapt to their new living and learning environment. Make sure to participate in those that are of interest to you:
- International & New-to-Canada Student Welcome - brought to you by the International Education Centre and UTMSU, this event will provide you with a great opportunity to meet other international, new-to-Canada and domestic students, discover the campus and explore the city!
- O-Week - the official welcome to UTM provides new students with an introduction to academic and social life on campus to help with their transition;
- Residence Orientation - only open to students living in on campus housing as a way to introduce them to their community;
- UTMSU Orientation Week - first year student orientation brought to you by the University of Toronto Mississauga Student Union;
- Parent & Family Orientation - for parents and families, a special session for parents of international students will be offered.
Obtain and print your Health Insurance Card
International students are automatically enrolled in a health isurance plan to receive basic health insurance coverage in Ontario. Without your insurance, medical care can be very expensive. Please keep the following details in mind:
- Familiarize yourself with your plan - you can find detailed information here;
- Most international students are enrolled in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP);
- Some programs like ACE@UTM students are covered under GuardMe.
- Register, print and carry your health insurance card with you at all times;
- Learn about your supplemental health and dental insurance plan offered through your Student Union;
- Visit the International Education Centre (IEC) in room 2094A in the Davis Building (DV). We can help you to print your card and understand the differences between your basic and supplemental plans.
Participating in the various clubs, programs and events offered outside of the classroom is a great way to make your experience at UTM as rewarding as possible. There are many options, we have highlighted a few to get you started:
- Clubs Week - an opportunity to explore the various student clubs on campus;
- LAUNCH - a transition program for first year students;
- utmLEAD - leadership development opportunity open to all students;
- Community Engagement Opportunities - short and long term opportunities available;
- Buddy Program - meet new people and receive support from upper-year students;
- Team Sports
- Visit the IEC! We are open Monday to Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm in room 2094A in the Davis Building. We would love to meet you and answer your questions.
- Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
- Social Insurance Number (SIN) - A SIN is a 9-digit number that you need to work and be paid in Canada and access government programs and benefits. You must apply for a SIN if you plan to work in Canada. Please follow the steps below to apply for a SIN:
- Visit a Service Canada Office. Your SIN will be issued the day you apply.
- Bring your study permit that states "may accept employment" or "may work" in Canada and a valid passport.
- If you are considering working in Canada, there are two steps you should follow before you start looking for a job: