Student Essentials

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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 →  UTORid and Student Email → TCard 

The TCard office is in the CCT Atrium.

Refer to the UTM TCard website for information on identification, documents required and the process to get your TCard.


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UTORid and Student Email


Students who have accepted their U of T offer of admission will be able to obtain their UTORid right away. 

Please visit the UTM TCard Services site for details and instructions for Getting Your UTORid

University Email Account

Your UTORid is required to activate and access your University of Toronto email account. All university communication will be sent to this email address, so it is essential that you get into the practice of checking it regularly. Your email account will be activated at the same time that you activate your UTORid.

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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), 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

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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. Be sure to prioritize this as one of your first steps when you arrive!

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: UTAlert

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 UTAlert, U of T's emergency alerts system. You can select text, email and/or phone updates. Register with your UTORid at

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.


If you travel to campus by car, you can park in most lots across campus by purchasing a parking permit or by purchasing time at a parking meter. Parking is enforced by the City of Mississauga, so remember to display a valid permit or P&D at all times.

Parking permits are sold online; the annual online permit presale for UTM students typically begins in early August. Your TCard is required to confirm eligibility at time of pickup (late August). Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis as quantities are limited. Permit availability is not guaranteed and we can sell out. Try to purchase your permit early if parking is your preferred commuting option. See the UTM Parking website for more information.


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 permit 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.

GO Transit

The nearest GO train stations are Clarkson on the Lakeshore line and Erindale on the Milton Line. Visit 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, lower level, Information & Instructional Technology Services (I&ITS) Service Desk.

Brampton Transit

UTM and Brampton Transit offer an express bus transit route between the Brampton Gateway Terminal and UTM. UTM students residing in Brampton may find this option helpful as it trims at least 30-40 minutes off the one-way travel time normally encountered between these two points. This service is operated by Brampton Transit and is part of its normal fare structure, allowing riders the choice to pay with cash or their PRESTO cards.  Note that this program is not associated with UTM’s U-Pass with MiWay. For more information, see the Brampton Transit page.

The Shuttle Bus

Shuttle buses run regularly between UTM and U of T's downtown St. George campus. They also run on a limited schedule to accommodate joint courses at 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. 

*Temporary Shuttle Bus restrictions are in place due to COVID-19. Please check the UTM Shuttle Bus website for current operating policies and updates.

Commuting Updates due to COVID-19:

MiWay, Brampton Transit, Oakville Transit, GO Transit and the Toronto Transit Commission municipal services are expected to continue operations. Please check municipal transit authority websites for specific information and updates related to their operations. 

See the UTMTogether FAQ website for more information.

Commuter Student Resources


You can store your belongings in rented lockers located throughout the Davis Building, Student Centre and MN Building. 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 are located across campus for your convenience. Locations are listed below.

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

    Course Tools


    Quercus is a web-based system used by instructors to communicate with you and 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 system to access your course materials. In addition, the dashboard will contain important announcements from the university. Go to UTM Learn Anywhere to learn more about Quercus and other instructional technologies that are used for your course work.

    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. It is also available on the Office of the Registrar timetable. Before contacting your instructor with questions, check the syllabus! The info you're looking for will often be there.


    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.

    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.

    Microsoft 365

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


    Campus Food Options

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    Types of Food

    UTM has a variety of food options on campus to accommodate 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.

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    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 up to a 13 per cent savings on applicable purchases. The Online Budget Planner can help you determine if you need to adjust your Meal Plan (before Sept. 30, 2020) to another in the same group or add funds. Your Meal Plan funds can be conveniently accessed using your TCard! Click here to learn more about the Meal Plan.

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    Campus Value Plan

    Non-residence students can choose to purchase a Campus Value Plan that can be used at any food service location on campus. You will save 5 per cent on most on campus food purchases. Campus Value Plan funds are also accessed using your TCard and carry-over from year to year. Click here to learn more about the Campus Value Plan.

    Get Help

    Parking & Transportation Services
    Room 108, Alumni House

    Hospitality & Retail Services – Ask us about food service and meal plans. 
    Room 3127, Davis Building
    Phone: 905-569-4795

    UTM Service Desk – Ask us about UTORid, email, Quercus or technology-related questions.
    CCT Atrium
    Phone: 905-828-5344

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