Student Essentials

Student Essentials

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 and Student Email

TCard office is in the CCT Atrium.

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

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

Please note: no student T-Cards are being printed at the moment due to campus closure. There is no known date at this time for when T-Cards will be issued. 


IEC LogoInternational 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!


Students who have accepted their U of T offer of admission will be able to obtain their UTORid (and U of T Email) starting June 8th.

On June 8, 2020, newly admitted fall students can submit a photo online using the MyPhoto system. (This photo will be used for your TCard, when we re-open)

Once a photo is submitted, students can schedule an online appointment with a TCard staff to verify your identity and obtain your UTORid activation passwords using Microsoft Teams video conferencing. To book an appointment, login to the CLNx (Career & Co-Curricular Learning Network) using the JOINid/UTORid and password provided to you at application/registration.  CLNx appointment booking will be available for fall students, beginning on June 8th.

At The Appointment, You Will:

Be required to show your face via a webcam (for identity purposes).

Show your valid physical/hard copy government-issued photo identification/documentation (no photocopies or pictures of ID will be accepted).

Have your MyPhoto picture verified and approved.

Be provided with UTORid activation instructions for access to online resources, including U of T email, once the verification is completed.

When the University re-opens, you will be required to visit our office in person to obtain your TCard and provide documentation to validate your legal status in Canada.

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.

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 by car, you can park in most lots across campus by purchasing a parking permit or by purchasing time at a parking meter. The Online presale of permits for UTM students 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. 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 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 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.

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.

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 accomodate 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.

Commuter Student Resources


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 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 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.

Go to the UTM Learn Anywhere webpage to learn more about Quercus and other instructional technologies that are used for your course work. There are additional resources on the UTM Library & Instructional Technologies webpage.

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 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 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.

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% savings on applicable purchases. The Online Budget Planner can help you determine if you need to adjust your Meal Plan (before September 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.

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% 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.

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