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Thrive in First Year and Beyond

Coming to university may feel like a big adjustment. Rest assured, there is a wide range of personal and academic support available. You just have to take the first step.


The Writing Centre is the best service at U of T, especially as an ESL student. The Career Centre is also really helpful. If you have no idea where you want to go with your studies, they can simulate job interviews, provide career advice and improve your resumé. I feel much more confident after going through the mock interview process with them.

Eros, Double major in
contemporary Asian studies and economics

 I’ve used the Health and Wellness Centre on campus when I’ve been sick. After your first appointment you can book online, which is really convenient. A student’s time is valuable, and they get you in and out quickly here.

Madeline, Double major in
ethics, society and law, and psychology,
with a minor in women and gender studies 


If you’re struggling (mentally or physically) and not sure what to do, the Health and Wellness Centre is a good place to start. I also use Accessibility Services for my learning disability, and they have been helpful.

Specialist in computer science


The Writing Centre has been an integral part of my time here and helped me improve my grades. I love my college registrar, too. If you have any questions about money, go there. They won’t know you need support unless you talk to them!

Janessa, Double major in
peace, conflict and justice studies,
and diaspora and transnational studies

Where will your degree take you?

Read stories of Arts & Science alumni and explore the many career options your U of T degree will give you on the Career Navigator.


Can't Live Without…

Here are a few tried-and-tested items that are helping other top scholars in their studies.

  • My agenda never leaves my side. If I write things down, I remember them better.
  • Granola bars with almond, coconut, cashew, chai — the perfect study snack.
  • Lip balm, of course. 
  • My noise-blocking headphones. 
  • Coloured markers, because note-taking is just more fun that way.
  • Digital textbooks on your laptop to make your backpack lighter.
Campus Resources

Where To Go When

  • College Registrar’s Office: advising on personal, academic, financial, family or career issues.
  • Department and program advisors: specifics on courses, programs, prerequisites and instructional issues.
  • College Deans of Students and Student Life Offices: information and advice about student-life activities, residence and commuter-student support.
  • The Office of the Faculty Registrar: transcripts, exam conflicts, final marks and exam rereads.
  • U of T Student Life programs and services: academic support, health and wellness, career planning, diversity and equity offices, community safety and more.
  • English Language Learning Program: support to improve your English language skills.
Learn more about Academic Advising and other resources.