Engaging in Innis Student Life & Housing

Being a student at U of T and Innis College involves much more than the academic business of your courses, programs and degree. Student life refers to the realm of opportunities and services that take place outside of the classroom. This includes clubs, teams, social events, and peer mentorship, just to name a few. Fully preparing for first year also means discovering and engaging in these facets of student life. What follows is a list of highlights for Innis College students:

  • Innis College Student Society (ICSS): Every student at Innis College belongs to the student-governed ICSS. Your ICSS Council coordinates a wide range of events, clubs, teams and opportunities to engage in our vibrant Innis community, including the much anticipated Orientation Week. Keep an eye out for Council elections, when two first year student reps are voted in.
  • Orientation Week: This is a weeklong series of activities designed to transition new students into life at Innis and U of T. Year after year, frosh week proves to be a fun, memorable and informative experience, where new students begin to form lasting friendships. Visit the ICSS website for more information.
  • Campus Tours: Before arriving at U of T and Innis College in September, consider a visit to downtown Toronto to orient yourself to the St. George campus, the surrounding neighbourhoods and your transportation options. The Nona Macdonald Visitor’s Centre offers regular campus walking tours throughout the summer, as do the U of T libraries.
  • Office of Student Life: Here at Innis, we have an entire team of professionals dedicated to enhancing the student life experience. Led by our Dean of Students, Steve Masse, this team facilitates leadership, mentorship, and community outreach. Visit the Innis Student Life website to find out how to get involved.
  • Centre for International Experience (CIE): The CIE is a meeting place for a diverse community of international students coming to U of T and domestic students looking to go abroad. Drop by the CIE at the Cumberland House to find information and make new friends.


Student Housing

Many Innis College students choose to live in on-campus student housing.

  • 329 students, 60% of whom are in their first year, live in the Innis Residence that is located right across the street from the College.
  • Many Innisians also call the Chestnut Residence home.

The student housing experience is about much more than a convenient location. The residence experience is an interactive, safe and supportive one, where you are an automatic member of a tightly-knit community.

  • This A&S website provides a good entry point to discovering your housing options. Note the MyRes website, through which you will apply and prepare for first year residence life.
  • Both the Innis and Chestnut Residences offer building tours throughout the summer, in addition to providing photo and video tours on their respective websites.
  • The central Housing Services office is the primary resource for all forms of student accommodation including off-campus, temporary and independent housing options.


Before school begins, you will also want to consider your food options on campus. The UeaT website is your best starting point. Here you can find a detailed map of the 30+ cafés, restaurants and dining halls, and you can shop around for a meal plan that best fits your lifestyle.


Note that residents of Innis Residence do not require a meal plan, as they have access to a fully-equipped kitchen within their suites.


Within the College building, the ever-popular Innis Café provides a vast range of breakfast and lunch options, including freshly-squeezed juices and smoothies.

Now that you are aware of your student life opportunities, and have made some important decisions about housing and food, you are almost ready to begin. Find out what last minute items you should consider before your first classes begin.