Is attendance mandatory for Orientation?

Orientation is not mandatory, but is highly encouraged! There are lots of activities planned to address a wide variety of interests, so you're sure to find something that peaks your interest! Besides, when else do you get a week at Vic without homework and tests? Take advantage of Orientation and get used to your new home before the semester starts.

If you have any particular concerns about your involvement please reach out to our Orientation Co-Chair, Cynthia Wong, at vic.orientation@utoronto.ca or call the VUSAC office at 416-585-4473. In addition, students are free to register and partake in all events offered or pick and choose– it is your week to make the most of. 

Residence Orientation on Sunday, Sept. 1 is mandatory for incoming students living in residence for the 2019-2020 year


Will food be provided?

At Vic Orientation 2019 we have prioritized feeding ALL incoming students and leaders free of charge! Staying well fed and hydrated are the keys to having a successful and productive Orientation. All provided meals will also include options for dietary needs including, but not limited to, gluten free, halal, vegetarian, and vegan. 


Where will I be staying during Orientation?

Vic is very proud to provide residence accommodations for all students participating in Orientation. Commuters have the option of requesting a room in one of the Victoria College residences for the week. These students will be billeting with one or two residence students. Note, you will be required to bring your own sleeping materials (including sleeping bag, blankets, pillows, a towel, etc.) and toiletries.

The deadline to indicate interest in billeting on the registration form is July 31, 2019. This option is first come first serve, pending space.


What should I bring?

All students...

  • Casual clothes and your comfiest shoes

  • Sunscreen

  • A light jacket or sweater if needed

If you are a commuter staying in residence for the week...

  • A sleeping bag, pillow, an air mattress

  • Towels and toiletries

  • Shower flip flops

You can expect to be provided with... aka–your orientation kit...

  • A small drawstring back bag

  • A reusable water bottle

  • Lots of other goodies


can I store my stuff somewhere if I'm a commuter and am not billeting for the week?

Yes! For the duration of Orientation there will be a supervised commuter storage space all day every day, so you don't have to worry about carrying a backpack around. 


What's the difference between Orientation week, Residence Orientation, and Commuter Orientation?

Orientation Week is the main orientation for all incoming Vic students - it's filled with fun events and informational sessions to help you get adjusted to university.

Residence Orientation is on the Sunday just before the start of Orientation Week. It is designed to give first year residence students the opportunity to adjust to campus living, interact with floor mates, and meet their Dons before the upper year students return to residence. It gives the residence Dons a chance to share important information and give “insider tips” on making the most of university life. Res-O is mandatory for all incoming students planning to live in residence; commuter students staying in residence during Orientation are expected to participate as well.

Commuter Orientation takes place 3 weeks before Res-O and O-Week and is an additional weekend of scheduled events for commuters. It serves as a first contact opportunity to make friends and get acquainted with university.  For more information on O-Week and Comm-O, look under their respective tabs at the top of this page!


Is there any faculty involvement during Orientation?

Yes! Faculty will be present and engaged throughout the week! 


I Can't find the link to register?


I do not have a question right now, but what if I have one later?

No problem – we love questions! If anything comes up, please feel free to e-mail Cynthia Wong (Orientation Co-Chair) at vic.orientation@utoronto.ca or call the VUSAC office at 416-585-4473.