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!

What is the difference between Orientation Week, Residence Orientation, and Commuter Orientation?


Where will I be staying during Orientation?

Vic is very proud to provide residence accommodations for 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, as you will be sleeping on the floor of your assigned room (including sleeping bag, blankets, pillows, a towel, etc.) and toiletries.

The deadline to indicate interest in billeting on the registration form was July 31, 2019. At this time, no other billeting will be offered. This option was 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...

  • T-shirt (Tip: We suggest hand washing the shirt first before putting it in the washer/dryer!)

  • 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 in VC101 (Old Vic College Main Floor), so you don't have to worry about carrying a backpack around. 


Please contact Orientation Co-Chair Cynthia Wong at vic.orientation@utoronto.ca or Christina Alcena, (Campus Life Coordinator), at christina.alcena@utoronto.ca.

Who can I contact if I require accessibility services, such as ASL interpretation or transportation?


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

Is attendance mandatory for Orientation?


Yes! They will be uploaded onto our website, and we will notify everyone via email and social media once they have been uploaded.

Will resources and presentations from Orientation week be available?


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

Will food be provided?


Alcohol will not be provided, as this is a dry orientation. This being said, if you are intoxicated during Orientation Week, please find an orientation executive, leader, transition mentor, don, or staff member if you need help. Your safety is the most important thing!

Will alcohol be provided?


Yes! Faculty will be present and engaged throughout the week. Be sure to attend Brunch with Professors and Guest Lectures to meet them!

Is there any faculty involvement during Orientation?


Around Victoria College’s Campus! The closest TTC station is Museum, and there is parking available beneath Rowell Jackman Hall, and on Charles Street West. 15 Minute Parking Passes will be available for Residence Move-in on September 1st.

Where does Orientation Week take place?


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 Christina Alcena, (Campus Life Coordinator), at christina.alcena@utoronto.ca.