FAQs

Please see below for answers to our frequently asked questions. If you have a question that is not answered below, please send us your question via email at orientation@ryerson.ca or call us at 416-979-5000 ext. 2580.

1.     What is Orientation Week 2014?
2.     When is Orientation Week 2014?
3.     Is Orientation Week mandatory?
4.     Where are the Orientation Week events held and how can I get there?
5.     Do I need to bring anything to participate in Orientation Week events?
6.     What should I wear to actively participate in Orientation Week events?
7.     Are any meals provided during Orientation Week?
8.     When is the first day of classes for the Fall 2014 term?
9.     Are Orientation Week events open to students under 19 years of age (the legal drinking age in Ontario)?
10.    Is there a registration or sign-up process for attending Orientation Week activities and events?
11.   How do I connect with other incoming students, Orientation Leaders, and staff before O-Week 2014?
12.   Can individuals not going to Ryerson attend Orientation Week 2014 events?
13.   Is there a cost associated with participating during Orientation Week 2014?
14.   Can my parents attend Orientation Week 2014?
15.   Where can I pay my fees?
16.   When can I get my OneCard (Ryerson’s student ID card)?
17.   Is Orientation Week the same as the RSU Week of Welcome?
18.   I am going to be living in Residence. When can I move in?
19.   Are all of the Orientation Week events accessible?
20.   Will alcohol be served at Orientation Week? Can I bring alcohol to Orientation Week events?

1. What is Orientation Week?
Orientation Week is nine days of events and activities before classes officially begin that help students transition to university and get to know the Ryerson Campus as well as the city around it. Students will learn about resources available to them, get to know their peers, and experience some awesome and unique events like attempting to break a Guinness World Record or our Fiesta Del Fuego!

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2. When is Orientation Week 2014?
Orientation Week runs from Sunday, August 24th until Monday, September 1st.
The 24th is only for residence students as it is Residence Move-in Day, but the rest of the week is open to all students.

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3. Is Orientation Week mandatory?

While it is highly recommended that you attend the fun, informative, and exciting events running during Orientation Week 2014, it is not mandatory that you attend. N.B. Some Residence and Academic Orientation Meetings ARE mandatory. Make sure you check the details of your academic program’s meeting. If you live in Residence, pay attention to the information the Residence Life Staff share with you.

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4. Where are the Orientation Week events held and how can I get there?

Almost all of Ryerson’s Central Orientation Week events take place on campus, either at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, the Kerr Hall Quad, the campus pub (The Ram in the Rye), around our Residences, or in classrooms in one of the official campus buildings. If you are coming in from off-campus, these locations are all easily accessible from the Dundas or College TTC Subway stations. There will be signs and volunteers all over campus directing students to events as well, so be on the look-out for them. If you see one of our volunteers in their very obvious and visible t-shirts, please go up to them and ask them questions. They will be very excited to speak with and help you as much as they can.

When planning your days on campus during Orientation Week, please look at the Ryerson campus map to see where all events are located: http://www.ryerson.ca/maps/

 If you are driving to campus, official Ryerson parking can be found at Dundas and Victoria Street. There is a cost associated with parking your car in this facility.

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5. Do I need to bring anything to participate in Orientation Week events?

We encourage you to bring:
·      Sunscreen
·      Appropriate clothing for the weather and types of events running that day
·      A pen
·      Water bottle (We do give out water bottles but they’re distributed on a first come, first served basis.)
·      Your health card/health insurance details
·      Any medications you think you may need
·      Money

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6. What should I wear to actively participate in Orientation Week events?

Throughout the week there are activities with varying levels of physicality. To participate, please dress appropriately for the weather. Running shoes, active wear, etc. would be encouraged. There are some more formal type of events during the week, too, so take a look at our calendar and take note. (If you live off campus, you can bring a change of clothes if you wish.)

Ultimately, you can wear anything you feel comfortable in, but please do take into consideration the weather and types of activities that day.

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7. Are any meals provided during Orientation Week?

Breakfast and lunch are provided free of charge from Monday, August 25th- Friday, August 29th for all students participating in Ryerson’s Central Orientation Week. Dinner is not provided, so we encourage you to bring between $10-$20 per day if you intend to stay on campus during dinner time.

On Residence Move-in Day, dinner is provided to Residence students for a small fee. You can partake in the free meals from August 25th-29th, but you can also use your official meal plan in the Pitman Hall cafeteria and anywhere else where the OneCard is accepted on campus.

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8. When is the first day of classes for the Fall 2014 term?

The first day of classes is Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

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9. Are Orientation Week events open to students under 19 years of age (the legal drinking age in Ontario)?

All events during Central Orientation Week 2014 are open to students of all ages.

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10. Is there a registration or sign-up process for attending Central Orientation Week activities and events?

At this time there is no pre-registration process, but there will be a sign-in/registration process for each day during Orientation Week.

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11. How can I connect with other incoming students, Orientation Leaders, and staff before O-Week 2014?

To connect with other incoming students, Orientation Leaders, and/or staff members, please follow us on and interact with our social media accounts! Please see our ‘Connect With Us’ page for more details.

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12. Can individuals not going to Ryerson attend Orientation Week 2014 events?

In general, Ryerson’s Central Orientation Week events are for incoming Ryerson students only. Anyone who is not a student at Ryerson will not be admitted into events and activities with limited capacity because our priorities are to serve the needs of our new students first and foremost, and for the new students to connect with people within the Ryerson community. We highly recommend that new students come to Orientation Week with an open mind and we will help you connect with new friends through our activities and events.

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13. Is there a cost associated with participating during Orientation Week 2014?

There are no costs associated with participating in Ryerson’s Central Orientation Week events. There is one exception: at lunch on Thursday, August 28th we ask for a small donation with all proceeds going to support the RSU Community Food Room. The price for this BBQ lunch is $2.00 or one (1) non-perishable food item.

Activities from Saturday, August 30th – Monday, September 1st may have some small cost-recovery charges associated with them, though this is still to be determined. Stay tuned to this web site for more information as it becomes available.

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14. Can my parents attend Orientation Week 2014?

While parents cannot attend the same events that incoming students attend, we do run an Orientation Week session just for parents, which takes place three (3) times during Orientation Week 2014.

– Tuesday August 26th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Mattamy Athletic Centre Alumni Lounge
– Thursday August 28th  from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the Mattamy Athletic Centre Alumni Lounge

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15. Where can I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees online, in person, or over the phone. Please visit this website for more information: http://www.ryerson.ca/currentstudents/fees_finances/payonline/

If you’d like to pay in person, the Enrolment Services and Student Fees Office is located in room POD64, 350 Victoria Street.

Office Hours:
– Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
– Tuesday: 10 am – 6:30 pm
– Friday: 12 noon – 4:30 pm

Telephone Hours:
416-979-5136
– Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
– Friday: 12 noon – 4:00 p.m.

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16. When can I get my OneCard (Ryerson’s student ID card)?

OneCards are available for general pick-up from August 25th-September 4th in Kerr Hall West 73, the Lower Gym.

If you are going to live in Residence, OneCards will be available on Residence Move-In Day, August 24th, 2014.

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17. Is Orientation Week the same as the RSU Week of Welcome?

No. Though the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) and the Central Orientation Team collaborate on many events during Orientation Week, the RSU Week of Welcome is a totally different thing.

Orientation Week runs from August 24th-September 1st to welcome Ryerson’s new students to campus and help you connect, adjust, and learn about what it means to be a member of our community. This week is coordinated by the Central Orientation Team (a part of the Office of Student Community Life), with events run by many departments and student societies on campus just for new students!

The RSU Week of Welcome is planned by the Ryerson Students’ Union and runs during the first week of classes, from Tuesday, September 2nd to Friday, September 5th. All Ryerson students, no matter what year of study they’re in, can participate in this week of free events designed to inform you about the great programs and services provided by the RSU. The Week of Welcome is not meant to act as an Orientation Week, but rather it augments what you will experience during Orientation.

We encourage you to attend both, but don’t miss out on your Orientation!

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18. I am going to be living in Residence. When can I move in?

For students living in Residence, Move-In Day is on Sunday, August 24th, 2014.

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19. Are all of the Orientation Week events accessible?

Ryerson University is committed to ensuring that all events are 100% accessible and inclusive.

If you require any special accommodations please contact Andrew Bisnauth (Orientation and Events Specialist) by email at: abisnaut@ryerson.ca or by telephone at: 416-979-5000 ext. 4092.

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You can find an Accessibility Map for Ryerson campus by clicking here.


20. Will alcohol be served at Orientation Week events? Can I bring alcohol to Orientation Week events?
All events run by Ryerson’s Central Orientation Team (except for those run in partnership with the Ryerson Students’ Union) are completely dry events. ALL of our events are open to students of all ages.

You will be refused entry into an event if you appear intoxicated or have alcohol on your person. Please do not bring alcohol to any event during Orientation Week.

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