Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Orientation Week – #RoadtoRyerson 2017?

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!

Building on the success of previous years, we will be hosting a 3 day concert series. This concert series will feature something for everyone including live performances from a variety of genres and talent, speakers, poetry artists and much more!

When is Orientation Week – #RoadtoRyerson 2017?

#RoadtoRyerson 2017 runs from Sunday, August 27th to Monday, September 4th.

Sunday, August 27th is only for Residence students, as it is Residence move-in day.

Is Orientation Week mandatory?

While it is highly recommended that you attend the fun, informative, and exciting events running during Orientation 2017, it is not mandatory that you attend.

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.

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:

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

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

We encourage you to bring:
· Sunscreen
· Appropriate clothing for the weather & Event
· A pen
· Water bottle
· Your health card/health insurance details
· Any medications you think you may need
· Money (while Orientation is free, we ask that you bring money just in case you need anything. Some events will require a donation as well; these will be clearly identified)
· Lunch/Dinner or enough money for meals (Free breakfast is provided by the RSU Monday-Friday, lunch is provided on Monday August 28th and a fundraising lunch will take place on Thursday August 31st; other than that, all lunches are “bring your own”)

Is there any food provided during Orientation Week?

Breakfast is provided by the Ryerson Students’ Union free of charge for a majority of the week for all students participating in Ryerson’s Central Orientation Week. Lunch and dinner are not provided, so we encourage you to bring lunch/dinner or between $20-30 per day if you intend to stay on campus during dinner time. Some lunches will be provided, those will be distributed on Monday and Thursday.

On Residence Move-in Day, dinner is provided to Residence students.

When is the first day of classes for the Fall 2017 term?

The first day of classes is Tuesday, September 5th, 2017.

Are Orientation Week events open to students under 19 years of age (legal drinking age)?

All events during Central Orientation Week 2017 are open to Ryerson students of all ages. There are no age-restrictions.

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

There will be an in-person sign-in/registration process for each day during Orientation Week. We’ll also have pre-registration options soon.

How can I connect with other incoming students, Orientation Leaders, and staff before Orientation Week?

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’ page for more details.

Can individuals not going to Ryerson attend #RoadtoRyerson Orientation 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.

Is there a cost associated with participating during #RoadtoRyerson Orientation?

There are no costs associated with participating in Ryerson’s Central Orientation Week events.
There are certain events that we ask for a donation in order for us to contribute back to the community and charitable causes. Those events and more can be found on the Orientation Calendar.

Can my parents attend #RoadtoRyerson?

While parents cannot attend the same events that incoming students attend, we do run an Orientation Week session just for parents, which takes place twice during Orientation Week.

– Tuesday August 29th from 6-9pm.
– Thursday August 31st from 6-9pm.

Where can I find information about fees and course enrolment?

You can find information about fees, course enrolment and all the steps required to get ready for the start of class on the New Students web page through Undergraduate Admissions: Undergraduate Admission Website

I will not be able to pick up my OneCard until after Orientation Week, where can I pick it up?

If for some reason you cannot get your OneCard during Orientation Week, you will need to visit the OneCard office during regular hours of operations starting September 5th, 2017.

Is Orientation Week the same as the RSU's 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 27th-September 4th 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 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 5th to Friday, September 8th. All Ryerson students, no matter what year of study they’re in, can participate in this week of 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!

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

The move-in date for Residence students is Sunday, August 27th, 2017.

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.

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.

Will my photo be taken at Orientation Week?

Image Consent Policy

By participating in and/or attending this event/activity Ryerson University will assume you have provided consent for your image/voice to be collected, used and reproduced by Ryerson University, its employees, or agents. All audio recordings, video recordings, digital recordings, negatives and/or slides together with any prints shall constitute the property of Ryerson University solely and completely. If you do not wish to be recorded at the event, please let our registration staff know upon your arrival. We will do our best to accommodate your request. If you have any questions about the collection, use or reproduction of these records by Ryerson University, please contact us at orientation@ryerson.ca

We do our best to post a Facebook album of each day’s best pics during OWeek – check them out at www.facebook.com/rustudentlife