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    Sundial showing Toronto time
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    University College and Front Campus
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    University of Toronto St. George Campus

    by coolpanda87 Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    University of Toronto

    Selected by Macleans Magazine as Canada's most prestigious university, University is Canada's premiere reasearch oriented educational institution. Founded in 1827, it is now grown to three campuses (St. George downtown, Mississauga & UTSC) and is fully affiliated with nine hospitals in the GTA. U of T is home to over 63 000 students from all over the globe. Some of U of T's achievements include the first electronic heart pacemaker, artificial larynx, single-lung transplant, nerve transplant, artificial pancreas, anti-blackout suit, (later adapted to create the astronaut space suit) & chemical laser. Distinguished programs here include Medicine, engineering, science, English, & music.

    Highlights of St. George Campus include Convocation Hall, Robarts Library(over fifteen million books & materials), St. Michael's College, Hart House(sports & recreation), University College Trinity College, RCM Conservatory, Varsity stadium & Knox College.

    Most of the interesting architecture are of English 19th century style, though it is now mixed with many contemporary buildings, including the dreary concrete slabs of the sixties and seventies. Many of U of T's buildings are over a century old, so some that have not been repaired may look like they are falling apart.

    University of Toronto St. George Campus is a nice place to relax after a long day of sightseeing, & you could rest in its many parks, courtyards or at philosopher's walk.

    Walking tours on the St. George campus depart from the Nona Macdonald Visitors Centre, located at 25 King's College Circle. General tours are offered daily Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m.

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    A Life-Giving Institution of Education

    by ellyse Written Jan 5, 2010

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    One of the best universities (or is it the best?) in Canada, University of Toronto has a elegant, historic campus with plenty of architecture in the Romanesque, Gothic etc styles, for visitors to admire and photograph. I had the luck and honour to be shown around the main campus (St.George campus) by my two friends who are now alumni of the university. http://www.utoronto.ca/__shared/assets/3D_Map1103.pdf is a good 3D map of the St.George campus.
    The Latin motto of "velut arbor ævo" (in English "as a tree through the ages"), has a surprising correlation to the Chinese saying that says it takes 10 years to grow a tree, but a 100 years to cultivate a generation of people.
    Turning in from the King's College entrance, the building across the oval lawn at the end of the road is University College, the founding nondenominational college of UofT. This oval lawn, enclosed by King's College Circle, is the traditional centre of the university, with the centrepiece being this very main building of University College.
    The university is divided into a number of colleges such as University, Victoria (its main building being affectionately nicknamed Old Vic) and Knox, with the most prestigious being Trinity. Only after I got there then I realised that I have a junior college classmate who was from Trinity College! I even chanced upon a wedding going on in Knox College.
    Walking east from the oval lawn in front of University College, you'll find the buildings of the Ontario Provincial Legislature. South of those buildings, on University Avenue are 4 hospitals affliated with UofT.
    The university boasts one of the biggest university libraries in the world. Apart from gaping at the extensive collection, I had fun experiencing the antique lift in the library. Another library, the Robarts Library, has a unique building design resembling a peacock.
    All work and no play makes for a dull life for any university student. Recreation is also a unmissable part of campus life, with its heart at Hart House. The building is easily recognisable by the neon pink outline of a heart over its main entrance.
    Adjacent to Hart House is Soldiers' Tower, a memorial for the remembrance of university members lost to the battlefields of the 1st and 2nd World Wars in the 20th century.
    Near dome-roofed Convocation Hall, I found the Meridian of Toronto (recognised by scientists till 1908) as well as a sundial marking Toronto time. If you're interested in astronomy, time etc there're signages explaining these two items in detail. However though I have the interest, I didn't have enough brain to understand some of what was said! :P At the same location, looking away from the university (south), you have a view of Toronto landmark CN Tower.
    The campus mascot seems to be the squirrel. On my visit I saw many of these kute animals on the luscious green grass, seemingly totally un-shy of approaching humans.

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    University of Toronto Downtown Campus

    by windsorgirl Written Oct 1, 2004

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    U of T, downtown campus

    If you can't make it across the big pond to visit Oxford or Cambridge then I suggest you check out the U of T campus in downtown Toronto. There are many beautiful old buildings here with fantastic architectural detail.
    See my travelogue for more U of T photos.

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    Victoria College

    by mikey_e Written Jun 7, 2007

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    Victoria College building

    Victoria College was originally founded in Bowmanville (a small town an hour or so east of Toronto), but it was moved to the University of Toronto campus over 150 years ago. Although the College is affiliated with the United Church of Canada, it is open to all students of the University. A small seminary remains (Emmanueal College) on the grounds of Victoria College. Victoria is most remarkable for Gate House residences (the tower at the end of St. Mary's Street is part of Gate House) and the Victoria College building, built from sandstone. The Isabel Bader Theatre, also part of Victoria, is often used to screen films during the Toronto International Film Festival.

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    The University

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jun 22, 2009

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    I'm a big fan of walking around college campuses, and the University of Toronto is something to behold. My only regrets are that I was there on a Sunday, so most of the buildings were closed. As a student of a mid-size (20,000 student) university, I stand in awe of a place that holds about 70,000 students. Not only that, but there is some really interesting architecture around the campus, and some very old buildings that I found neat to view. The college does sponsor some walking tours throughout the summer, but in any case, if you go and it's open, I suggest finding the visitor center at 25 King's College Circle (you walk north on St. George Street from College and watch for the sign on the east side of the street), because it was pretty easy to get lost wandering around campus - there are a few maps sprinkled about, but you never find one when you need it!

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    Robarts Library

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    If you're staying for a month or so & love to read, ROBARTS LIBRARY is one place you've to be a member of. The main library for U of T students it houses a huge collection of books, including those of East Asian Studies.

    Best Library in the world (it's my personal opinion, & you've to be a student to get in!). The 13 storeys & well ventilated library with many study desks & rooms provide ample space to read & sleep (when you're tired, of course!). Those were the days...Tip for those who still have access: The 8th floor East Asian Department has huge collection of Chinese novels!

    The University's library system includes over 50 separate libraries containing well over 4 milion volumes! Could be more now since it increases by about 200,000 works each year!

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    Memory?

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Hey Anna, remember what this building is called? Write me if you do! Thanks!

    Fancy meeting another alumna from U of T here on VT! Perhaps I should consult Evelyn instead, she's currently studying engineering at the downtown campus.

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    U of T - St. George Campus

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Chat with students at UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO (ST. GEORGE CAMPUS): Founded in 1827, U of T is the largest and one of the oldest universities in Canada. There are 52,000 full & part-time students and 6,000 faculty members at the university every year! Yeah, I graduated from this splendid university.

    Well known for its Engineering, Medical & Psychology Programs, the University is situated within walking distance from Eaton Centre & China Town, making it a very robust & exciting place to be. Convocation Hall (pictured) not only used for convocation ceremonies but also for lectures (1700 seats!) during the rest of the year.

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    King's College

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    KING'S COLLEGE: The University of Toronto was founded by King George IV in 1827 as King's College. King's began on Front Street, but soon moved to the site where Parliament Buildings now stand. When the land was required for parliament's east wing, King's was replaced by the new University College, the U's first & only building, which was constructed a little to the north & west. Its original name is perpetuated in King's College Circle, which runs in front of University College, & in King's Road leading to it.

    I spent many Wintery days here just in front of the Medical Building. Though freezing, recalling them seems to give a warmth aura to the past experience. It's really a paradox: reality & memory!

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    Hart House

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    HART HOUSE: The largest building on the main campus is HART HOUSE which contains numerous clubs, a theatre, an art gallery, the men's athletic wing & an imposing Great Hall. All students are members & enjoy it's facilities.

    The tower, whose carillon frequently rings across the city, is dedicated to the students & graduates of the University who died in both World Wars.

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    Faculties

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Over half of all students here are enrolled in the Faculty of Arts & Science, & must also be members of one of the Faculty 8 colleges. Other professional faculties are Dentistry, Library Science & Law.

    The 2 members of U of T's Faculty of Medicine who discovered insulin have had Institutes named for them: the Banting & the Best.

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    Soldiers' Tower

    by mikey_e Written Jun 7, 2007

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    Soldiers' Tower, University of Toronto

    Soldiers' Tower was built by the university of Toronto after the First World War in order to commemorate those students of the University who gave their lives during the Great War and WWII. The passageway underneath the Tower is engraved with the names of those remembered, as is a wall to the side of the tower. On special occasions (i.e. Rememberance Day, November 11) the bells in the Tower are rung. The tower was designed by Sproat and Rolph and erected between 1919 and 1924.

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    The Observatory

    by mikey_e Written Jun 7, 2007

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    The Observatory

    The University of Toronto is filled with weird buildings and rooms that have often strayed far from their original purpose. One such building is the Observatory, a 19th century building that was originally designed for students and faculty to watch the night sky and atmospheric conditions. Over the years, however, the Observatory was abandoned with bigger and better facilities, and the building is now home to the University of Toronto Students' Union (UTSU). The doors and dome are frequently painted weird and wonderful colours and the grounds are filled with protest placards, community gardens and the like.

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    University of Toronto

    by meteorologist1 Written Aug 27, 2008

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    The beautiful University of Toronto is located right in the heart of downtown Toronto. The large St. George campus is located within walking distance from many of the downtown attractions, including the Royal Ontario Museum and the Bloor-Yorkville area. The campus is definitely worth a visit, especially if you are a prospective student. This university is one of the top universities in Canada and a leading academic institution in the world, and definitely the largest in terms of the size of the student population.

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    University of Toronto

    by Poohgirl_007 Updated Sep 5, 2002

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    This is my school! U of T actually consists of 3 different campuses: Scarborough campus, Erindale campus in Mississauga, and the main campus, St. George, located downtown. I love the the downtown campus atmosphere and the buildings. The landscaping sucks here but the Victorian Gothic Revival style architecture totally makes up for it. The Bata Shoe Museum and the Royal Ontario Museum are right by the campus. Queen's Park separates the east and west campus (but it's kinda scary to walk through the park at night). It's walking distance to the Entertainment District, and you can see the CN Tower from here.

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