The U of T Engineering experience is much more than lectures and labs. As a first-year student, you will have 25 to 30 hours of class per week, which will leave you with enough time to study, stay healthy and get involved in co-curricular or extracurricular activities. Long before you graduate, you’ll enrich your experience through the relationships you form and the activities you pursue.
Your new community is overflowing with diverse and bright minds that share a passion for engineering innovation. This is evident through the hundreds of clubs, teams and events that engineering students lead each year. Here are just a few ways you can get involved:
The Engineering Society (also known as EngSoc or SkuleTM) is the student government for undergraduate engineering students at U of T. Founded in 1885, EngSoc engages in academic advocacy, allocates funding to groups and initiatives in the community, and provides a wide variety of services and events to students. EngSoc publishes the F!rosh Handbook and an online events calendar. They also run F!rosh Week.
Design is at the heart of what engineers do. That passion trickles into many activities outside the classroom, resulting in canoes built from concrete and race cars powered by the sun. Many of our design teams — such as the Blue Sky Solar Racing Team pictured here — participate in competitions worldwide.
Arts & Music
Engineers often combine their technical abilities with creativity and artistic vision. If you are an aspiring musician, artist, photographer, actor, dancer or writer, you’re in good company! You’ll find bands, orchestras, dance troupes, arts festivals, a sketch comedy group and even a juggling club. Did you know the Myhal Centre has a multimedia music room?
One of the best ways to get to know engineering students in your program is through discipline-specific clubs. Every program’s club provides services to their members, such as social events, academic advocacy and mentorship opportunities. Every program also has a common room, giving you a relaxing place to unwind between classes.
Whether you aspire to compete nationally as a Varsity Blues athlete or try a new sport for the first time, our community is filled with fun ways to lead a balanced lifestyle. From the Iron Dragons dragonboat team to the Skule Badminton Club, staying active has never been easier. Remember: you’ll have access to outstanding athletic facilities across all three U of T campuses.
Cultural & Faith-based Groups
It’s no surprise that our vibrant community, located in one of the most diverse cities in the world, has a wide range of cultural and faith-based groups open to all engineering students — from the Bangladeshi Students’ Association and Chinese Engineering Students’ Association to the Engineering French Conversation Club and the Indian Students’ Society. Each hosts a range of social events and serves as a wonderful way to meet new friends.
Social Service & Community
From Engineers Without Borders and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) to Women in Science and Engineering and Queer Sphere, community and service-based groups strive to create a welcoming environment both on campus and beyond. Students in these clubs often serve as national or global ambassadors, helping to raise awareness of critical issues that impact the engineering profession and the general public.
Entrepreneurship & Leadership
Transform your passions into life-changing innovation through two unique hubs located in the Myhal Centre. The Entrepreneurship Hatchery is a hothouse for budding entrepreneurs, providing services to get new business ideas off the ground. The Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering offers programming and events to help you excel in your studies and well beyond.
Additional Community Resources
U of T Engineering CONNECT
Your community extends beyond peers and professors. When you begin your studies in the Fall, you’ll receive an invitation to join U of T Engineering CONNECT, a rich online social network of alumni from all over the world. They can offer you mentorship, industry-specific career advice, work opportunities and more. You can also connect with other U of T Engineering students, staff and faculty through this platform.