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Next steps

Your official Offer of Admission letter is available through the Admissions Application. To confirm your acceptance, please sign and return the included Confirmation/Deposit form to

Your Offer
After you have accepted your offer in writing your next step is to submit your $1000 deposit to ACORN by May 1. Not sure if your deposit was received? Log in to ACORN to view your Financial Account. If your offer is conditional, please arrange to have all necessary documentation sent to us directly. 

Your Housing

If you require assistance with housing, the University of Toronto Housing Services provides helpful accommodation resources for you to explore. You can choose to live at home, in a University of Toronto residence, or take advantage of the many housing options near campus. Please look into housing options early as some options have deadlines by which you must apply.

If you have been offered a place in residence, make sure you accept your residence offer and pay your deposit by the stated deadline. The Faculty has a limited number of spaces at Grad House. If you are interested in being considered for one of these spaces, please contact us at These spaces are offered on a first come, first served basis.

Whether you live close to the University of Toronto’s St. George campus or commute from the surrounding area, some transit services offer discounts to university students. 

Your Finances 
No matter your finances, take the time to plan out all your expenses and set a budget to ensure you have adequate funding available for the upcoming year. 

If you are an Ontario resident looking for a government loan, start early and apply now for the Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP).

If you are from out-of-province, check with your local funding agency about relevant deadlines. 

Teaching assistantship positions are posted on our website. Eligibility depends on a combination of your experience and academic background. The deadline to apply is typically the beginning of June. We encourage all students to apply. Please continue to check back for updates. Work Study opportunities are available through the Career Centre. Applications for Fall/Winter positions are posted at the end of August.

Daniels offers graduate awards upon admission, while you are at Daniels, and upon graduation. Most of these awards do not require applications. If there are any awards that require applications, a call for applications will be sent via email.

Pre-paying your first year of tuition fees: international students from certain countries may consider pre-paying the first year of tuition fees to facilitate their study permit application. 

In mid-July, you will be able to view your student fees through ACORN. The first installment of your academic tuition fee is due August 28. Fee deferral requests must also be submitted through ACORN by the same deadline. To find out more about fee deferral eligibility, making tuition payments, and more, review Tuition & Fees for more information.

Prior to the Start of Classes
The Office of the Registrar and Student Services is your first stop for any inquiries. The office is made up of a team of individuals committed to facilitating your transition to the Daniels Faculty at the University of Toronto and is here throughout your degree to support your success. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Please review the graduate fees and payment information outlined on the SGS website. Tuition payments or fee deferrals should be completed by August 28 to meet registration deadlines. 

Arriving in Toronto
Classes begin on September 10 (with the exception of ARC1021HF: Visual Communications, ARC2042HF: Site Engineering and Ecology and LAN1041HF: Field Studies 1; see below) and the summer workshop, field course, and orientation activities begin as early as mid-August (details will be updated on our website). We recommend that students arrive in Toronto by mid August, at the latest, so that they have the opportunity to settle-in and attend Orientation activities before classes begin. If you are an international student, please look at the pre-arrival guide and next steps from the Centre for International Experience.

Student Card and Email
You can obtain your U of T student card (TCard) beginning May 1. Make a virtual appointment with TCard Services today! Once you receive your student card you can activate your UTORID and your U of T email account. Following registration, email correspondence will be sent exclusively to your UTmail account. Please be sure to update ACORN with your new email address as soon as you receive it in order to avoid missing important information. See here for a short video that explains the steps involved for newly admitted students to convert their JOINids to UTORids.

Summer Workshop
The Daniels Workshop for New Graduate Students introduces incoming students with limited background in the field of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Urban Design to some of the existing tools and methods of design including sketching, modeling, orthographic drawing, visualization, and Computer-Aided Design (CAD). The workshop will facilitate students’ development of proficiency in these conventions of representation. We strongly recommend that all first year students attend this one-week intensive workshop. The workshop will be held from August 4-17 and the deadline to register is July 23. Information on how to register will be posted here soon.

Your Courses
Classes start September 9 however, new students should be prepared to arrive earlier for relevant workshops, field courses, orientation, course balloting and administrative details that take place at the end of August/early September. 

In order to help you to understand the progression of your degree, you can find degree diagrams for each of our programs on our website. The SGS Calendar outlines not only your program, but also the many policies and procedures at the University of Toronto that you are expected to be aware of.

You will automatically be enrolled in all of your required courses with the exception of option studios and electives; it is your responsibility to ensure you are in the right courses each semester. Course descriptions for elective courses will be posted in August. 

Elective course selection is completed on ACORN. Further information will be sent over the next few months. Students who have previous academic courses completed and believe they may be eligible for a course exemption from a required course must apply for the relevant one(s) by July 24. Please review the information on our website for submission requirements.

Course Exemptions
With the approval of the graduate unit a student may be exempt from a specific course requirement permitting the substitution of another course to meet degree requirements. If granted, the overall course credit requirements for the degree are not reduced. Click here for more information.

MLA Field Course:
LAN1041HF “Field Studies 1” is a required course for all incoming professional Master of Landscape Architecture candidates (including Advanced Standing 2nd-year LAN students). The course investigates ecology and more specifically native plant communities in the Greater Toronto Area. This is a fast paced course and meets eight hours a day with evening and weekend work. This course will take place from August 30 to September 3. Further details will be made available throughout the summer. 

ARC Courses:
ARC1021HF: Visual Communications
This course explores different modes of visual communication used in illustrating and conveying design ideas. It will introduce students to a range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional CAD techniques used by architects not only to generate drawings but also to design and compose presentations. Emphasis will be placed on understanding drawing conventions, learning 2D and 3D software, and using a range of representation techniques to achieve specific purposes. This course will take place Monday to Friday for two weeks from August 18 to September 3. Further details will be made available throughout the summer. 

ARC2042HF: Site Engineering and Ecology
This course offers an introduction to grading concepts and techniques, with an emphasis on the interrelationship between technical and design issues. Short exercises and project assignments will introduce site engineering principles in grading and storm water system design. Site design requires the comprehension of multiple processes, existing and proposed. All landscape and architectural design relates to a site in some way. This course will take place Monday to Friday for two weeks from August 18 to September 3. Further details will be made available throughout the summer. 

ALA4010H: Field Course
The Field Course is delivered in a pro-seminar format, with close readings and discussions as its primary engagement. This year, because we are learning remotely, it will host a series of guests for presentations and discussions on forms of design-research. These discussions are intended to help each student clarify the area of interest for their design-research, as well as the role that methodology plays in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. August 23 to September 3. 

ALA4020H: Thesis Preparation
TThesis Preparation is delivered in a pro-seminar format, with student presentations and discussions as its primary engagement. This year, because we are learning remotely, students will present online as a cohort. These assignments, presentations, and discussions are intended to support each student in clarifying the foundations and methodology of their research. The course and assignments are structured to foster the development of individual research. August 23 to September 3. 

All other classes begin on September 9.