Living in Toronto

Toronto is a vibrant metropolis offering an abundant array of activities and access to opportunities to enhance your graduate experience. Diversity of race, religion and lifestyle help define and set Toronto apart from other world cities. Toronto is home to virtually all of the world's culture groups and is the city where more than 100 languages and dialects are spoken. The downtown core has been rated by Fortune magazine as the world’s best city in which to live and work. The streets teem with cafés, restaurants, bookstores, art galleries and museums. Toronto is a world centre for film and live theatre production, and home to four major sports teams, national ballet and opera companies, a renowned symphony orchestra, and hundreds of festivals—all easily accessible on foot or by our dependable public transportation system.

Toronto is now in the midst an architectural renaissance. The list of projects includes recent major expansions at important cultural institutions like the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Ontario College of Art and Design, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, the Royal Conservatory of Music and the National Ballet School of Canada. Toronto now proudly displays works by some of the world's leading architects: Frank Gehry (AGO), Daniel Libeskind (ROM) and Will Alsop (OCAD) among them.

Green spaces are abundant in Toronto. Dubbed 'a city within a park,' Toronto is filled with a vast urban forest and cut through with wild ravines that run for miles. There is an array of parks, gardens, and conservatories to enjoy, and walkers, joggers, cyclists, and hikers can follow over 90km of paved trails.

Toronto is within driving distance of a number of major North American centres, including New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago, Montreal, and Ottawa. With train and bus service links a short distance from our campus, you can make easy connections to other North American cities. With airline service through our large, modern international airport, you can commute efficiently to any world destination. The University of Toronto offers an excellent education in a world-class city. Come and see for yourself.

Toronto Facts

Ranked by the United Nations as the most ethnically diverse city in the entire world (and Canada is ranked by the UN as one of the most livable countries in the world)

Ranked as the safest large metropolitan area in North America by Places Rated Almanac

Over 100 languages and dialects are spoken, and over one-third of residents speak a language other than English at home

49% of the population was born outside Canada

Canada's largest city, with a population of 5.5 million in the metropolitan area

The fourth-largest city in North America, after Mexico City, New York,  and Los Angeles

More than 60% of the population of the USA is within a 90-minute flight

Operates North America’s second-largest public transportation system, after New York