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Ryerson University

General Information

Ryerson University is located in Toronto, Ontario and serves almost 45,000 students.  Ryerson University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Faculty of Community Services
  • Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Faculty of Science
  • Ted Rogers School of Management

Students can learn more about campus by visiting the virtual tour online

The main address of Ryerson University is:

Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario  M5B 2K3
(416) 979-5000

www.ryerson.ca

 

Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services

At Ryerson University, students with disabilities receive accessibility services through Academic Accommodation Support, who work as part of the Student Learning Support team. This centre is the primary place to find out about all of your disability-related needs.

Transition Programs

Ryerson University offers a transition program for students with disabilities heading into their first year at any post-secondary institution in Ontario. SHIFT (Student Heading into Full Time) is Ryerson University's free transition program that allows students to learn about the accommodation process at Ryerson, take the first steps toward getting registered with Academic Accommodation Support (AAS), and plan for a strong transition to university.

SHIFT is offered as one-day sessions throughout the summer before the upcoming school year. Participants meet other first year students, and take part in workshops and experiential sessions that include:

  • Tips on navigating their academic accommodation plan
  • Access to the latest in assistive technology
  • Key resources and campus supports
  • Opportunities to hear from upper year students
  • A mock lecture experience
  • Academic study strategies
  • Preparation for success at university

Documentation Required

In order to access accommodations at Ryerson University, the following documentation is required to show proof of a disability:

Students living with a Learning Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or who are on the Autism Spectrum

Academic Accommodation Support requires a copy of a student’s most current psycho-educational assessment for learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or a neuropsychological assessment for students with diagnoses on the Autism Spectrum, conducted by a registered psychologist trained to test for and diagnose the condition.

  • The assessment must contain information on the tests administered as well as the scores obtained.
  • The assessment must be completed at an adult age (>18), or within the last three years.
  • If the student has an older assessment or Individual Education Plan (IEP), Academic Accommodation Support will discuss options at the student’s intake appointment for getting an updated assessment, including possible funding options, and explore the possibility of interim accommodations.

 

Students living with a mental health, medical or sensory disability

Students are required to have the appropriate, registered health care professional (who is qualified to diagnose the disability and can thoroughly assess its impact on the student’s academics) complete the Disability Documentation Form.

 

To learn about the specific documentation requirements for Ryerson University, please contact the Academic Accommodation Support directly.

Support Services Available

Health Services

The Medical Centre at Ryerson University offers a range of services from their team of health care practitioners, including appointments with a family physician.

Counselling Services

The Centre for Student Development and Counselling offers confidential counselling services in a professional and friendly environment for any student.

Academic Support

Student Learning Support at Ryerson University offers several resources for students, including math, writing and study skills support. The Math Centre supports Ryerson students in all programs with their math skills and math-related courses. The Writing Support at Ryerson University helps students to become better writers by engaging them in meaningful conversations about their writing. Study Skills and Transition Support offers workshops, individual and group help, and peer tutoring to students to help them be successful. Other support areas include English Language Support, Graduate Student Support, and the Test Centre. 

Academic Advising

Ryerson University has program advisors in each faculty and school to assist students with any questions or concerns related to their academic program of study.

Library Services

The Ryerson University Library & Archives offers various resources for students such as databases, journals, e-books, and e-videos. The library also provides audio-visual services, borrowing services, borrowing from another library, instructional services, and research help. The Ronald D. Besse Information & Learning Commons, located in the library provides access to a wide variety of resources with advanced technology and provides assistance to students to help them integrate technology into their academic pursuit. 

Other Support Services

Financial Aid

Admission Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards

Ryerson University’s Scholarships and Awards office offers a range of financial assistance which consists of merit-based scholarships, need-based bursaries, and awards based on academic achievement. Information regarding Ryerson University's financial aid is available on their website.

Residence and Housing

On-Campus Housing

Ryerson University’s Housing and Residence Life Office accommodates 850 students in three residence buildings in traditional and apartment style rooms. Residence is not guaranteed for first-year students, and preference is given to students transitioning directly from high school and those who live farthest away from the university. All residence buildings at Ryerson University are co-ed and feature the following amenities:

  • Common lounges
  • Common study rooms
  • Access to a front desk
  • Maintenance
  • Laundry facilities

All rooms come furnished and include Internet access, local phone service, and cable television. Residence costs vary according to building and room selection. Mandatory meal plans are required and operate on a declining balance system.

Two of the residence buildings at Ryerson University are accessible to students with differing abilities, and have barrier-free design features. Students who require special accommodations in residence will need to complete the Residence Accessibility Accommodation Request form (which must be signed by one’s health care provider).

Off-Campus Housing

Ryerson University offers Places4Students which is an accommodation listing service where landlords can advertise rental properties available.

Getting Around

Campus Accessibility

Ryerson offers a Campus Map. Click on a building name or location to view a description, the accessibility of the location and driving instructions.

Toronto Transit

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is comprised of subways, buses, and streetcars. A discounted Post-Secondary Student Monthly Metro Pass is available for purchase for full-time students at Ryerson University. Schedules and maps are provided for each of the TTC transit options.

Accessibility
The TTC offers accessible services on both their buses and subways. Accessible services on buses include kneeling features, ramps, lifts, automated next stop announcements, wheel chair and scooter positions, and priority seating. The subways provide accessible services such as wheel chair positions and priority seating. There are elevators at half of the subway stations, with the goal of the remaining stations to be accessible by 2025.

The TTC offers the Support Person Assistance Card which allows users of the transit system who require a support person to have this person travel with them at no additional cost. Persons interested in the support program must fill out the application form.

Wheel-Trans is a service that provides door-to-door accessible transit service for persons with physical disabilities. The TTC has established eligibility guidelines for the use of Wheel-Trans. Persons seeking to use Wheel-Trans must participate in an in-person interview. 

Academic Programs

Ryerson University offers a wide range of programs in their six faculties and schools.  These include the:

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Faculty of Community Services
  • Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Faculty of Science
  • Ted Roger School of Management

Contact Information

Academic Accommodation Support
(416) 979-5290
aasadmin@ryerson.ca

The Medical Centre
(416) 979-5070
medicalct@ryerson.ca
Located in Room W181 Kerr Hall West

Centre for Student Development Counselling
(416) 979-5195
csdc@ryerson.ca 
Located in JOR-07C, Lower Ground Floor, Jorgenson Hall

Student Learning Support 
(416) 598-5978
sls@ryerson.ca
Located on the 4th floor, Student Learning Centre

Library & Archive
(416) 979-5055
refdesk@ryerson.ca

Scholarships and Awards
(416) 979-5036
finaid@ryerson.ca

Residence Life Office
(416) 979-5284
housing@ryerson.ca

Checklist

Use this checklist to create an overview of the services available at Ryerson University, and to determine if the services meet your needs.