Learn about services for students at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), including their accessibility services, peer and academic support programs, financial aid, campus accessibility, and more.
The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD University) is located in Toronto, Ontario, and provides educational opportunities to 1,000 part-time, and 3,300 full-time students. OCAD University has three faculties, each with their own academic programs and departments:
- Faculty of Art
- Faculty of Design
- Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies
The address for OCAD University is:
100 McCaul Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1
At OCAD University, the centre providing accessibility services to students is called Student Accessbility Services. Student Accessibility Services is the primary place to find out about all of your disability related needs.
For more information about accessibility at OCAD University, and their current initiatives to address issues of accessibility, please see OCAD University’s Accessibility Plan.
In order to access accommodations at OCAD University, please visit the linked webpage to learn what documentation is required to show proof of a disability.
At OCAD University, the Student Wellness Centre offers a team of health care professionals who provide medical services to students.
OCAD University offers Counselling Services for any student who may be experiencing stressful events in their life.
The Peer Mentors at OCAD University is designed for first year students who would like to receive mentorship from upper year students.
The Writing & Learning Centre at OCAD University offers a variety of programs to help students with their academic writing. They also offer one-on-one Tutoring that is tailored specifically to students’ needs.
The Dorothy H. Hoover Library at OCAD University offers various resources for students including databases, journals, e-books, and e-videos. The library also provides services for students such as the Learning Zone, an alternative work area where students can collaborate with other students and faculty, and Visual Resources, where students can access a wide variety of digital, video, and audio materials. The Dorothy H. Hoover Library also provides accessible materials, resources, and facilities to students with disabilities.
The Student Advising Centre at OCAD University provides support and advice for students related to their personal and academic success on matters such as: course selection and program planning, making up failed courses, and changing programs or majors.
Other Support Services
Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards
OCAD University’s Financial Matters office offers a range of financial assistance which consists of merit-based scholarships, need-based bursaries, and awards based on academic achievement. Information regarding OCAD University's financial aid is available on their website, as well as complete lists of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and contact information.
OCAD University does not offer any on-campus residence services.
OCAD’s Housing Office offers services to assist students in finding housing options. A housing fair is held annually to help inform students about off-campus housing, and students are also given the option of accessing listings from the University of Toronto Housing Service for a small fee. More information can be found at: Places4Students or through the University of Toronto Student Housing Service.
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 OCAD University. Schedules and maps are provided for each of the TTC transit options.
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.
OCAD University offers a wide range of academic programs in their faculties. Information about the academic programs and educational opportunities at OCAD University is available on their website.