Students – Welcome!

Here at the University of Toronto we believe that your family care responsibilities should never take away from your university experience.

Across its three campuses the University is dedicated to supporting students with family commitments, aiding them in successfully completing their studies while caring for family members and themselves. The Family Care Office understands the uniqueness of every family situation, and so offers a peer mentorship program as well as a variety of workshops to assist you in all of your transitions while at UofT. Caring for a newborn, kids, a partner, siblings, and/or the elderly? We’re here to help.

Meet with a Family Care Advisor

Are you a student with family obligations? Schedule a one-on-one meeting with Helen Reddy Katz, Family Care Advisor

Are you a student with family commitments and wonder how the university can help you? Questions could be on diverse topics such as balancing your studies and family obligations, childcare, schools and other family issues. Book your appointment to speak with a Family Care Advisor .

Navi: Your U of T Resource Finder

Navi, short for navigator, is a chat-based virtual assistant for students wanting to learn more about the mental health supports available to them at the University of Toronto. Navi also provides information on where to find general U of T information including Admissions, Housing, Financial Aid, Careers, Getting Involved and more.

Learn more about Navi

Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities

At the beginning of each academic year, the FCO hosts an Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities.  The date of the upcoming Orientation will be announced over the summer of 2024.  Both a recording of the September 2023 Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities and a transcription of September’s orientation recording are available for access online.

New Student Parents

Our Becoming a Parent link, also found on the left, provides you with information you need as a new student parent at the university. UndergraduateGraduateLearn about leave-taking from: work, school, and/or research grants, as well as about employment insurance benefits you may be able to receive.

Strategies for Success at School

Check out Strategies for Success to gain insight as to how to find or BE a peer mentor, suggestions for academic planning, and for video tips about students just like you! Don’t forget, we’re always here to help. Contact us via FacebookTwitteremail, or in person.

International Student Families

International student families have so many things to think of as they enter into UofT campus life. Not only are you entering a new city, but a new country as well. Our International Student Families section provides information regarding pregnancy support in Ontario, childcare possibilities, public school enrolment for kids, University health coverage, and both on and off campus housing.

Each of our three campuses have great centres dedicated to international students that offer help with things like family visas, settling in, and immigration advising. Students at the St. George campus should check out the Centre for International Experience, while those who’ll be joining the University of Toronto Mississauga can stop by UTM’s International Education Centre. Soon to be a part of UofT’s Scarborough campus? Don’t pass up their International Student Centre.