Accessing Health and Wellness Services on Campus
By: Abigail Ryding
With a university as big as ours, it can be difficult navigating through the variety of
services provided. One of the most important services we offer is the Health & Wellness Centre.
Health & Wellness provides similar services given from a family doctor and more, including:
mental health services, sexual and reproductive health services, and tobacco cessation
programs. All of these services can be accessed by students and are paid through student fees,
however they may not be widely known nor understood by incoming students.
Health and Wellness Services is conveniently located at the Koffler Student Services
Centre on the corner of College Street and St. George Street (if you know where the UofT
Bookstore is, it’s in the same building!). The Health and Wellness Centre itself is located on the
second floor of the building, along with an area for counselling on the first floor. General
appointments for Health and Wellness can be made by phone or in person. They also offer walk
ins throughout the day, though it is best to go early in the morning if you don’t have an
appointment. The centre is generally open Monday-Friday from 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with
extended hours until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for appointments.
Their phone line is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. during the school year.
While wait times to get an appointment with Health and Wellness may be lengthy at
certain points of the year, there are plenty of other wellness programs on campus available in
the meantime! Health and Wellness provides weekday mindful yoga and meditation sessions ,
along with a variety of coping skills workshops throughout the year. Hart House offers a Weekly
Wellness initiative which offers programs such as mindfulness meditation sessions, board
games, and craft sessions. Other sexual health services can also be found on campus, such as
the Sexual Education Centre (SEC) at the 21 Sussex Clubhouse. There are also a variety of
clubs on campus that pertain to health and wellness – feel free to stop by the Ulife Service
Centre at the 21 Sussex Clubhouse for more information!
Balancing your health with your school work can be challenging – luckily, there are many
services available on campus that can help us with this!