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August 18, 2022 | News

Chestnut Orientation 2022

We look forward to welcoming you to Chestnut Residence and the University of Toronto!

PLEASE NOTE: ALL events are OPTIONAL and do not require pre-registration. Events are subject to change (although unlikely).


International Student Welcome Breakfast

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM – Chestnut Dining Hall

Are you an international student interested in connecting with other international students living at Chestnut? Do you want the chance to meet someone from the Centre for International Experience to ask questions and learn from? Join us in the Chestnut Dining Hall for breakfast! This will be a great opportunity to connect with peers, learn about some of the resources available to you as an international student, and meet a couple of staff members from the Residence Life Office. Simply show up and look for the tables with the bright green tablecloths! We look forward to meeting you!

Campus Walking Tour

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM – Beginning in the Chestnut Residence Lobby

Join us for a guided walking tour to, from, and around campus! This is a great opportunity to learn the best route to main campus from Chestnut, meet fellow new students, and get a sense of where your classes will be! Meet in the Chestnut lobby and look for staff with signs!

New Students Mix & Mingle

8:00 PM to 10:00 PM – Chestnut Residence Urban Lounge

We look forward to welcoming you to Chestnut at the new student mix & mingle! This will be a great opportunity to break the ice and meet new people. Yes, it might be a little awkward at first, but you’re sure to meet a new friend by the end! Meet in Urban Lounge (right by the Security Desk and elevators off the lobby).


Campus Partner Pop-ups: University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) and Discovery Pharmacy

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM – Chestnut Residence Lobby

Do you have questions about UHIP? Where to get prescriptions filled on campus? Drop by to meet folks from UHIP and Discovery Pharmacy that can help answer these questions and more!

Food Services Drop-In Q&A

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Chestnut Residence Lobby

Have questions about your meal plan? What type of food to expect? Or food allergen concerns? Drop by to meet the Dining Hall Manager and have your questions answered directly.

Campus Partner Pop-ups: Hart House and Bikechain

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM – Chestnut Residence Lobby

Wondering where to get your bike repaired? Or where you can work out between classes? Drop by to meet folks from Bikechain and Hart House that can help answer these questions and more!


Neighbourhood Walking Tour

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Beginning in the Chestnut Residence Lobby

Chestnut is located in one of the most exciting parts of Toronto! Join some upper year students for a 1hr walking tour of our neighbourhood and learn about all the best spots to hang out, shop, eat, and enjoy a nice coffee! Meet in the Chestnut lobby at 9:00 AM and look for staff with signs!

Residence Life Office Pop-up + FREE treats + Chestnut Postcards

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Chestnut Residence Lobby

Come meet the staff members of the Residence Life Office, the folks who are there to support your experience in residence and help make it as positive and fun as possible! Say hello and pick up a treat in the Chestnut lobby anytime between 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. We’ll also be distributing custom Chestnut postcards for you to write letters home to friends/family.

Dinner With Your Prof

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Chestnut Dining Hall

Calling all Engineering students! Would you like to meet one of your professors, Dr. Chirag Variawa? Professor Variawa is the Director of the First Year Curriculum and teaches APS100 and 111…and he happens to live at Chestnut as the Faculty in Residence! Come down to the Chestnut Dining Hall on the eve before the start of class (September 7th ) to meet Professor Variawa and share a casual meal together…just look for the table with the bright green tablecloth! Psst…there will be more Dinner With Your Prof events throughout the year with different professors and industry partners, stay tuned! 


Yoga – cancelled!

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Chestnut Residence Fitness Studio

Relax after your first day of class with a 1hr yoga class right here at Chestnut! Bring Your Own mat (and maybe a new friend you’ve made in the building so far!) and meet in the Fitness Studio on the Concourse Level.