Where is York? | Ultimate University Guide

Written by Fernanda Munoz and Arry Pandher

After thinking so much about your admission process, essays, and applications, it is also important to consider what is so appealing about York University, its community and its campus. Where is York? Can you picture yourself attending York? What type of student would you be? Which places would you visit? How would you move around?

Let us give you the information you need to picture student life in York!

Brief History

The late 1950s was an exciting time for Ontario universities: more students than ever were enrolled across Canada, and numbers were expected to double by the 1960s. This was unprecedented for higher education.

Students could see that a university degree led to career advancement. York was born in this moment of tremendous change, a university in Toronto filled with purpose, offering unique programming and a diverse community ready to tackle issues facing the world such as women’s studies, the environment and global health. York’s sticking buildings full of history creates a beautiful contrast with its modern labs and its forward-looking programs.

York University is a network of campuses offering a range of opportunities to immerse yourself in the diverse experiences and perspectives that are shaping our world. Extensive collaboration and mobility between the campuses create an integrated, dynamic York community.

With three core campuses and a series of satellite locations both within Ontario and abroad, York University is facilitating and creating positive change on a large scale.

Glendon Campus

Where is York? Well, let’s look at the campus! Located in the dynamic, urban landscape of midtown Toronto, Glendon offers an intimate and welcoming environment on its picturesque, ivy-lined campus. With a focus on bilingual and trilingual programming, Glendon reflects Canada’s cultural diversity while offering a window into the rest of the world. Small classes combined with flexible learning paths provide a uniquely community-driven university experience. Being part of a thriving international network makes Glendon a rewarding experience for those looking for a warm campus environment with a large-scale impact.

Keele Campus

Keele Campus offers a vibrant and welcoming, large-scale campus experience for over 52,000 students, as well as faculty, staff, partners and the surrounding community. United by a shared ambition to promote and work towards positive change, our campus provides a unique opportunity to engage with diverse cultures and perspectives. As a thriving community hub, the Keele Campus experience is enhanced by its proximity and access to economic and cultural centres throughout the GTA and surrounding communities.

With ten unique Faculties, a range of purposeful cutting-edge research and innovation opportunities and state-of-the-art academic, arts, technology, and athletic facilities, Keele Campus is a meeting place for a network of micro-communities. This campus offers unparalleled opportunities and experiences to curate your own education, scholarship, personal growth and contribution to positive action.

Markham Campus

Markham Campus will embed York University in the heart of one of the most diverse and dynamic urban communities in the province and country. Reflecting the local economy, academic programs and research will revolve around the core themes of technology and entrepreneurship and how they are driving innovation across all areas of knowledge and society.

This campus is under construction and will open in Fall 2023.

How to get there?

York University’s campuses are easy to get to and have everything you need close by. You will find grocery stores, coffee shops, libraries, bookstores, and athletic facilities minutes from your residence. This page will help you plan your route to get to the campus you prefer.

Student Engagement

The full university experience is not complete without a healthy balance of engagement in activities outside the classroom. The Student Engagement Team facilitates the introduction to a wide array of student-run clubs and organizations. Their service online kiosk is open Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm. And you can access it here.

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