The Student Commons
It’s been an ambition since the 1960’s and now, a new Student Commons is a tangible step closer to opening its doors on the university’s St. George campus offering a student centralized space.
Students have been calling for a student centre on the St. George campus for decades. In 1960, the U of T Student Administrative Council announced plans to build a $4 million student centre but that project was never made a reality.
The renewed momentum toward a Student Common began in 2007, when members of UTSU voted in favour of a student levy to support the project. In 2008, the university began collecting the levy. An operating agreement for the student commons was approved by the university’s Governing Council in 2015.
The Student Commons will fill that need in a number of ways. It will operate throughout the week, 24 hours a day. The fully accessible main entrance will be located on Huron St.
Inside, students will find:
- Study and lounge space whenever they need it;
- Expanded UTSU services for students;
- Free bookable meeting and event space for student clubs;
- A permanent home for the campus food and clothing bank; and,
- Rehearsal spaces for performing arts groups.
The Student Commons will also become home to many of the service groups funded by and for students.