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“Huge University with a Variety of Architectural Styles” 4 of 5 stars
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University of Toronto
27 King's College Circle, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
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“Huge University with a Variety of Architectural Styles”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

Without any guidance we simply wandered through the University of Toronto on our own two times. We were on Bloor and walked south along two different streets and just wandered around enjoying the architecture. The campus covers many city blocks which shows the immense size of the school and the student population. I suppose we should have done something a bit more organized but we still enjoyed our look at the school. It was impressive. While walking around we stumbled on a film being made.

Visited August 2011
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“Convocation Hall & U of T, Mississauga Campus are Unique”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

Every time I drive past these two places, I think of the different times I visited Convocation Hall & the Mississauga Campus of the U of T. I visited the Convocation Hall for the recording of a program for CBC Radio's, "The Vinyl Cafe". This popular program can be heard each Sunday at none with Stewart McClean. The first show was cancelled because of snow but I managed to attended the second sold out show. I sat in the top row of seats but despite my seat being very uncomfortable, the sight lines plus sound carried from the stage was acceptable from a listening perspective. The story lines of this variety and humour type show don't change over the years but the Toronto Star's Entertainment Section always promotion when this show is visiting different part of the province of Ontario.

In visiting the Mississauga Campus of the U of T, I have been here three times for different activities. (1) The first time was with a group of young people involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award on an Exchange Trip from England in 1983. The group was given a complete tour of the campus plus shown what a type residence for students looked like. (2) The second time was a roundtable discuss relating with the Couchiching Institute of Public Affairs. It was on a timely topic lead by a professor from this university with members like myself of this non-profit organization along with some university students. It was a rather enlighting and informative discussion plus question & answer session. (3) Attended an art exhibit in one of the buildings which had been promoted by the Toronto Star. I managed to finf it after navigating numerous building and hallways. From what I can remember, this art exhibiot lived up to its billing from the written newspaper article.

Based on my own experience with the U of T is one doesn't have to be a student of this institute of higher learning to enjoy what it has to offer. whether you are at the downtown campus and/or one of the suburban campus's, you will find it a positive experience that will be remembered for a long period of time. Recommend touring this place!

Visited March 2011
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“Worth the Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2009

If you log onto frommers.com, there is a self-guided walking tour of UT. I think it's worth the two to four hours to appreciate the magnificent architectures of this behemoth university. Marvel at Convocation Hall, feel inspired inside Knox College (this is where Gus Van Sant directed parts of Good Will Hunting or have a picnic in Queens Park.

The tour ends at the Hyatt Hotel Roof Bar which offers a stunning view of UT and Toronto's skyline...cheers to that.

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“Its an okay thing to do”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2008

In 2007 i came down to visit the university, my brother was looking into different choices on where he would like to spend his years in becoming a doctor. The building is huge, and beautiful. They hosted part of a harry potter movies inside, if i remember correctly. Okay so we booked a tour to see it ! From what we can see it was nice but we only saw very little as the tour guide kept telling us we couldn't look inside most parts - as it was closed. Or any excuse he could think of. It was very hot outside also so it would of been great to be inside to cool off. We went in August. If you plan to visit i recomend doing a self-guided tour.

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“An Architectural Amble”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2008

U of T as it is commonly known is a massive urban campus covering multiple city blocks, with 45,000 students to support this stunning sprawl. However don’t go hungry, the campus is notorious for its terrible food and only a few lone operators survive the on-campus regulations.

Highlights include some of the most diverse architecture in Toronto. A few minuets stroll will take you from the ponsie glory of Trinity collage, a mid to late 19th century collage to the monolithic cement turkey/phoenix that is Robarts library, or see the grimy and overused brick tub of convocation hall and the sickly 1970’s med buildings present a striking contrast to the glorious glass and steel of the Rotman school of business or the pharmacy building with it’s own indoor forest. Or check out the old houses preserved as the façades to new gargantuan engineering marvels along St. George St.

Hart House is the one exception to the UT food rule, in it’s basement Sammy’s serves good, inexpensive food on it’s own ceramics and flatware! Defiantly worth an amble, this historic building has been the university’s student epicentre for almost 100 years. Deceptively sized, it houses a pool, archery range, theatre, and two gyms and is a hive of student activity. This is the old boys club of the uni and only admitted females fully in 1972. Get up close and personal with the drafty windows or check out the more sombre Soldier’s Tower, the student built monument to veterans of the first world war.

With something always happening, U of T is a brief, shining and grotty look into mass tertiary education. Buildings showcase the love, wear and care of generations of aspiring academics. Defiantly recommended for the architecturally inclined, meander though and end with rest in one of the cafes or restaurants that clamour at the edges of campus in Yorkville, Chinatown or Queen’s Park Circle.

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