Student Guide to Toronto

Our top picks for Toronto students: from navigating the subway to finding reasonably-priced, great meals!


Looking for a good time but conscious of your budget (i.e. broke)? OSAP, schmosap; we’ve got you covered with these ideas for fun stuff off campus that’s free or close to it.  And at these prices, you can even treat your friends!

AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario)

FREE admission on Wednesdays starting at 6:00 pm
317 Dundas St. W. (On the SW corner of Dundas & McCaul St.)

Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall)
Home to events like summer concerts, street vendors, and ice-skating in the winter.
100 Queen Street West (On the NW corner of Queen & Bay St.)

Rainbow Cinemas & AMC Entertainment
For cheap movie tickets you can’t beat Rainbow!
20 Carlton Street or 80 Front Street East

10 Dundas Street East (NE corner of Yonge St. & Dundas St., top level)

ROM (Royal Ontario Museum)

General museum admission is half price for everyone on Fridays after 4:30 pm.
100 Queen’s Park (On the SW corner of Queen’s Park & Bloor St. W.)




Many people consider the best food to taste great, not cost much, come with minimal to no prep time, and include at least some nutritional content, even if that only covers the most important of all the food groups (chocolate). Behold our fabulous food list – all the good eats a student could want. And best of all? Check out those prices...



Asian Legend (Chinese)

418 Dundas St. W. (On Dundas St. W. west of Beverly St.)


The New Hong Fatt BBQ (Chinese)

443 Dundas St. W. (On the SE corner of Dundas & Huron St.)


HoSu Bistro (Japanese/Korean)

254 Queen St. W. (On the NW corner of Queen & John St.)


House of Gourmet (Chinese)

484 Dundas St. W. (On Dundas east of Spadina Ave.)


Ka Chi (Korean) 

8 Andrews St. (One block north of Spadina Ave. & Dundas St. W.)


Korean Grill House All-you-can-eat lunch buffet

Check for locations


Xe Lua Vietnamese Cuisine 

254 Spadina Ave. (Two blocks south of Spadina & Dundas St. W.)


Koreatown is full of wonderful, yet inexpensive, restaurants. Check out Umjik and Seoul Restaurant, both a few blocks west from Bloor St. W. & Bathurst St.


Coconut Grove
183 Dundas St. W. (One block east of University Ave.)



Mt. Everest All-you-can-eat lunch
469 Bloor St. W. (Three blocks west of Spadina Ave.)



Amato Pizza

429 Yonge St. & 380 College St.


Daddyo's Pasta & Salads

673 Spadina Ave. (Two blocks north of Spadina & Harbord St.)


PaPa Ceo / Cora Pizza

On the NW corner of Spadina Ave. & Harbord St.


Pasta Perfection

462 Yonge St. (On the NW corner of Yonge & College St.)


The Big Slice

385 Yonge St. (On the SE corner of Yonge & Gerrard St. E.)



Bar Burrito

544 Yonge St. (On Yonge St., half a block south of Wellesley St.)

Burrito Boyz

218 Adelaide St. W. (On Adelaide west of University Ave.)


Chipotle Mexican Grill

323 Yonge St. (On the NE corner of Yonge & Dundas St.)


Pita Pure House

717 Bay St. (On the NE corner of Bay & Gerrard St. W.)


7 West Café (Open 24 hours)

7 Charles St. W. (On the SW corner of Charles & Yonge St.)



650 Spadina Ave. (On the NW corner of Spadina & Harbord St.)


Frans Restaurant (Open 24 hours) 

20 College St. & 200 Victoria St




362 Bloor St. W.


Greg’s Ice Cream  

750 Spadina Ave. (On the SW corner of Spadina & Bloor St. W. Around the corner on Bloor St. W.)


Tea Shop 168  

Food is available at some locations.

Many locations around the city (ex. 768 Yonge Street).

The food courts in the Eaton Centre, Atrium on Bay, and Toronto Life Square (All on Yonge St. & Dundas St. or Yonge St. & Queen St.) offer a variety of choices that will suit almost every taste and budget.

Tired of pizza but looking for a late night snack? A number of restaurants in Chinatown are open past midnight.
(Main intersection: Dundas & Spadina)



The key for minimizing your Toronto transportation costs can be summed up in two words: PLAN AHEAD.  If you can anticipate all the trips you need to make in a day / week / month, you can better decide which fare option is right for you.

TTC Fare/Metropass Information

TTC Route Maps

TTC Bus Schedules 




Ah, studying. So much to do, so little time. To lighten your load, we suggest you take it one step at a time, and try following these tips to make your year a little less stressful and a lot more sensational.



  1. Consider the rhythm of your body: if you’re a night owl, try to avoid those killer 8 am classes. We all know you’re going to sleep through them anyway. As much as possible choose courses that are held at a time when you’ll be most alert and focussed.
  2. Wondering if you’re signing up for a course offered by The Most Demanding Professor of All Time? Check out www.ratemyprofessors.comto see what others have said. Then when you end up with a great prof you can return the favour by writing your own reviews. 
  3. Get lots of opinions! Talk to your friends, upper year students, and others to get course recommendations and suggestions on what to expect from different courses. Ask your student union if there’s a student-rated list of courses for more ideas.
  4. Be realistic about your course load. Consider taking a course in the summer to offset your heavier fall/winter workload or to leave you time for a part-time job AND some sleep.



  1. Work it out – most colleges and universities offer a free or discounted student gym membership which often includes classes like aerobics or Pilates. Check with your student union to see what facilities are available to you and take advantage of them now, since those membership fees will soar after you graduate. Not to mention that whole stress-relieving factor.
  2. Sleep. It can seem like a four-letter word when you haven’t had any for 30+ hours, but establishing and sticking with a regular sleeping pattern will do wonders for both your physical and mental health. Avoid all-nighters if at all possible – even a few hours of sleep will help you be more effective at remembering information.
  3. Keep things in perspective. Studies show that meditative practices (like prayer or reading the Bible) can have benefits for all areas of health. Ultimately, your life has meaning and purpose that is far bigger than what marks you get in school. Faith can help you see the bigger picture, even at exam time. If you would like more information about finding purpose in your life or how the Bible can help you, email and we would be happy to talk with you or recommend helpful resources.



It’s a well-known fact that students are rarely rolling in money. Taken from our collective experience, we’ve compiled a list of suggestions to stretch your dollar as far as it will go, and then some. Happy bargain-hunting!



  • PLAN PLAN PLAN! Just like transportation, the more you can anticipate your expenses the easier it will be to find a good deal and spend as little as possible.
  • Start good habits early: make a budget that includes fixed costs (like tuition, residence/rent) and variable costs (expenses that can change, like transportation & food). Try to stick to your budget and track your spending (at least for a month). This will give you a realistic picture of where your money is going and can help you find places to save more money.
  • Never cut entertainment out of your budget! Everyone needs a break, and if you plan your “fun money” you are likely to spend less.
  • Find the discount book stores around your university/college or check online bookstores for better deals. (E.g. BMV bookstores, or U of T offers the option to rent textbooks for certain courses (
  • eBay can save you hundreds of dollars. (E.g. Try on shoes at FootLocker, then purchase them on eBay for half the cost.)



  • If you’re not on a meal plan, make a grocery list before you go food shopping. This will help you avoid impulse buys or purchasing that ingredient you thought you were going to use that is now growing mold in the back of your fridge.
  • Check flyers for sale items and then plan your meals accordingly. Flyers for Toronto stores available at
  • If you have a freezer, stock up on expensive items (like meat) when they’re on sale.
  • Buy fruits and veggies that are in season (which usually means cheaper). Chinatown is the cheapest place around for produce, just inspect your food before buying!



There are many “discount” stores in Toronto that offer good products at lower prices. Remember to look carefully at items before buying them, and check out the condition of items on the shelf: if most look damaged or worn out, the one in good condition that you happen to find will probably wear out sooner than later.


Kensington Market
A great place to find thrift stores and inexpensive restaurants.



The best dollar store in town! Everything under $5, most items are $1 or less.

777 Bay St. (SE corner of Bay & College St. Inside College Park on the lower level)


“Metropass Hot Dealz”

Several major attractions, such as the Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Centre, and Hockey Hall of Fame offer discounts up to 20% for Metropass holders and up to three guests. Check out the following website for a complete list:


The Toronto Public Library

Aside from books (for pleasure or course reading), the library has music, DVDs, and even free passes to places like the ROM or the AGO. Check out for more details.


Red Flag Deals
This website is a great source for deals and coupons on anything and everything. Check frequently for updates.



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