Innis College recognizes the diversity of its student body, including their wide distribution across the Greater Toronto Area and strives to provide them with the necessary support. Being a commuter student comes with its own set of unique challenges and the commuter experience is different for each student. To accommodate for this, Innis College offers several resources and programming tailored to commuters.

The commuter portfolio would like to welcome all incoming Innis students for 2020. Being a commuter student comes with its unique trials and tribulations, but the commuter team is here to help! We are dedicated to making orientation an amazing experience for all commuter students and providing you with resources to make your first year go a little smoother. The commuter team is not only working hard to compile a resource package, but we are also planning a commuter specific orientation, so stay tuned for more information! 

We are looking forward to meeting you all :) 


Hayley and Kenny

Commuter Spaces

There are many spaces at the College that are perfect for breaks between classes to study or hang out. The Innis College library is a quiet study space that also offers services such as printing and research help. On the first floor of the college building, the commuter lounge is open to all students. It features seating, entertainment, and a kitchenette equipped with a toaster, microwave, coffee maker and kettle. 

Other spaces in the college include first-floor lobby seating area, the college green (outdoor space), study carrels on the third floor and even a rooftop patio! Commuters also have access to the Residence Events Room, a multi-purpose space available to students 24/7 whenever it is not in use.

Student studying inside Innis Cafe

The Innis cafe located at the college offers a wide selection of food options, with speedy service and reasonable prices! The cafe has a large dining area for eating in but also offers take-away.

The ICSS also has lockers available for rent and bike racks available, located in front of both the College building and Innis Residence. Students also have access to the Bike Cage in the parking garage under the residence building for more security.

Bikes parked at bike rack


Hey Innis! My name is Hayley and I am one of your commuter executives this year! As part of the executive committee, I am excited to welcome you all to the Innis community and plan an amazing orientation for everyone. This September I will be entering my 4th year, pursuing a double major in Environmental Science and Conservation Biology. I am also involved with other Innis activities, so if you see me around campus virtual or otherwise, please don’t be afraid to say hi!

The daily challenges of commuting can make it tough and although I only live a mere 20-minute walk from campus I understand many of those challenges very well. Moving out of residence after my first year was not an easy change for me, that is why I want to help make this transition go swimmingly for all of this year’s incoming commuter students. Our goals this year are to make orientation accessible, inclusive and help students foster new relationships despite the physical separation. The commuter team is responsible for catering to the unique needs of commuter students at orientation and this year we want to focus on making their transition into University life smooth sailing!


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Commuter Representation

The Innis College Student Society (ICSS) offers a variety of commuter-specific programming. Past events have included a painting night, free food events, and a trip to Ripley’s Aquarium. The council has 3 representative positions specifically for commuter students. The two Off-campus representatives are elected in the Spring general elections and the First Year Off-Campus Representative is elected during the fall by-elections in September. Collectively, they are responsible for representing commuters, organizing events, and addressing the needs of commuter students.

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Hey Innis! I’m Kenny, the other commuter executive for orientation this year. Trust me, I know this must be such a weird time for everyone, but we’re seriously going to get through it. :) I didn’t get much of a chance to be part of Frosh throughout my years here, so I’m excited to indulge in this new experience with everyone.  Hayley and I promise to work extremely hard for everyone to really understand what it means to be a commuter student, whether you’ll be travelling 10-15 minutes, or have to take 2 buses and a GO train to get to campus. We’re here to help, and if we can’t, we’ll make sure you have access to any resource you need.

I’m also a 4th year commuter student, studying Psychology and Global Health major. Thankfully, I’m able to bike to school every day (it’s not as scary as you think). The one thing I’ve learned about Innis is that it’s a small community compared to the other colleges. There’s a place for everybody and I promise you, everyone here at Innis will be glad to help any first years! :)

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Ever wish you had an all inclusive guide to being an Innis commuter student at UofT? Well, you're in luck! Your commuter executives have put together a comprehensive booklet just for you.

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