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Jul10

options, stacks on stacks of options

Hey aska!
I’m doing a sociology specialist at the moment and entering my third year,
but I want to look out for other majors. I’m kind of interested in economics
at the moment, and want to take the two full year courses for the major
prerequisites. However, I don’t know how smart that is (taking 2 full year
courses just for the sliver of the chance of getting in) considering I’m
not very good at math or time organization – I had to climb up from a 0.8
GPA in first year because of a rough transition, and now my GPA and mental
health are more secure I want to try branching out. I also want to ask if
me being in third year affects my chances of applying to the program, since
so many incoming first years have probably gotten a head start.Thanks for
your reply:0

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hi!

being in third year does not affect your chances of getting into the program at all, you can apply for a subject POSt up until you want to graduate.

as for whether or not it’s “smart” to take 2 full year courses in order to get into the major, i would definitely suggest at least trying. according to the department of economics’ website, you need both an ECO and MAT requirement and certain marks achieved in those courses. if you’re worried that it’s not “smart” because you’re bad at math and time management (which is extremely relatable to me), you could at least try enrolling in those courses, see how you do, and then drop before the deadline (this year, it’s november 6th for F courses and february 20th for Y courses). no harm, no foul.

 twin peaks okay smiling thumbs up dale cooper GIF

if you’re really serious about enrolling in the econ major, you could also try taking just one of the courses this year or starting with both and dropping one if you need to. then, you could take them as summer courses later on or the year after. the only issue with that option is that it might further extend the time spent on your undergrad degree, but if that isn’t a big deal for you, then this is a good option in my (non-professional) opinion.

i really believe that you can achieve whatever you put your mind to, but also know that there are other options that you can explore if the initial plan doesn’t work out. i would also suggest making an academic advising session with your college registrar’s office. i’m sure they’d be able to help!

i hope this helps! good luck!

xoxo,

aska

Jun03

HODOR

Note from aska: *WARNING* if you aren’t caught up to game of thrones, you might not want to read this because it contains spoilers as well as several, and i mean several references to the show

Hi, so I missed the deadline and thus now I don’t have a residence guarantee ( university college ).  I’m on the wait list. I wanted to ask what are the chances of me now getting a residence ? High or low ? Because I’m an international student so its really important for me to stay on campus. The residence people said they start sending out offers of residence to people on the waitlist by late June or early July. So should I start looking for off campus residences ? Or there are chances of me getting a residence ??!

My situation right now is literally like HODOR holding the door while the white walkers tried attacking him. I’m freaking out. I didn’t know about the deadline. I thought June 1st was the deadline to submit the application.

Looking forward to a prompt response

Thank youuu

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i really wanted to answer this question with: hodor.

but it makes me want to cry and being employed is great.

once you miss out on that sweet sweet first year residence guarantee it’s kind of hard to say whether or not you’ll have a place to live. i wish i was jojen reed so i could have a vision and tell you “yes, you will get into res”,

jojen

(btw if you haven’t seen this video, you should)

but alas, like our lord commander jon snow himself, we know nothing.

heknowsnothing

waitlists are super fickle and tricky to predict. if you’re on the waitlist, UC residence services might try to set you up with an alternative option or redirect you to the appropriate resources. give them a call, they might be able to give you more info about your situation!

i would recommend you look through some other housing resources just to be safe. https://offcampushousing.utoronto.ca/ is great for housing for students. you can make your search very specific.

these two websites are also popular when looking for apartments in toronto:

https://www.walkscore.com/

http://www.viewit.ca/

for future reference: make sure to always always always always write all deadlines on your calendar and read everything very carefully. the university isn’t exactly lenient on missed deadlines for most things.

i’m sorry you’re in this situation and i wish i could do more than entertain you with GoT references but i really hope everything works out!

also, i love that subtle “looking forward to a prompt response”… ya well if by prompt response you meant several days, don’t worry, i got you

(we’ve been going through some changes here at aska, bear with us, we’re trying our best here)

the lannisters send their regards, (last one, i swear)

aska

Jan10

don’t do that pls

I was wondering if I could get away with staying in my dorm after my final exam? I know that U of T has this policy where you MUST evacuate your dorm room after your last final exam, even if the exam period isn’t over yet.?(So if the residence closure date is Dec. 20 and my last exam is Dec. 13, I still have to leave right away so they can accommodate people for the?winter break). Can I get away with staying in residence until they
officially close? Do you know any body who has done this?

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lol don’t do that.

if you have a don, they are responsible for kicking you out. if you don’t have a don, it’ll be the responsibility of some stranger who works for uoft. either way, you don’t wanna deal with that, man, trust.

if there’s an issue where you have no accommodation for over the break, you may want to look into this or contact housing services.

aska

P.S. i realize i answered this question too late but i hope it will be valuable for future kids who might be considering DUPING THE SYSTEM.

Jul25

breaking bad first years

Hi, I’m going to? U of T in the coming fall and I am having some difficulties during course selection.

I’m considering enrolling in either a Chemistry specialist program or Financial Economics specialist program in the future. Therefore, I am intending to choose CHY151Y1(Y), MAT135H1(F), MAT136H1(S), PHY131H1(F), PHY132H1(S), ECO100Y1(Y). However, when I emailed my College Registrar’s Office about it, she said it would be ‘an extremely heavy course load’ for me. Do you think it is too heavy as well? Do normal people only do the prerequisites for one program only?

I also wonder if it is possible to do the Physics courses in the 2nd year instead of the 1st year, but still have the prerequisites for a Chemistry program.

Besides, I’m on the wait list for the residence. Is it likely for me to get a residence offer? If not, where do you recommend me to live in while I’m at U Of T?

Sometimes I might worry too much but I do worry about the job opportunities of a Chemistry graduate!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

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Hey hey

Honestly, I do think that’s a rather heavy course load.

If there’s anything there that you don’t actually need to take… just don’t take it. Spare yourself the trauma and stress. Normally, people take the fer sure prereqs for their would be programs, and maybe an elective here and there. And since I’m getting the vibe that you’re more into chem than eco, maybe don’t take eco? I’ve heard it’s a bit of a monster.

But yes, you can just save the physics courses for second year if you don’t need them immediately.

To get into chem, you only need CHM138H/139H. HOWEVER, note that if you go through with the specialist (as opposed to the major), you will eventually need physics down the line.

As for residence…. er well it depends on the res and where you are on the waitlist. To be completely, honest, I have no idea if you’ll get in, but my gut is leaning towards a you shall not enter.

Do you ABSOLUTELY need to live on campus?

If you do, the university offers a roommate finder/house finder search function thingie. It may be a bit limited, but that’s something. Past that, there’s sifting through the usual sketchiness that is Craigslist, viewit.ca, and just… you know, Google.

But if you can commute, do that.

And job opportunities for a chemistry graduate?

Well, you can always pull a Walter White… 😉

Cheers!

aska

Jun03

she doesn’t even go here

Hi,

I was just wondering if you can still live on residence even if you are suspended for a year? Because I keep getting emails saying my housing application is incomplete and to complete it by a certain date etc. So now I am thinking of living on residence (If i am allowed to) and working for a year, since I can’t seem to find a place to live in the area for the September year…please help! (I am from UTM)

Thank you!

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Hey hey

Uhhhhhhhhh I want to give you one big fat firm no but I’ve come to realize nothing at this bloody university is ever black or white. Instead, I’m going to give a 99.9% sure no.

Or well. Just no. Yeah. No. No residence for you.

The goddess of logic tells me since dorms are student residences and you are not technically a student, then nay, you’re just getting emails but they’re not relevant to you.

And if you can’t find a place right now, give the housing search (no longer available) a try! Or Craigslist. Or random google searches.

Cheers!

aska

Mar27

help me i’m pooooor

Hi there, I am from out of town and wanted to know if renting a room off campus is more affordable than living on campus from your experience?? Also is it true that tuition is a flat fee rather than per course?? So someone taking 4 classes will pay as much as someone taking 5 classes.

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Hey there!

Ummm well to be honest I’m a commuter… 🙁

I never got the perk of living in res/near campus, but I can tell you from the many, many time I looked at listings on the Housing website and on Craigslist, and from the experiences of others that living off-campus is definitely going to be the option that’s kinder to your wallet.

You can find housing in downtown Toronto for as little as $650 if you’re not super picky. And I actually had a friend who managed $350 a month by sharing a two bedroom apartment with three other people.

So yes: more affordable housing = not U of T’s.

As for tuition, if you’re a full-time student, then yes, you’ll be dealing with flat fees. As in yes, as you yourself say, someone in four classes pays as much as someone in five. But you can also maximize your flat fee and take six, although that probably isn’t the best idea unless you’re sure you can handle it.

xoxo,aska

Nov16

where the party people at?

Hello,
I’m an international student possibly studying in Toronto. Where do you think I should live… on campus or find a house to rent a room in? My criteria are:- people who know how party…- but also aren’t completely out of it 100% of the time and work too
thanks!

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Hey hey!

Since you’re an international student, I’m going to recommend taking advantage of UofT’s guarantee for housing for first-year students just to be safe. Considering you’re not from here, you won’t really know what neighborhoods would be best and/or affordable for you. Furthermore, if you’re living on res, you’re most likely going to be with a bunch of people with a similar mindset of Party! Party! Party! and who will want to join you in that endeavor so there you go.

Cheers!

aska

Oct15

housing. need it. where?

Hi there,

Moving to Toronto soon. Kindly suggest housing search engines. Also, please inform me of any neighbourhoods that I should avoid or consider. Money is an issue, so affordability trumps trendiness.

Thanks,

Sara

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Hey hey,

I have half a mind to respond in irritatingly short and curt sentences, buuuuuut I don?t quite like those so I?ll refrain from being sassy.

For someone attending U of T, one of the best neighbourhoods would be Kensington Market. A girl I know shared a five-bedroom ‘apartment’ and paid $650 a month, utilities included. Aside from that, you?re in the middle of a lovely area with great food and great places to check out. Another one close to the university is the Annex, which is a little bit north of Kensington. Basically the same in terms of rent and places to go, but my favourite selling factor would be the nearness to BMV and Labyrinth. Living in an apartment either alone or with a roommate will probably cost around $800 or more regardless of the area you choose, so I maintain that Kensington and the Annex are great picks since with all the houses around there, getting a room would be more economical.

And as for search engines, U of T has its own on the Housing website. But if you?re capable of sifting through sketchy ads, give Craigslist a try too.

Best,

aska

Jun21

match maker, match maker, make me a roommate

Dear Asksa,
I will be attending U of T St George in September as a first year student in social sciences and am facing a little bit of a problem..
I got accepted into New College for residence and thought thats were I will be living until my dad said that he was actually thinking of making an investment by buying an apartment near the campus, so $12,000 for residence would be useless as I would have to move out second year regardless. I agreed, who wouldn’t be ecstatic to get there own place first year! Well at first I was on cloud nine but now…not so much. My dad told me that in order to get my place I need to find a roommate to pay rent, helping out with the financial situation….Still nothing seemed wrong until now that I have come to realize that I have NO IDEA how to find a roommate!? Im a first year student, who knows absolutely no-one and the few that I do now are all going to residence or staying at home like most first year students do! The deposit for residence was due a little while ago, so there goes that option. I don’t know what to do anymore :s Is there a website, a group, anything, where I can find people interested in living close to campus but not in residence?! Im really starting to stress out and would appreciate your help.
Thanks so much!
-Melika

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Melika!!

Have I got a solution for you!

U of T Housing has a ‘Roomate Finder’ database! You post the information about the place, yourself and what you are looking for in a roommate and others searching for a place will email. It’s like Craigslist or Kijiji but specifically for U of T students.

I personally have tried to rent a room through this resource and just got an overwhelming about of applications.

Here you go! Look to the bottom right for the link, register and away you go!!

May the crazies not apply.

forever the cupid of future roommates,
aska

Jun02

Damn Government.

I want to live either on residence or find an apartment downtown for the next school year but my estimated OSAP funding isn’t enough for living expenses in Toronto. Is there anywhere else I could turn to? Grants, scholarships etc. I really don’t want to commute again this year since it takes about 1.5 hours each way. Thanks.

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May24

Looking for a Place to Happen

Hey Aska,

Is it possible to find housing off campus, a room per se, in the $400-550 range per month? If so, where do I look?

Thanks Homefry.???

 

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May18

“Parents Just Don’t Understand.” – Will Smith

Hi, i’ll be coming to UofT from out of town and my parents have been pressuring me about money, loans, etc. i know things change every year, but i’m wondering if some of the residences are more “thrifty” or less expensive than others?

i’ve gotten my ‘residence reply form’ for New College, and noticed that their res fees have gone up since last year. would it be a possibility for me to switch to a residence that’s a bit cheaper, or is it too late now? Thanks!

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May09

housing WHOAHs…

Hi, I got accepted into Woodsworth for life sciences but they sent me off to 89 chestnut for res. & it’s a bit pricey for me. I might as well commute to campus. Are there any possible ways to change college or residence before it’s too late?
i received an offer from u of t a few weeks ago, but i am NOT happy with my college placement. i really want to get into victoria college, and my average is 91 (i ranked vic as #2–stupid). can someone pleaasssee tell me how i can get in. i’m desperate!! this is really important to me, as i will be living in residence next year, and i really like victoria’s environment.
I have just been accepted into U of T for commerce at St. George for Fall 2007.
I have applied to New College. But now I really dont want to go there. Is it possible to switch to Woodsworth college? Since I think that it would be so much better for me since I’m going into commerce, and prefer apartment style residences. (not dorms)

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