The University of Toronto was recently ranked number one in Canada and number 20 globally by U.S. News & World Report.
However, as an undergraduate student here in her third year, I can DEFINITELY say there are many reasons I wish I never came to this godforsaken school.
1. The weather in this city is always, always horrible – and to make it worse, U of T rarely gives any snow days! (Seriously, what is up with that?)
I don’t remember the last time I walked outside without the wind hitting my face at 27 miles per hour. The weather in this city is basically bad all school year – it starts to get chilly in September, followed by five months of an excruciating winter, and a sad spring till April. To put it simply: the weather is only good in this city from May till August.
And the worst part is that U of T doesn’t give enough snow days. Seriously, we were forced to go to school and write our exams during a polar vortex. On top of that, they don’t put enough salt on sidewalks.
2. Downtown appears thrilling to incoming freshmen till you find out this city is practically unaffordable for students.
It’s all fun and games till you’re forced to pay $1 500 for small student unit downtown. Additionally, there’s nothing really to do in downtown that doesn’t involve spending money. Textbooks are so expensive you’d want to gauge your eyes out, food is expensive, and a single night out can cost you a lot.
Your other options include living outside the city and commuting every day, but come on, who are we kidding? The TTC is the worst.
3. U of T is a real GPA killer.
It’s relatively easy to get into U of T but undergraduate studies here is no joke. U of T is known for having really low-class averages. The competitiveness and the high expectations here can adversely impact your GPA and basically harm your chances for graduate school.
On top of that, bell curves certainly do not make it better.
4. The WiFi on campus is the worst.
To begin, you hardly get network in a lot of the buildings in U of T. On top of that, I find that the internet is super slow and keeps on disconnecting. The WORST of all is Convocation Hall – seriously, it’s a nightmare.
5. U of T is simply way too big.
Seriously, the class sizes are way too big, and the student-teacher ratio is really bad. Large class sizes and frequent impersonal approaches to teaching can often make you feel isolated.
6. Campus life is pretty bland.
Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of clubs to choose from and there’s always something or the other happening on campus. However, due to overburdening course loads it’s too difficult to keep up with any extracurricular activities for most students. U of T doesn’t even have a large homecoming. In my opinion, the Greek life isn’t all that happening here either.
7. Trying to find a spot in Robarts during exam season is near impossible.
U of T has 44 libraries, and still it’s somehow impossible to find a study spot during exam season. For starters, most of the libraries aren’t open 24 hours. Even though Robarts is open during exam season, only a few floors are functional at all hours – and trust me, there’s barely any sufficient seating. I think it has to do with the fact that we also have thousands of kids on a campus with crowded study spots?
8. Campus food is the worst – the only thing that’ll save you is the brown food truck in front of Sidney Smith.
For a school that’s so big, there are barely any decent places to eat on campus.
9. It’s actually really difficult to get a job in Toronto.
Unless you’re from Rotman, or you’re exceptionally good at balancing grades and extra curriculars, I find it’s really hard to get a job. Because there are so many students in Toronto, competitiveness is really high over here. Sometimes even people with straight 4.0’s don’t even get decent jobs in the city.
10. You could avoid all these and go to UTSC or UTM instead – but come on, why would you?
I mean, you could avoid all the city problems and move to the other two campuses, but that’s even worse. For example, UTSC is too small and it’s in the middle of nowhere.