How To Make The Most Of Your York U Tour
March break is next week, and many of you may want to visit your potential universities. I have decided to share a guide with you all that I originally made for myself when I attended my very first tour at York University.
Plan your commute – First thing you want to do is plan your commute. Decide whether you will be driving, or taking the public transit. Find the directions, and also get an idea of which parking lot you will be parking in. The morning of the tour, be sure to check the traffic updates to ensure there are no delays and everything is running on schedule.
Tour – Prepare your questions to take to the tour with you. The tours are usually about an hour and a half long, so do wear comfortable shoes, and dress according to the weather. Head to the first floor of the Bennett Centre and relax in the Visitors waiting area. Bring your questions forward about campus life, academics, employment, finance or any other inquiries you had prepared. Check out the residence virtual tours by following this link. It was on my first tour that I inquired about on-campus employment and found out about the work/study positions. All the venturing around during the tour can make one hungry, so relax with some food or enjoy some coffee/ latte!
Enrolment appointment (only applies if you have accepted your offer of admission.) – I booked my enrolment appointment and tour on the same day. This is very efficient, especially if you are a mature student and are booking the day off work, as it can be difficult to take multiple days off work to come on campus, or if you are visiting from outside the province. Make sure you bring your student number, along with the address of where your appointment will be taking place. At the end of your tour, be sure to ask the ambassadors to point you in the right direction for your appointment. This is the appointment where you can expect to get your questions answered regarding your course selections, enrolment deposit fee, tuition fee, and schedule–so ask away!
YorkU Card (only applies if you have accepted your offer of admission.) – Head over to 200 William Small Centre to obtain your YU-card. You will need to bring a government photo-id and your student id number in order to obtain your YU-card. YU-card is your campus debit card and photo-id. You need your YU-card to access amenities, libraries, exams, meal-plans, shopping, on-campus laundry facilities, and much more. September can be a very busy time on campus, so now is the perfect time to get your YU-card before classes start and avoid the long line-ups.
These tasks can take an entire work-day, so be sure to book off the day from other priorities. Yes, I am speaking from experience! 🙂 I hope you found this guide helpful. Feel free to leave comments, questions, and concerns below!