Glendon Campus: Why It’s Worth Visiting

Posted by Arshia on February 26, 2015

A Tale of Two Campuses

So you study at York’s Keele campus . . . but who says you can’t visit “the other campus”, Glendon? As a proud Glendonite, I thought I’d share just a few of the many tidbits that make Glendon a campus like no other – and entice you to visit the campus yourself. Now is a better time than ever: this coming Sunday, March 1, Glendon is holding its spring open house, called Expérience Glendon, from 10am to 2:30pm. Check it out!

Beautiful Year-Round


Established in 1959 as the first York campus, what is now the university’s bilingual liberal arts campus is known for being particularly picturesque, no matter the season. Personally, I think it looks like something out of a fairy tale, especially during the spring, when all the flowers by the Glendon Manor and in the Rose Garden are blooming. And to think it was purchased from the University of Toronto for just $1 all those years ago makes the view even more amazing!


Lunik Co-op (Glendon’s cozy café)

This café is somewhat of a hidden gem at the Glendon campus, located in the basement of the Glendon Manor. I once heard a Keele visitor say it seems like a place where “all the hipsters hang out” (in other words, a relaxed atmosphere where you can chat with friends as someone plays guitar in the background). The volunteer-run café showcases a pay-what-you-can model, so be sure to buy a hot drink and a yummy treat; I’ve heard their coconut cream cupcakes are amazing. As another benefit, a lot of the café’s food is vegan, gluten-free and/or organic. Lunik also occasionally hosts events like Open Mic Night (Café Chantant). Read Glendon eAmbassador Sarah’s blog post about why Lunik Co-op is one of her favourite spots on campus.


Glendon Athletic Club (GAC)


Located behind the gorgeous Glendon Manor, the GAC is open to not just Glendon students but to all York students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members. For a $15 yearly membership, you can use the pool, boxing studio, spinning studio, gymnasium, group exercise classes, weight and cardio room, four international squash courts, three outdoor tennis courts and an indoor golf driving range.

Yep, even Adam Sandler works out at the GAC.

GAC outside view
An outside view of the Glendon Athletic Club.


Leslie Frost Library


outside view of leslie frost library
The Leslie Frost Library
Beautiful view of snow from Frost Library


Visiting this sleek library overlooking the Rose Garden is definitely worth it. It’s a nice feeling to sit at a desk, reading or doing work while looking out and seeing such beautiful scenery. Plus, because Glendon has a small student population of just under 3,000, the library is usually not too crowded. The best spot in library? The Fireside Room.


An easy commute


York U offers a free shuttle service (between the Keele and Glendon campuses) for all York University community members. The ride is only 30 to 45 minutes and it’s nice to be able to fall asleep or listen to the radio (compliments of the shuttle bus driver) as you travel between the two campuses. The shuttle runs about every hour during the school year and less often during the exam period and summertime. I recommend you arrive a little early, as there can be a bit of a lineup and you want to make sure you can get a seat!

The Glendon-Keele shuttle bus


So what do you think? Ready to take a look?


Glendon offers 45-minute tours led by students to show you classrooms, the student lounge, the library and the athletic centre.

Better yet, this Sunday, March 1, join us at Expérience Glendon! Hope to see you there!

Experience GL with…

Have you been to Glendon yet? Feel free to share your experiences or questions about Glendon in the comments below!


Arshia is a third-year international studies major at Glendon College. She no longer blogs regularly for the YU Blog but may post on occasion as a guest-blogger.

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