PLACES @ YORKU
The Ab: “The Ab” is a nickname for The Absinthe Pub & Coffee Shop, which is run by students. Housed in Winters College, the Ab features a large-screen TV, dartboards, pinballs, video games and some live performances.
Village: The Village is the name for the off-campus student housing unit situated south of the Keele campus. The best part? YU Transportation Services offers three York University shuttles — Village Express, Village East, and Village West — to students residing in the Village.
Bear Pit: A place where many events such as club fairs and blood drives happen throughout the year! It is situated in front of the Religious Centre once you have entered Central Square.
Atrium/Heart of York: The Atrium — commonly known as the “Heart of York” — is another name for Vari Hall. It takes its name from the building’s central location and its status as an event hub throughout the year.
Smokes: Smokes — a short-form for Smoke’s Poutinerie — is one of the campus’s most popular food choices, located in the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Building.
Tait: Tait — a short form for Tait McKenzie Centre — is a gym located near the Life Sciences Building. With a membership (that costs only 15 dollars a year), students can access a gym, swimming pool, as well as facilities and resources.
Scott/Steacie/Bronfman: Scott, Steacie and Bronfman are three of the eight libraries at YorkU, with Scott being the main one.
Lanes: Lanes is a short form of York Lanes, YorkU’s mini mall. York Lanes has around 40 stores and restaurants and is a central hub for students to socialize and grab meals between lectures.
The Underground: The Underground is a name for an underground campus kitchen run by students. It is located in the Student Centre and hosts many events throughout the year, such as karaoke and bingo nights.
agYU: agYU stands for the Art Gallery of YorkU and is York’s own art gallery located in the Accolade East Building.
BUSES @ YORKU
Bus loop: Being predominantly a commuter school, YorkU has a plethora of bus services operating on campus. The main bus loop — used by TTC and GO buses — is located around YorkU Commons, with the YRT/VIVA and Züm bus loop behind the Archives of Ontario. Learn more about the many transportation options to and from YorkU.
196: The 196 is a TTC-operated bus that takes you to Downsview station; a 196B takes you to Sheppard/Yonge station.
501: The 501 is a Züm-operated bus that takes you to Brampton.
60: The 60 is a TTC-operated bus that takes you to Finch station (the 199 bus will also take you to Finch).
RESOURCES @ YORKU
YFile: YFile is YorkU’s campus newsletter. Its mandate is to serve York faculty, staff and students by writing, editing and reporting on campus news.
SFP: SFP stands for Student Financial Profile and is a multi-purpose online application form that you can fill out for various scholarships, bursaries and on-campus jobs. To learn more about the SFP and how you can be eligible, visit the YorkU Financial Aid page.
YU-card: The YU-card is our official photo identification card and campus debit card — all in one! You need this card to access services such as the library, gym, exams, meal plans, shopping, events, discounts and more.
DPR: DPR stands for the Degree Progress Report and is an online self-serve tool that allows students to track their progress toward their degree. It displays the credits you have already satisfied, credits you still require and even calculates your GPA!
goSAFE: If you ever feel unsafe or need someone to get around campus — especially at nighttime — goSAFE is your go-to. You can contact goSAFE at (416)-736-5455 or learn about their services here.
M.A.L.L.: M.A.L.L. is an acronym for the McLaughlin Academic Life Line, which is run by students to help their fellow Yorkies with all aspects of academic life at YorkU. The students work under a College academic adviser. From the McLaughlin web page:
Dropping a course? Appealing a grade? Choosing a major? Starting a petition? Studying for exams? Writing an essay? Too many parking tickets? Well, then we can help!!!
Passport York: Passport York is exactly what it sounds like: your passport to York! Your Passport York ID authenticates you as a member of the YorkU community and gives you access to a wide range of computing resources and services such as course enrolment.
YI: YI stands for York International and is York’s designated department that assists all visiting international students, as well as domestic and international students who wish to work or study abroad.
SC&LD: SC&LD stands for Student Community & Leadership Development and is the “heart of student life at York”. Some programs and services that SC&LD offers include: RED Zone, Health Education & Promotions, help with Orientation and more. Their mandate is to assist new Lions in their transition to University and to help all students make the most of their York experience.
YU Connect: YU Connect is an online system that allows students to match opportunities to their self-selected interests. It also records all extracurricular activities for that useful co-curricular transcript!
MISCELLANEOUS @ YORKU
York GPA system: YorkU’s Grade Point Average (GPA) scale ranges from a 0.0 (F) to a 9.0 (A+) GPA.
YFS: YFS stands for York Federation of Students, which is the student government body at YorkU, representing more than 55,000 students on the Keele campus. The union organizes many events throughout the year, such as YorkFest, and it even brought in Big Sean for a concert last year! You can learn more about YFS and all of their initiatives here.
RLC: RLC is the short form of Residence Life Coordinator, the person who oversees the student experience in residence.
Don: A don is your go-to person in residence! You can ask him or her for help/advice, and dons are also responsible for hosting floor-wide meetings and events.
BONUS @ YORKU