The ‘A to Z’ of Ryerson University

Aboriginal Student Services — also known by its acronym R.A.S.S. this office provides specialized services for First Nations, Metis and Inuit students on campus and to develops a mutually productive relationship between Ryerson and the Aboriginal Community.

Balzac’s — Integrated into the Ryerson Image Centre is Balzac’s Coffee Roasters. This glass-walled café has become a favourite sitting spot for students and faculty alike.

Carillon — Every quarter-hour, bell-like chimes can be heard ringing through campus. These sounds come from a carillon-type instrument with a series of 25 metal rods, amplified by speakers in the Kerr Hall clock tower. Did you know that for over 50 years, Ryerson alumnus Wayne Detcher has been playing the instrument at convocation ceremonies?

Dish with One Spoon — Toronto and Ryerson University are in the “Dish With One Spoon Territory.” The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers, have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.

Eggy the Ram — Eggy is Ryerson’s official mascot. Eggy used to be an actual ram and there were a total of five real rams between 1961 and 1991.

First-Year Orientation — Orientation Week is the time for first-year students to get familiar with Ryerson’s campus and community. There are over 100 different events happening with some of them being general orientation events as well as program-specific events. Orientation Week and the Orientation Leaders will make sure that your transition to Ryerson is as fun as possible!

Good Food Centre — The Good Food Centre works to reduce the impacts of food insecurity for all Ryerson community members. Services provided include the Good Food Box, a low-cost basket of fruits and vegetables sold twice a month. The Good Food Centre is one of the six equity services provided by the Ryerson Students’ Union.

HOEM — Built in 2018, HOEM is Ryerson’s largest residence, with 30 floors and 593 rooms. It provides students condo-like living with a student lounge, gym facilities, and fully furnished suites!

Image Centre — The Ryerson Image Centre features teaching spaces, gallery spaces and a climate-controlled vault, dedicated to the research and exhibition of photography. Even if you aren’t a student with the School of Image Arts, the periodically changing building gallery and student gallery are definitely worth a look.

Social Justice Week — Eight Social Justice Weeks have been held at Ryerson highlighting the efforts of grassroots organizations and community members currently involved in causes such as immigration, welfare and criminal justice.

Kerr Hall  — Kerr Hall is one of the oldest Ryerson buildings and is considered by some community members to be a “maze” to navigate. The trick is to imagine each side of Kerr Hall as being a point on a campus, and you will soon be a master at navigating it.

Lake Devo  — Though officially known as “Devonian Square,” Ryerson students and staff know the man-made pond as “Lake Devo.” This gorgeous space turns in a reflecting pond in the summer and a skating rink in the winter!

Mattamy Athletic Centre — Formerly known as the Maple Leaf Gardens, the 220 000 square foot sports and entertainment facility was home to the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL team from 1931 to 1999. This was also where Elvis Presley held his first performance outside the United States. Today the facility is used for Ryerson Rams varsity games.

NEXT  — Ryerson NEXT is a career-readiness program for second-year Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science students. NEXT gives you online modules and in-person workshops to explore employment opportunities, develop interpersonal skills, and discuss your future with your peers and industry experts.

OneCard  — Your Student OneCard is much more than just your official student identification. It is used to gain access to gym facilities, pay for printing and get discounts, just to name a few things. Check out our guide on what discounts your OneCard can get you around Toronto.

Podeswa — Jeremy Podeswa is an award-winning filmmaker and a 1984 graduate from Ryerson image arts. He directed the season seven finale of Game of Thrones which premiered on HBO with a record-setting 12.1 million viewers.

Quidditch  — Yes, like the Hogwarts sport from Harry Potter. Ryerson has a quidditch club which plays in games and tournaments against other Canadian universities.

Ram in the Rye — Located in the Ryerson Student Centre is the campus pub, Ram in the Rye. It’s the place to watch sports, participate in the karaoke nights or just unwind after class! Be sure to also look out for the “student debt specials” on the menu for cheap eats.

Student Learning Centre — The Sheldon & Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre is often seen as being the “front door” of Ryerson University. The eight-story building provides students with uniquely-designed floors to meet, study and exchange ideas.

Toronto International Film Festival — The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most attended film festivals in the world. Each year, screenings for certain movies are held at the Ryerson Theatre. If you’re willing to brave the line, you might just run into an A-list celebrity.

Urban Farm — Ryerson Urban Farm grew out of an initiative by students from Ryerson’s Centre for Studies in Food Security wanting to grow fresh food on campus. The Urban Farm’s main growing space is located on the Andrew and Valerie Pringle Environmental Green Roof above the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre.

Vardalos — Nia Vardalos is an actress who studied theatre at Ryerson. She is most notable for starring in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Ryerson’s campus was also used as a filming location for that movie.

WhyRyerson — Your favourite blog on Ryerson student life!

Extracurricular — Okay so this one might be bit of a cop out, but Ryerson-related words beginning with ‘x’ are next to nothing. Nonetheless, Ryerson has zero shortage of extracurriculars with over 200 student groups, course unions and associations.

Yummy — One of the perks of being located in downtown Toronto is being surrounded by a virtually endless assortment of cuisine. Be sure to watch our YouTube series RU Cravings to learn about the best restaurants around campus.

Zone Learning — 10 distinct zones exist at Ryerson that offer students and entrepreneurs the chance to take their ideas outside of the classroom by working on real-world projects or launching a startup.

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