Thank you to Zootch for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
Although I graduated two years ago, it feels like I was in school just a few months ago.
Going to school here in Toronto was pretty dang awesome, and I’d say there were plenty of benefits.
Today I’m sharing with y’all a few things every Toronto student should know, including things I took advantage of back in the day and things I wish I’d had back then!
Here’s everything you should know as a Toronto student.
1. Walk underground through the PATH
Especially if you’re a commuter, you’ll want to make use of the PATH.
The PATH is the world’s largest underground shopping complex, as well as your best friend when it comes to getting around the city in the freezing cold or sweltering heat.
From the Eaton Centre to Union Station, you can pretty much navigate your way throughout most of the downtown core through the PATH.
It’s a little confusing at first (and you’ll probably get lost at least a dozen times), but over time it’ll be a huge life saver.
For my fellow Rye High friends, you can access the Ted Rogers building and Cineplex theatre through the PATH.
2. Make friends using Zootch
Zootch is an app that allows you to connect with other people around you without having to add them as contacts.
You can send private messages or start group chats with people within a 20 to 200m radius, depending on your settings.
Whether you’re waiting in line at Basil Box deciding on whether to go with tangy tamarind or sweet chili lime sauce, or you just missed what the prof said in class, strike up a convo with anyone around you.
Watch the teaser below and download the Zootch app to check it out for yourself!
3. Learn escalator and elevator etiquette
Ain’t nothing worse than running late to class and being stuck behind people standing on the left side of the escalator.
Or people getting into the elevator on the ground floor just to go up to the second floor.
Stand on the right side people, and take the gosh darn stairs.
Once you’ve learned the etiquette, you can whine about it with the rest of us on Zootch.
4. Get free entry to local attractions
Luckily for you, your student ID gives you free access to local attractions across Toronto.
The ROM and Gardiner Museum are free on Tuesdays with a post-secondary student ID, and the AGO is free for everyone 25 and under.
U of T students can get free Museum + Arts Passes to gain free entry for two to a bunch of places including Black Creek Pioneer Village and the Toronto Zoo.
Take advantage and get all of the Insta photos, y’all.
Maybe bring along a new friend you’ve met on Zootch, or meet someone while you’re there.
If you’ve crossed paths with someone else on Zootch, their profile pops up in your history.
Perfect way to strike up a missed connection with that cute girl at Chatime, or that Potterhead you wanted to fangirl with but didn’t want to intrude.
5. Take advantage of all the Toronto student discounts
There are tons of restaurants and stores that give student discounts.
Know ‘em and take advantage of ‘em, because many places won’t ask or remind you.
The Metro beside Ryerson offers 10% off from Tuesdays through Thursdays with a valid student ID.
Enjoy, my friends.
While college and university are great opportunities for meeting new people, it isn’t always easy to just go up to someone and say hi.
Zootch is great for connecting with people around you and making new friends you otherwise might not have met.
For more information on Zootch and to download the app, please visit their website.
What are some things you think every Toronto student should know? I’d love to know in the comments!
If you’re currently a student, you can sign up for a free 6-month trial of Amazon Prime Student, which gives you 2-day delivery, Prime Video (stream free TV shows and movies), Prime Music, Twitch Prime, all for free!