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Settling in Toronto

Settling in Toronto - Sunnybrook Research InstituteDetailed information for fellows and graduate students can be found on the University of Toronto's School of Graduate Studies web site. You can also check out Sunnybrook's medical student orientation guide for more information on Sunnybrook policies and services.

Finding an apartment

Visit the University of Toronto's housing Web site for information on accommodation in Toronto. Other good sources for housing include ViewIt, Craigslist, Kijiji, and NOW magazine.

Toronto is a vibrant, sprawling city with many neighbourhoods to choose from, and local websites like BlogTO or Toronto Life's Real Estate Guide can help you decide where you want to live.


Click here for a map of the Sunnybrook Campus

TTC and discounted passes

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) provides subway, streetcar and bus services throughout Toronto. For directions on how to get to Sunnybrook from within the city, visit the hospital's directions page.

Monthly TTC passes are available for Sunnybrook staff, volunteers and students at a discounted price. You need to bring your Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre ID to buy or pick up your pass. The times and dates of sale are available on the hospital intranet. You can pay through payroll deduction, credit card or debit card. We do not accept cash.

The cost of TTC passes is tax deductible. For more information about the tax credit please visit the Canada Revenue Agency Web site.

The Sunnybrook shuttle

A free shuttle service is available to staff members. The shuttle travels between A and H-Wing at Sunnybrook, 76 Grenville Street and the Holland Centre. The shuttle bus schedule is available on the hospital intranet. With the exception of breaks at 8:45 AM, 11:45 AM and 3:15 PM, the shuttle stops at each location every half hour from 6:00 AM to 6:35 PM. From September to May, the 8:30 AM and 5:05 PM shuttles are often full.

The express shuttle runs between H-Wing and the Lawrence subway station. It operates from 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM, and 3:45 PM to 6:30 PM.

To board the shuttle, please join the single file line of staff. Do not block the sidewalk.


Sunnybrook's Baview Campus offers many bike parking options. There are also public bike racks available outside both downtown shuttle pick-up locations.

Sunnybrook Park is full of bike paths that connect the Bayview Campus to the rest of the city. Showers are available on the Bayview Campus for men and women in the washrooms behind the McLaughlin Auditorium.

Every summer Sunnybrook celebrates Bike to Work day. Visit our environmental sustainability site for more information.

U of T campus is very bike friendly. You can view a detailed map of the downtown campus here.

Social Insurance Number

To work in Canada, even temporarily, a social insurance number (SIN) is required. Information on how to get one can be found on the Service Canada web site. The Service Canada location closest to Sunnybrook is at Yonge and St. Clair (25 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 3A4). You may also find other Service Canada locations closer to your home.

Opening a bank account

A variety of financial services are offered by Sunnybrook Credit Union Limited, now a division of Meridian Credit Union, conveniently located at Sunnybrook, room CB 02. Details about how to become a member and more information are available at

Alternatively, to open a bank account elsewhere in Toronto, visit a local bank and present two pieces of identification such as a passport, driver's license or social insurance number. One piece of identification must have a photo.

Health care

All international postdoctoral trainees should visit the University of Toronto's postdoctoral office at the School of Graduate Studies to inquire about health care coverage. The office is located at 63 St. George Street, room 304.

Because there is a three-month waiting period for the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), all international fellows are required to enroll in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) for the first three months they are in Canada. However, if a fellow will not be here for more than six months, then they must purchase UHIP for the full six months.

Sunnybrook and social media

To get the latest Sunnybrook hospital and research news while you're off campus, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. The personal use of social media on campus, on staff computers or personal devices, is prohibited for most students and staff. For more information, read:

  • Our social media policy in full, found on the hospital intranet
  • Social media policy basics:
    • Sunnybrook employees and students are prohobited from identifying themselves as such on social media sites, for example, on a Facebook profile
    • Sunnybrook employees and students are prohibited from discussing their work on social media sites

More information

For more information, please contact Merle Casci, coordinator of the Research Trainee Centre:
Phone: 416-480-5741
2075 Bayview Ave., Room S6 70
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5