When I first came to the University of Toronto two years ago, I was extremely excited to explore and visit new places. However, up until now, I still feel as though I have not explored even half of U of T’s huge campus as it is so abundant in size, stretching across downtown Toronto. In an attempt to help students discover the best hidden spots across campus, I decided to create a blog series about the hidden places at the University of Toronto where students can hang out, study or escape and relax by themselves.
One of the coolest hidden places I came across while walking with a friend spontaneously, was the hidden bamboo forest inside the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, located on 160 College Street, in the heart of downtown Toronto. This bamboo garden is a study space unlike any other that I have ever seen before. I was surprised that it had taken me over two and a half years to find this relaxing, peaceful study spot. I was also completely shook by the fact that there was a hidden forest inside of a building.
This Japanese inspired garden provides vibrant greenery all year round and facilitates students, faculty, as well as the public, in escaping the city and relaxing. This study space is by far my favourite study space, because of how unique and peaceful it is. I definitely would encourage students to come here, especially in between long classes as it is one of the most relaxing and zen hidden gems on campus that I have found.