“And that’ll be….$0”

As students, I’m sure we’re all too familiar with the dreaded term…’budget

I’m still acquainting myself with it.

me when summer sales are on via kalboor.com
me when summer sales are on
via kalboor.com

A trip to Eaton Centre, as well-intentioned as it may be ("I just need to visit Fido and sort out my phone plan!") usually ends up with my wallet feeling lighter and tiny pools of regret curdling up in my stomach.

via bustle.com
via bustle.com

(Becky Bloomwood from the Shopaholic series is basically my spirit animal)

Which, when on a student budget, is probably not the wisest thing to be.

Anyway, the point is- with all the $$$ we spend on fees, textbooks, metro passes and/or bus passes (#commuterprobs), FOOD, it can all start to pile up and not leave room for much else.

WHICH IS WHY I decided to put together this list, to help all of us budgeting students make life a little more fun. I hope it’ll be of some comfort to you during this particularly stress-prone month.

So, without further ado, here’s what I hope is a comprehensive list of free stuff for us students that won’t break the bank, or even cause a dent:


Muffin Madness

Where: Multi-Faith Center, 569 Spadina Avenue

When: Wednesdays at 4pm

Tea Social

Where: Hart House Reading Room

When: Tuesdays, 11-1

UC Tea and Cookies

Where: Commuter Student Centre

When: Monday-Thursday, 2:30-3:30

Pancake Brunch i

Where: UC Commuter Student Centre

When: Thursday, October 22nd, 11-1

Pancake Brunch ii

Where: Cat’s Eye Student Pub and Lounge, Victoria College

When: Wednesdays, 10-2

Pancake Brunch iii

When: Woodsworth College

Where: Wednesdays, Kruger Hall, 12-2



Get Crafty:

Where: Hart House Reading Room

When: Thursdays, 11-1

Free Films:

Where: Innis Town Hall

When: Fridays at 7pm

Free Concerts: Jazz at Oscar’s

Where: Arbor Room, Hart House

When: Fridays at 9 pm

Musical Performances

Where: Walter Hall, Faculty of Music

When: Thursdays at noon

Musical Performances

Where: Canadian Opera Company

When: Check website for dates!

University of Toronto Art Centre

Where: 15 King's College Circle

When: Monday-Friday, 12-5


Free Museum Visits:

Royal Ontario Museum, free on Tuesdays with TCard

AGO: Free on Wednesdays from 6-8:30 pm

Aga Khan Museum: Free on Wednesdays, 4-8 pm

Toronto Police Museum: free Monday-Friday, 8:30-4 (PWYC - pay what you can donations appreciated)

CBC Museum: Free, Weekdays, 9-5

Bata Shoe Museum: Thursdays after 5 (PWYC)

Textile Museum: Wednesdays, 5-8 (PWYC)

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Where: 231 Queens Quay West

When: Free admission, all-year round. Check website for hours.

Harbourfront Centre Visual Art Exhibitinons

Where: 235 Queens Quay W

When: September 26-December 24

Ryerson Image Centre, free admission

Where: 33 Gould Street

When: Varied hours

Free City Walking Tours (ROM)

Where: Check website for meeting spots

When: Check website for tour dates


Drop-In Yoga Classes

Where: Goldring Centre/Athletic Centre/Hart House

When: Check schedule for details

Free Massages

Where: Hart House Chapel

When: Mondays, 12-3

Dance Lessons

Where: CIE

When: Tuesday and Friday, 6-8:30


Free Tutoring:

Where: UofT Peer Tutoring Club

When: Register to select timings

Free Online Courses:

Where: Online, University of Toronto

Past Tests and Exams

Where: ASSU Past Test Library



Where: New College Library and two other locations


Where: UTSU Building

photo of colourful UTSU agenda resting on obnoxiously bright patterned bedsheet
these new agendas are oh-so-Instagrammable


Where: Media Commons, Robarts Library, Online

(Accessible with UTORid)


Where: Sid Smith entrance, UC building, pretty much every major building on campus!

Planetarium Shows/ Telescope Viewings/UofT Astronomy Public Tour

Where: UofT Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, 80 St George Street

When: Date varies but the next one is November 5th! See here for details.

Microsoft Office Suite, available for free for U of T students

Where: Online, here's the how-to

Bonus: If your birthday is coming up, you might just be able to score a free coffee and ice-cream in stores around the city!

What a time to be alive, eh?

source: http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/sunday/Beyond-Don-6-of-the-best-Mad-Men-cast-episodes.html
source: http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/sunday/Beyond-Don-6-of-the-best-Mad-Men-cast-episodes.html

I hope I haven’t missed anything out! If I have, let me know in the comments below or on Twitter at Life @ UofT!

2 comments on ““And that’ll be….$0”

  1. Hey! I was just wondering if you knew whether any of the things on this list will still be available this year. If not maybe you could do an updated list for 2016/17 ! Things like this are really great, thanks for helping out.

    1. Good idea! I can’t speak to all of these listed… but I love the idea of an updated list! I’ll pass the idea around to my fellow Community Crew members 🙂

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