Your University of Toronto TCard is a photo ID smartcard which provides identification for academic purposes, student activities and services, facility and a Library access. The TCard also provides users the option to carry cash value in the computer chip, allowing the card to be used to purchase photocopies, computer printing, laundry services, and vending services at select locations on the University of Toronto campuses.

Where and When to Get It?
Starting June 1st, 2019, TCards will be issued to new students who have been admitted to the Fall 2018 session.   Visit the TCard office online, and in person at:
214 College Street, First floor

To obtain your TCard, you will need:

University Identification:
To establish yourself as a U of T student you will need to provide your Letter of Offer, or you must know your Student Number.

Proof of citizenship & identity:
Proof of citizenship and identity is required in order to begin your studies at the University of Toronto. Your citizenship may also determine your fees.  Students whose citizenship documentation does not match their status in the University’s records system will not be issued a TCard and will instead be directed to the School of Graduate Studies.

Please refer to the TCard website for complete details regarding acceptable documentation to provide proof of citizenship and identity.

UTORid and Email

The next step is to activate your UTORid and create University-issued email account.  Visit and click the “activate your UTORid” link under the First Time Users menu. Additional information and instructions will be provided by the TCard office when your TCard is issued.

You will need to record your new UTORmail+ email address on ACORN (

The ‘Policy on Official Correspondence with Students’ states that official university correspondence will be sent only to the University-issued email account.  Students may have their University-issued electronic email account forwarded to another address, but remain responsible for ensuring that all messages sent to the official University-issued account are received and read.  It is important to inform the GDPHS of a change to your email and mailing address and update the information on ACORN.

Note: If you are unable to obtain your TCard and UTORid until September, you may activate your JOINid to gain early access to a number of U of T services.

U of T portal – Quercus

Students must activate their UTORid in order to access the services and course information hosted on the University’s Learning Management System, Quercus.  Login to Quercus at

Note: Quercus is the University of Toronto’s new teaching and learning environment, replacing Portal and Blackboard, as of September 1, 2018.


Students are expected to register, that is pay fees, prior to the commencement of their program and at the beginning of each subsequent academic year (in September) until all program requirements are completed.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are registered by the registration deadline.

The deadline to register for the Fall 2019 session is Friday, September 13th.  Logon to ACORN to review and print your invoice.  Fee payments are made at your financial institution.  Your payment should amount to at least the ‘Minimum Payment to Register’ as indicated on your invoice.  We recommend that you make your payment at least 10 days prior to the registration deadline to allow time for the payment to be received and processed by the university.

Students receiving major scholarships and/or OSAP may register without payment in ACORN (see Introducing ACORN).