Life on Campus / Summer 2016
Commuter U

Almost a third of Toronto university students spend two hours or more a day commuting, survey finds

Photo of new TTC streetcar crossing the intersection of Spadina Ave. and Harbord St.

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Sixty-three per cent of Toronto university students take public transit to school. Twenty-six per cent say they walk or cycle and 10 per cent drive.

Thirty-three per cent spend two hours or more daily travelling to and from campus. The average one-way commuting time for U of T students to the St. George campus was 36 minutes. By comparison, the average for York and Ryerson students was 46 minutes.

Ninety per cent who commute more than an hour each way say their commute discourages them from participating in off-campus activities; 68 per cent say it affects which courses they pick. This was true of fewer than 30 per cent of students who commute less than 20 minutes each way.

StudentMoveTO, a survey conducted last fall of how students at U of T and York, Ryerson and OCAD universities move around Toronto, yielded more than 15,000 responses. The results are still being analyzed, but they’re expected to yield insights that will help guide city and university decision-making on everything from transit planning to course scheduling.

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