SLC 101!

Want a recap of everything mentioned in our IG Live on @studentlife? Here it is! All the essentials you need to know about the SLC.

What is the SLC?

  • The SLC is the large glass building with the blue entrance, located at the corner of Yonge & Gould.
  • The SLC has 8 floors of unique study space where students can study independently, collaborate, and invent. 
  • The building has been designed with students in mind. Hundreds of students were consulted to understand study habits and their preferences for services and activities. 

A few of the things students identified as needs were:

  • The need for alternate types of spaces for study. 
    • The SLC offers that through differently themed floors, quiet work spaces, independent work spaces, collaborative group work rooms and collaborative tables, as well as casual seating throughout. There is a space for everyone!
  • The need for dedicated group study spaces. 
    • The SLC has 61 bookable group study spaces.
  • The need for natural light. 
    • With floor to ceiling glass windows covered in a surface treatment known as a frit pattern that creates variation between direct sun and diffused light,  you will be able to find space that’s just right for you. Even gloomy days feel a bit brighter at the SLC.


What is a CGWR?

  • CGWR stands for Collaborative Group Work Room. They are bookable rooms designed for group work. Each room has a whiteboard, dry erase markers, a monitor, a table, and chairs. Currently CGWRs can be used at 50% capacity.

How do I book a CGWR?

  • CGWRs are booked through our online platform, Skedda. You can find more information about booking as well as the link to our platform on our website under the booking tab. Our website is you can also find the link to our booking page in our linktree on Instagram @ryersonslc
  • CGWRs can be booked for a maximum of 40 hours per week per student and for up to 5 consecutive hours. 

Do I have to book a CGWR to use one?

  • If you see an empty CGWR you are welcome to use it, however if a student arrives who has booked the space you will need to pack up and make the space available for them.

What’s the 30 minute rule?

  • If a student is more than 30 minutes late to their CGWR booking their reservation is forfeit and they can not claim the room if it is being used. This helps reduce the number of rooms that get booked and then don’t get used. We expect students to respect this rule and negotiate room use amongst themselves. However, if you experience a dispute regarding a CGWR please contact one of our staff members at the 1st floor welcome desk or our headquarters on the 5th floor and we will be happy to help. 

SLC Access

How do I get into the SLC?

  • The SLCs entrance is located at Yonge and Gould. Check in desks are just inside the entrance on the first floor. We will ask for your OneCard to tap for contact tracing, as well as your RyersonSafe proof of vaccination. If requirements change we will provide updates on our website as well as on our Instagram @ryersonslc
  • Masks must be worn in the SLC at all times. 

When is the SLC open?

  • The SLC is open Monday – Friday: 8AM-11PM with last entry at 10PM and Saturday – Sunday: 12:00PM – 8PM with last entry at 7PM. Closure reminders and hours changes are announced on our Instagram!


Can I eat while I’m at the SLC?

  • The SLC team recognizes that food and hydration are essential for study! You can absolutely eat and drink while in the SLC. We do ask that you keep your mask on unless actively eating or drinking – having food or a drink open next to you is not an exception from wearing a mask. 
  • If you bring a water bottle, the SLC has water refill stations located near the bathrooms on all floors.


Is there anything other than study space in the SLC?

  • The SLC is home to some great services!
    • The 4th floor houses the SLLS, Student Life and Learning Support where students can inquire about and receive specialized tutoring, workshops, and study support! Check out their Instagram account @ryersonslls
    • On the 3rd floor you will find the Ryerson University Library’s Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience, also known as the DME. The DME aims to provide students with the tools they need to explore, create, and innovate. Students can attend workshops, guest lectures, and tutorials to enhance their digital educational experience. For more information check out the Ryerson Library’s Instagram @ryersonulibrary 
    • And our yummiest service lives on the 1st floor… Starbucks is located on our first floor, their hours starting on Feb 28th are: Monday -Thursday 8AM – 6 PM and Friday 8AM – 5PM, their current hours end at 4PM.

So come grab a coffee, book a room or pull up a sunny seat on one of 8 floors to study, watch an online lecture, or just enjoy the views between classes! To keep up to date with all things SLC follow our Instagram @ryersonslc – see you soon!

SLC Reopening January 2022

The SLC will be opening January 17th, 2022.

Monday – Friday: 8AM-11PM
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

To enter the SLC you will need to show your RyersonSafe App health screening results and vaccination status. You no longer need to book a desk before arrival. Desks will be first come first serve. CGWRs will continue to be bookable spaces at half capacity.

You can stay up to date on the SLC’s Instagram @ryersonslc where we will be providing new information as we have it!

If you have any questions please email and a staff member will be in touch with you.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to navigate this complex time.

Winter Semester 2022

The SLC will remain closed at minimum until January 17th, 2022. In this time we will be assessing operations guidelines and our ability to open in a way that supports our community’s health and safety.

You can stay up to date on the SLC’s Instagram @ryersonslc where we will be providing information as we have it!

If you have any questions please email and a staff member will be in touch with you.

The SLC is Hiring for Winter

The SLC is looking for SLC Specialists!

Are you interested in working on campus for a team dedicated to creating a world class experience for students? The SLC staff is made up of enthusiastic team players committed to their own personal growth and the success of the team! Come join us. 

Contract starts January 14, 2022 and ends April 30, 2022.

The SLC Specialists are key members of Ryerson’s Student Learning Centre’s (SLC) frontline team known as the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) Team. The SEAL Team is a dedicated group committed to making the SLC a world-class learning destination. We collaborate with various stakeholders to foster student engagement and pride of place, ensuring the SLC is a physical manifestation of Ryerson’s spirit. 

Reporting to the SLC Assistants, Specialists enhance Ryerson’s reputation by providing excellent customer service, assisting in the daily operations of the SLC, and embodying the SLC Principles. We pride ourselves in ensuring students are integrated into the core of operations as this demonstrates the importance Ryerson places on student-centred ideas and decisions. 

This position is an exciting opportunity to:

  • Gain experience working as part of a supportive team focused on professional development
  • Gain experience in problem solving by participating in staff hackathons, providing feedback, and supporting events and students with on the floor decision making
  • Enhance skills in data organization using technology and traditional means
  • Learn to communicate effectively using an interoffice messaging app, radios, and email
  • Gain experience providing world class customer service
  • Enhance presentation skills with opportunities to guide tours

Find the full job posting and details on how to apply HERE.
Deadline: November 2, 2021 4:30 PM EST

Or, log into the Ryerson Career Boost site and search under “Other On-Campus Job Opportunities” for the SLC Specialist posting. This position is NOT a Career Boost position.

Interview spots are filling fast!

Please note that while we appreciate your interest, only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

We will adhere to university and provincial government’s directives on social distancing measures. Interviews will be conducted in-person. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Fall 21-22

The SLC will reopen on Tuesday September 7, 2021!

Students must make a reservation, and have the Ryerson Safe App downloaded before arriving at the SLC. A link to our booking platform will be provided on our Instagram @ryersonslc as well as on our website under the ‘Booking‘ tab on September 3rd at 5PM.

SLC building hours will be Monday to Friday from 8AM to 11PM. Last entry at 10 PM.

This semester the SLC will only be open to currently enrolled Ryerson students. The SLC is operating at a reduced capacity and we are prioritizing our students. 

The SLC will remain closed to walk-ins and guests at this time.

Everyone entering the SLC will need:

Upon arrival, students must have:

Upon arrival, students must check in at one of our check in desks located on the first floor before proceeding to their booked space.

During your visit to the SLC, masks will be mandatory throughout the building and while at your desk or in a CGWR.

Read more about:
Ryerson’s Mask Policy
Physical Distancing on Campus
Ryerson Safe App Health Screening
COVID-19 Vaccination policy

If you have any accessibility concerns regarding our booking system or navigating the SLC at this time please email us as

SLC Booking System

Our booking system allows us to keep track of who is in the building, when they are in the building, and where they are located. This information is crucial for contact tracing as well as informing our cleaning staff on the highest priority touch points to clean throughout the day. Booking a space also allows us to regulate the amount of students booking at once, which helps keep traffic down and provide a safe space for everyone.

Reservations will be made online. You can find a link to our booking platform under the ‘Booking’ tab. Reservations must be made with your Ryerson University log-in. 

The easiest view to use is the Maps view. You can look through floors 3, 5, 7, and 8 for available desks and CGWRs. Available desks and CGWRs will be marked with a green plus sign. Desks that are unavailable for booking will be grey.

You can reserve up to 25 hours of space per week and up to 5 days in advance.  

Reservations must be made before arriving at the SLC. 

Checking in

When you arrive at the SLC you must have:

Students arriving at the SLC for an AAS or CSDC appointment must provide the appointment time and room.

When you arrive at the SLC the far left two doors will be marked with entrance signs. There may be a line and we ask that you line up 2 meters apart. If there is not a line, you will need to tap your OneCard to enter the building.

If you need to use the accessibility door, you will enter using the far right accessibility door by tapping your OneCard. To help create an efficient and smooth check-in experience for everyone, we ask that only those who need the accessibility door use this door.

Multiple check-in desks will be located on the first floor. Each student must check in showing their OneCard, or provide their AAS or the CSDC time and room number before accessing the rest of the building. Follow instructions from the signs, floor decals, and staff members when arriving. 

If you have any accessibility concerns or questions regarding the  entrance, the check-in process, our booking system, or finding your desk, please contact us at

Temperatures will not be taken at the SLC. You will be asked to self assess via the Ryerson Safe App whether you are experiencing any potential symptoms, as well as if you have had contact with anyone who has tested positive or traveled outside of Canada in the last two weeks. You will be expected to answer honestly and to the best of your ability.

All guests must stay 2 meters apart at all times and keep elevator use to two people per elevator. We are asking that all students maintain physical distancing within the SLC. If you are conversing with another student we ask that you keep your mask on and keep the recommended 2 meter distance between you.

Mandatory Masks

You will be expected to wear a mask while inside the SLC. This is the best way to keep our community safe.  An individual may temporarily and briefly remove a mask or face covering when necessary to eat or hydrate. We ask that your mask stay on whenever possible. If you don’t have a mask we will provide you with one. 

This is in alignment with Ryerson’s Mask Policy and the City of Toronto Bylaw.

Please help us keep the SLC a safe place for students by respecting these guidelines.

Floor access

The first floor of the SLC will be primarily devoted to checking students in, providing distanced lines for elevator waiting, and be home to our Welcome Desk. We will not be providing bookable space on the first floor. The first floor Starbucks Starbucks will reopen on September 7th. Starbucks hours are Monday to Thursday 9 AM to 7 PM, Friday 9 AM to 6 PM.

The second floor doors to the Ryerson University Library will be closed. Access to the Library will be through Victoria Laneway. The Library will be operating separately from the SLC.

All on-site services will be by appointment-only. You can keep up-to-date with the library on their Instagram @ryersonulibrary.

All students requiring access to the Ryerson University Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab (DME) located on the 3rd floor must enter through the Library’s 2nd floor entrance only. Students arriving at the SLC entrance for DME access will be redirected to the Library’s 2nd floor entrance for contact tracing. From there, DME staff will come to the entrance and escort you to the DME. Students wishing to visit the DME must book a time in advance with the Ryerson University Library. To exit, students will be escorted to the library exit by DME staff. 

Student Life & Learning Support will continue to operate online. You can contact the SLLS front desk at and stay up to date by following their instagram @ryersonslls.

The 4th floor will not be available for students to study on.

The 6th floor will not be included in booking options, however students are able to move to the sixth floor for a change of scenery, to take a phone call, speak with a louder voice, or stretch their legs. We expect students to maintain physical distancing and continue wearing their mask while on this floor.

The 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th floors will have bookable desks and tables, spaced 2 meters apart. 

Collaborative and Group Work Rooms (CGWRs) will also be available to book using our booking system. CGWR reservations must be made by one individual on behalf of the group. When booking, there will be an information field asking for up to 1 additional name (for 4 person CGWRs) or 3 additional names (for 8 person CGWRs). This indicates the number of people authorized to also study in the CGWR during the time it is reserved. 

Building Operations

All bathrooms in the building will be open for use. They have been approved at a capacity of 1 person per washroom. We ask that you respect this capacity limit and wait if a washroom is in use.

Charging stations and vending machines will be available for use. We recommend washing or sanitizing your hands after use of any common touchpoint.

A mask can be removed for brief periods of time to eat or hydrate, but must be placed back on directly after. We recognize that snacks and hydration are key components to your health.

Students can also leave and re-enter the building within their reservation timeblock. You will, however, need to check back in at the check-in desk on your way into the building.

Water bottle refill stations will be open to use for students who bring reusable water bottles. 

If you have any questions, or concerns we welcome you to contact us at or visit our headquarters on the 5th floor in room 516.

Important message from Ryerson Health and Wellness: We all know this year is going to be different. Connect with peers and help each other navigate this new environment with @trimentoring peer and group mentoring – head to to get matched!

Black History Month

It’s Black History Month! 

This week features Black Canadians to know and learn about. 

From civil rights activists to trailblazers in their respective professions, Black Canadians have had significant impacts on our society and culture. Keep scrolling to read more about them! 

Viola Desmond

Civil Rights Activist 

Viola Desmond was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was an African-Canadian who ran her own beauty parlor and college in Halifax. On November 8, 1946, she decided to go to the movies in New Glasgow. She refused to sit in the balcony, which was segregated exclusively for Black people. Instead, she sat on the floor, which was Whites only. She was forcibly removed and arrested. She was found guilty of not paying a one-cent tax difference on the balcony ticket and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and paid a $26 fine. Desmond took her case to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, where the ruling was upheld. 

Ginella Massa

First hijab wearing television journalist in North America

Ginella Massa is a Canadian television journalist. She was the first hijab-wearing television reporter in North America in 2015 and became the first news anchor in a hijab in 2016. She made history again by being the first hijabi to host a primetime current affairs talk show in North America. The show, called Canada Tonight, premiered on CBC in January.

Willie Eldon O’Ree

First Black hockey player in the National Hockey League

Willie O’Ree was the first Black hockey player in the NHL. He played his first game on January 19, 1958 for the Boston Bruins. Today, O’Ree is the director of the NHL’s diversity program. He travels across North America promoting and teaching hockey to kids from diverse cultural backgrounds. In 2008, his hometown of Fredericton, New Brunswick, naed its new hockey area Willie O’Ree Place, in his honour. 

Annamie Paul

First Black and Jewish woman to be named a leader of a federal political party

Annamie Paul is the current leader of the Green Party. She is the first ever Black and Jewish person to be named leader of a federal political party. She is a lawyer who has focused a large part of her life on international affairs. She has worked as Director for a leading NGO in Brussels, as an Advisor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and a Political Officer in Canada’s Mission to the European Union. 

Clotilda Yakimchuk

A trailblazing nurse and community organizer 

Coltilda Adesa Yakimchuk, C.M. Was born and raised in Nova Scotia. In 1954, she became the first Black graduate of the Nova Scotia Hospital School of Nursing. She spent 50 years in the nursing profession and served as President of the Registered Nurses’s Association of Nova Scotia. She is the organization’s only elected Black president in 100 years of the organization’s history to date. She was also the founding member of the Black Community Development Organization to provide affordable housing in low-income communities and improved living facilities for seniors. 

Oscar Peterson

Award-winning jazz pianist, composer, and educator

Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, CC, CQ, OOnt, is a jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He is one of Canada’s most honoured musicians and is widely regarded as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time. He was known for his speed and dexterity, meticulous technique, and unique swinging style. He is a jazz educator and advocate for racial equality. He has won eight Grammys and a Juno award, including a lifetime achievement award.  He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the International Jazz Hall of Fame. 

Lockdown Update!

Our commitment at the SLC is to meet the needs of the students. Your health is our top priority.

With the announcement of Toronto moving into lockdown as of Monday, November 23, communal student study spaces, including those in the SLC, will be restricted for a minimum of 28 days to help halt or interrupt the transmission of COVID-19. 

The SLC will be closed effective Sunday, November 22, 11:59PM (EST) and for the duration of the lockdown will only be available to those in extenuating circumstances who can attest to the essential need to study on campus.

Should you have exceptional and essential needs, please email and a staff member will be in touch with you about options for on-campus study space at the SLC. 

We understand that for some of you the SLC provides reliable internet, your only access to a workspace or work surface, a quiet place to focus, and a safe environment — and we recognize the importance of those needs. Do not feel obligated to divulge sensitive information as to why the SLC is essential for your academic success. 
Any students who are permitted to be on campus will be required to review and sign an updated consent waiver.

You can stay up to date on the SLC’s Instagram @ryersonslc.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to navigate this complex time.

Shop the SLC is back!

The Shop the SLC Marketplace will take place online this year! From Monday, November 23 to Saturday, November 28, we will be featuring different vendors on our Instagram. 

We want to support both established and budding businesses within the Ryerson community by boosting traffic to vendors. Stay tuned for a full list of vendors and make sure to check out our Instagram throughout the next week. 

Shop local this holiday season!

SLC Student Engagement and Leadership Award

The SLC Student Engagement and Leadership Award is now accepting applications! This award annually recognizes two students with $1000 each (one undergraduate and one graduate) who have showcased high levels of student engagement and leadership across Ryerson University while maintaining academic excellence. 

Apply here.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, October 31, 2020.


The SLC SEAL Award recognizes students who have showcased high levels of student engagement and leadership across Ryerson University while maintaining academic excellence.


“The SLC SEAL Team is a dedicated group committed to making the SLC a world-class destination. Working together and collaborating with various stakeholders, they foster student engagement and pride of place ensuring the SLC is a physical manifestation of Ryerson’s spirit.”

—SEAL Team Mission Statement

The SLC Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) Team emerged from what was always envisioned for the SLC—a place responsible for driving student participation and enhancing the Ryerson experience. As such, the SEAL Team focuses on taking an innovative approach to ensure students are connected to resources and programming while fostering a culture of engagement and collaboration. As a result, Ryerson students demonstrate strong pride of place and are primed to create exceptional experiences. The SLC SEAL Team applauds students who embody these values. With this award, the SLC SEAL Team will recognize two students annually who personify these ideals and contribute to enhancing Ryerson’s overall reputation. 


$1,000. Two annual awards; to be given to one undergraduate student, and one graduate student.


To be eligible for this award the student must:

  • Be registered as a full-time undergraduate student or graduate student at Ryerson University in clear academic standing
  • Recipients from past years are eligible to apply, with no limitation on the number of years any one student can receive, providing their application includes new and relevant examples since the last awarding.
  • Current SEAL Team members are not eligible to apply if they are selected to be a member of the Award Selection Committee.

Selection criteria

A student must submit:

  • A cover letter (approximately 500 words) outlining how they have exemplified student engagement and leadership at Ryerson University. The selection committee will be looking for examples of how their actions have directly contributed to, and enhanced the Ryerson community, student experience, and Ryerson’s reputation. The recipients will have demonstrated how they have brought about change with genuine impact by way of their great ideas taking shape.
  • Peer reference letter (approximately 500 words) outlining the applicant’s impact on creating an excellent student experience. Providing first-hand / personal experiences as to how the peer was positively impacted.

The application and additional information can be found here. The deadline to apply is Thursday, October 31, 2020.

Booking A Desk

The SLC is open starting September 8th in a reduced capacity. We are focused on accommodating individual students whose home is not a suitable environment for academic study, who need a quiet, distraction-free space with reliable internet to attend online classes or to study. 

If you are able to study from home, that is the best and first option.

In order to visit the SLC, students must book a reservation through our internal booking system or have an appointment booked through Academic Accommodation Support (AAS), the Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC), or the Ryerson University Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab (DME).

Throughout the Student Learning Centre, we have always been proud to provide hundreds of individual study carrels for students to use as a space to learn and focus. This year is going to look a little different than most years and we recognize that home is not always a suitable place for students to do their best work. Reopening with COVID-19 has meant we have had to implement many changes in the SLC.  The biggest being our reservation system!

Our booking system allows us to keep track of who is in the building, when they are in the building, and where they were located. This information is crucial for contact tracing as well as informing our cleaning staff on the highest priority touch points to clean throughout the day. Booking a space also allows us to regulate the amount of students booking at once, which helps keep traffic down — this keeps everyone safe!

You can book a desk up to 5 days in advance. The longest single sessions available in a day are 5 hours (from 8AM-1PM) and 6 hrs (from 2PM-8PM) as the SLC will be closed for cleaning each day from 1PM-2PM. You will be able to book a max of 15 hours per week, you may divide those hours within the week in a way that works best for you — there is no daily limit.

Collaborative Group Work Rooms (CGWRs) are currently offline. 

When booking a reservation we ask that you arrive at the SLC with your OneCard, your emailed reservation confirmation, and a willingness to follow guidelines and keep the Ryerson community a safe place for everyone.

When using our booking system there are several different views to book from, we recommend using the ‘Map’ view. There is a time slider that allows you to set when you want to book and check the availability on the selected floor. Desks will be marked as available by little green plus signs. Each desk has been given a unique ID number. This number will help you find the correct desk!

A study desk is identified by three pieces of information in its name:

  • A number indicating the floor where the study spot is located (3, 5, 7 or 8)
  • The letter denoting the type of study location (C=Carrel, T=Table, G=Grad Space)
  • Up to three digits indicating the study location’s individual number

So for example, study location 7C012 refers to study carrel 12 located on the 7th floor of the SLC.

If you have any accessibility questions or concerns regarding our booking system or locating your assigned desk, please contact us at

For more information on what to expect when arriving at the SLC check out our last blog ‘The SLC is Reopening! Here’s what you need to know!’