Welcome to Toronto’s University neighbourhood!
University is a neighbourhood in Ward 11, located north of Kensington-Chinatown, between Palmerston Little Italy and Bay Street Corridor. The downtown neighbourhood is marked by Bloor Street West to the north, Queen’s Park Crescent to the east, College Street to the south and Bathurst Street to the West. University is the heart of academia in Toronto.
College Street tends to be less expensive than Bloor, and is home to more restaurants than boutique hotels, though fancy cafés are to be had at either end of the neighbourhood. High-end healthy fare and vegan options are as prevalent as beer halls and bars. There are many reasonably priced family-owned restaurants. Some neighbourhood favourites include (but are not limited to): Fran’s, Fresca Pizza, Nando’s, and Pig Out BBQ.
Those with active lifestyles are in luck, because this neighbourhood despite being in the downtown core, is an urban parkland. There are 4 parks and community recreation facilities within its boundaries PLUS it borders Queen Park.
Despite the focus on student-friendly accommodations, there is a mixture of families, young professionals and older couples in the area. Many professors also live in the area, close by in Harbord Village.