What is the Student Learning Centre?
The Sheldon & Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre (SLC) is a place for the Ryerson community to study, collaborate, and invent.
An iconic structure in the heart of Toronto, it is the symbolic “front door” of campus. It shares a physical and virtual connection to the Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA). Together, these sister towers are a world-class learning destination for the Ryerson community.
What influences the operations of the SLC?
The building is guided by five principles:
- Respect the needs of the students.
- Maximize the use of the SLC in ways that support the first principle and promotes academic stakeholder activity.
- Leverage opportunities for student and Ryerson community engagement.
- Foster a dynamic environment.
- Enhance Ryerson University’s reputation.
What kinds of study spaces are there in the SLC?
- Individual study carrels
- Open-concept study space
- Collaborative & group work rooms
- Seminar rooms
- Casual seating
Is the SLC only for studying?
The Ryerson community is encouraged to use the SLC in ways that support the five principles. On top of studying, Ryerson community members can use the SLC for events through tabling opportunities, seminar rooms, and Amphitheatre bookings.
The SLC is also home to five academic stakeholders, the School of Performance, Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience (DME), DMZ Sandbox, the SEAL Team and Student Learning Support (SLS).
How do I get into the SLC?
The SLC is located at 341 Yonge Street, on the north-east corner of Yonge and Gould Streets. The SLC can be accessed during operating hours through the Gould Street doors or through the Library bridge.
Doors are locked after 7:00 p.m. on weeknights and all day on weekends. Students can access the SLC during these hours by unlocking the doors with their OneCard.
How do I get to the SLC by public transit?
If you’re traveling to the SLC by public transit, there are many stations close by:
TTC – The nearest subway stations are College or Dundas station
GO Transit – The nearest stop is Union Station. From there it is a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute subway ride to Dundas station.
Greyhound bus – The Bay Street bus station is a block west of campus.
Is the SLC accessible?
All SLC entrances are accessible. From Gould Street, there is a ramp at the southeast corner of the building (at O’Keefe Lane). During operating hours, an elevator is also available to bring guests from street level to the main entrance.
Alternatively, the Library’s accessible entrance on Victoria Lane (just north of Gould Street) is another way to get to the SLC. Cross over via the 2nd floor Bridge.
Can I get from the SLC to other buildings on campus without going outside?
We know that being able to stay inside during the winter months is a priority! The SLC is connected to the Library through the bridge on Floor 2. The library is then connected to the Podium (POD), Jorgensen Hall (JOR), Kerr Hall and the Rogers Communication Centre (RCC), bringing you across campus.
Who creates the art in the stairwells?
Currently, most of the art has been created by our very own talented student staff. The stairwell art initiative was developed to spread positive messages, and fill an otherwise blank space with something colourful and lively.
Want to have your art featured at the SLC? We will be accepting submissions year-round, giving all Ryerson community members a chance to make their mark in our stairwell! All Ryerson artists (students, staff, faculty, and alumni) can submit their work. Whether through text or art, we want to see what you have to say!
Selected artists will be invited to come in and recreate their submission with chalk in our stairwells. To submit your work, and get all the details, fill out this form here.
If you are interested in learning more about our current art, check out this article in Ryerson Folio.
Can I put up posters in the SLC?
Read our no postering policy here.
Can I film or take photos in the SLC?
Read our film/photography guidelines here.
Can I campaign in the SLC?
Read our campaigning guidelines here.
Is there wifi in the building?
The SLC has wifi available for all Ryerson students, faculty and staff. If you are not a Ryerson community member, you can connect to wifi if your home institution participates in eduroam. Before coming to the SLC, configure your wireless eduroam connection, then sign in using the credentials from your home institution.
Are there places to charge my laptop and phone?
Yes, every workstation has an outlet! There are also phone charging stations located in the main entrance of the SLC and on Floors 4 – 8 by the elevators. They can charge any type of device. Please remember to stay with your device at all times.
What kind of A/V is in the Collaborative & Group Work Rooms?
Each Collaborative & Group Work Room supports the connection of either a VGA or HDMI cable for playback on a wall mounted LCD.
Are there computer labs or printing stations in the SLC?
The SLC is BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop)! If you don’t have one with you, there is a Laptop Loan Program in the Library. There are also two printing stations available in the Library on floors 2 and 5.
I can’t study if I get hungry. Is there food nearby to keep me focused?
It’s important to make sure you’re getting enough food and water while you’re studying. So there are water bottle refill stations and water fountains at the entrance of the washrooms on each floor.
If you’re looking for food, the SLC has a couple of options for you:
- Starbucks on the first floor, across from the Amphitheatre.
- Basil Box on the ground floor. Access is from outside on Yonge Street only.
- If you brought food from home, there are microwaves in the Service Hub on the first floor of the Podium building.
If you need a snack, there are vending machines on most floors, each payable by OneCard. Drink vending machines also accept cash. Here’s the breakdown:
- Floor 2: snacks & stationery
- Floor 3: snacks & cold beverages
- Floor 4: snacks & cold beverages
- Floor 5: cold beverages & stationery
- Floor 6: snacks
- Floor 7: cold beverages & stationery
- Floor 8: snacks
How do I take a tour of the SLC?
Tours are available on weekdays at 12:00 p.m. Tours are free and run approximately 45 minutes in length. All tours begin at the SLC Welcome Desk where you will be met by your tour guide(s). To register for a tour, sign up here.
Is it possible to take a tour of one of the green roofs?
In order to access the green roofs in the SLC, you must have adequate training, supervision, and harnessing, which unfortunately cannot be offered to our visitors. For more information about the other green roofs on campus and Ryerson’s Urban Farm, click here.
How do I report a problem?
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To contact Campus Security, call 416-979-5040. If it’s an emergency, call 911.
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