The Sky

With big windows, natural light, and the soft buzz of conversation, the eighth floor is a great space for students to study and collaborate with others. Known as The Sky, this floor offers a great panoramic view of the city and lots of natural light. 

The Sky has both individual study space and a Collaborative Study Space where students can come to connect and work with their peers! 

There are lots of seating options and spaces at The Sky. They include individual study carrels, casual cafe-style seating, lounge chairs with attached desks, and Collaborative and Group Work Rooms (CGWRs) for students to use. 

“This is a relaxing environment for me because I don’t have to worry about making noise,” said Luke, a business management student. “You can just sit on the chairs and relax.” 

The Collaborative Study Space was named the Sarabjit S. Marwah Learning Exchange, as part of Ryerson’s Make Your Mark Campaign. Marwah is known for being the first member of a visible minority group to hold a senior position in corporate Canada! The CGWRs on this floor were names by his colleagues who donated money to Ryerson on his behalf. 

Since this floor is dedicated to collaborative study space, there are many CGWRs available here. Each room is equipped with a whiteboard, table and chairs, and an LCD screen to make learning easier for students. They can be booked out through the Ryerson University Library here

The architecture of the SLC shines brightly on this floor. If you look up at the ceiling, you’ll see the different sized lights on this floor that represent the clouds!

“This is the most open concept floor where I can have the best view of the city,” said Vivian, a hospitality and tourism management student. “With the theme of the sky, it really inspires me to create ideas.” 

The windows on the eighth floor have a unique frit pattern. It serves many purposes that make it so awesome! More than just a pretty pattern, it is a creative experience. The shapes of the frit pattern frame the city and display our beautiful Toronto views as little works of art. They also reflect solar glare, boost overall energy efficiency of the building, and mitigate bird strikes. 

A staple on Yonge Street, the SLC is known for its award-winning glass exterior, views of the city, and for providing Ryerson students with extra study space. The building was designed by globally renowned Norweigen architectural firm, Snøhetta and Ziedler Partnership Architect, an established Canadian corporation. 

Visiting The Sky is always a positive experience. This floor is packed with eager students ready to learn and laugh, and it’s radiant atmosphere makes it a welcoming space for all.

Next time you want to study with a view, come stop by this wonderful floor! 

Fun Facts:

  • Snacks and coffee machines are located here 
  • The Sky has a charging stations for students who need to charge their devices

The Forest

Ever need a silent place to get work done? If so, the seventh floor is the space for you! 

Known as The Forest, this floor is dedicated to providing students with the quiet study space they need, especially during exam periods. It is home to quiet and silent study spaces, a graduate study space, and bookable Collaborative and Group Work Rooms (CGWRs). 

Students can use the silent study space with zero noise tolerance on this floor when they need to work without distraction. There is also a quiet study space on this floor and CGWRs for quiet collaborative work.  

“I like to come to the seventh floor because it is very quiet and focused atmosphere,” said Aileen Falcones Guzman, a student in the history program. “It’s so different because as soon as you walk into the seventh floor, it’s quiet.”

The graduate study space can be accessed by a card programmed for graduate student access. This area is solely designated for graduate students! It has open study space, collaborative work space, access to the silent study space, and six CGWRs dedicated to grad students only.

There are many features on this floor that help make it the quiet study space that it is. The wall and ceiling carpet on this floor help control the noise and absorb some sound, and the tables and chairs are designed for individual quiet study to help reduce noise. 

On the seventh floor, it is the responsibility of every student to respect those around them and maintain a quiet, and focused environment. That’s why we did some renovations to this floor over the summer based on feedback from our students! 

The CGWRs on this floor have been insulated to improve sound absorption. This means that although the rooms are NOT soundproof, sound travel from room to room is reduced when doors are closed and soft voices are being used.

“The seventh floor is my favourite place because seeing other people quietly studying motivates me.

It’s a nice break between the other floors that’s great for focusing,” said Soonalika, a creative industries student. “If everyone follows the quiet floor rules, it’s a great atmosphere to study in.”

New whiteboards and AV tech equipment have been installed in each of the CGWRs. The newly installed whiteboards are easier to use, clean and maintain, and the new AV tech has been simplified to avoid breakage and confusion! 

Along the elevator wall, you will notice a new mural installation created by Student Graphic Designer, Soonalika and Creative and Communications Coordinator, Jaleesa that promotes seventh floor etiquette.

This floor is a place where students come to work in a quiet environment. We are dedicated to making the student learning experience world class, but we cannot do this alone! It is important that each student plays their part in helping maintain quiet by respecting their fellow peers.

The Beach

The sixth floor of the SLC is one of our most renowned floors! With its summer-like vibe, views of the city, and relaxed environment, this floor offers the largest casual study space for students in the building.

This floor is known as The Beach because of its bright colours and architecture. It can hold more than 200 people and is the perfect gathering space for Ryerson students to come hang out and work in.

This floor welcomes students to come socialize, de-stress, study, and more! It is a good place to meet with friends, eat lunch, and enjoy a nice escape from the busyness of the city. 

“I find that it’s very important for the general atmosphere of the university, to give students the opportunity to relax and have a good time,” said  Daniel Medetbayev, a computer engineering student. “This floor has a very comforting atmosphere.” 

There are many parts to this floor that work together to make it The Beach. The blonde wood floors are the sand, the blue carpet in the south-west corner is the water, and the circular lighting emulates the sun. Along with the bright furniture, this floor has the perfect summer feel! 

Ramps are integrated into the design of this floor to allow easy access to all levels for students and guests with accessibility needs. As a play on the beach concept, sound wave stickers have been placed on each of the ramps to help keep them free and easy to use for those who need them.

There are a lot of cool features that make this space awesome for students, including the furniture. This is the only floor in the SLC that has bean bags for students to curl up on and relax. There are reclining body chairs for laid back studying or catching up with a friend, and cushions to sit on as well.

“I think it’s very convenient,” said Erykah Kerr, a student in the child and youth care program.  “You have a chill space to be on your own, you don’t have to keep the noise down, and you’re comfortable here.  

This floor also has mobile whiteboards that students can use to collaborate and work without having to book out a Collaborative and Group Work Room.

Another useful SLC feature that comes in handy, especially on a sunny floor like The Beach are the blinds. They are programmed based on geolocation scheduling to match the position of the sun, so they rise and fall automatically based on the sun’s position. This helps create the perfect environment for students. 

Next time you need a break or a place to take a breather, make sure to find yourself a cozy spot at The Beach and unwind! 

Fun facts:

  • The bean bags are made from recycled boat sails 
  • There is a vending machine with snacks and a coffee machine located on this floor 
  • Ceiling rope lighting is circular in shape similar to the sun 

The Sun

Our floors have all been built with a specific purpose in mind and each cater to a variety of student needs. For instance, we have floors dedicated to silent study as well as casual seating and socialization.

Our floors have all been built with a specific purpose in mind and cater to a variety of student needs. For instance, we have floors dedicated to silent study as well as casual seating and socialization.

On the fifth floor, students can find the perfect balance! It is a place where there is not too much noise, but it isn’t entirely silent as well, making it a great learning space. 

“It’s a nice floor to chill and study on because it’s quiet, but you’re still able to speak with your friends at a moderate tone,” said Joe Heri, a business management student. 

Known as The Sun because of its red and orange hues, this floor is a great place to work alone or in groups in a cozy environment. The colours of this floor were intentionally picked to get people energized, and the windows of this floor overlook both campus and Yonge-Dundas Square! 

This warm and bright floor is where students come to study, casually sit, and relax! 

“What I like about the fifth floor is that its split into a study side and a chill side. Its balanced so you can do both,” said Mohamedarif Sharrif, an aerospace engineering student. 

From individual desks and chairs, lounge chairs with attached desks, and tables for group work, there are a lot of seating options! Students can also book out Collaborative Group Work Rooms (CGWRs) for group study as well. 

As a plus for students who want to relax, reclined body chairs are located on this floor. Though these seats seem perfect for napping, it’s best to stay awake. If you happen to drift off, SLC staff may check in to make sure you are okay. Sleeping in a public building can put you at risk of theft and harm. Help us keep you and your belongings safe by staying alert.

Need extra study space during exam season? The large Seminar Rooms on this floor are open for all students to use until midnight during the exam period. These rooms are also available to be booked for workshops and are equipped with a projector, a smart board, and a white board. 

The rooms can be booked by any Ryerson student, staff or faculty here ! Priority is given to collaborations with academic partners to deliver innovative services that strengthen students’ out-of-class learning experiences.

You can find out what’s happening in the Seminar rooms by browsing the screens above the SLC lobby elevators or at the touch screen kiosks in the Amphitheatre.

Room 512 of The Sun is home to the Masters of Digital Media. This is an intense 12-month professional program designed to teach graduates the skills and industry experience they need to excel in the digital media world. It is open to students who may plan to develop their own start-up, work in corporate, or those that want to expand their existing skill set!

At the SLC, we are dedicated to creating amazing learning spaces for students to study, work together, and relax in a positive environment. 

Whether you need a place to relax, get some serious work done, or want to meet friends in a calm environment, this is the floor for you!

Fun Facts:

  • Charging stations are located on this floor near the elevator
  • There are vending machines located near stairwell A for stationary and cold beverages
  • Red and orange are colours that are known to energize!

The Garden

Having trouble with a certain subject or concept? Do you want help without having to spend countless hours searching the internet? Looking for Academic Accommodation Support? Then, the fourth floor of the SLC is the place for you! 

Known as The Garden, this floor is home to Ryerson’s Student Learning Support (SLS). When you enter the fourth floor, you are immediately greeted by greenery and friendly faces. 

It is where students can easily access all the academic and learning services they may need! 

The majority of this floor is dedicated to the SLS. They offer a range of support programming designed to help students develop the skills necessary for academic success and participate fully in their academic programs. 

Services offered here include Individual Help, Group Sessions and Workshops, Guidance on academic accommodations, English Language Support, Math Tutoring, Writing Assistance, Supported Learning Groups, Test Bookings, and more. 

Students can drop by, book a session, or find out more here. 

The SLC opened its doors February 2015. Before the creation of this floor, current existing student support programs were scattered across multiple locations on campus. Now, with the SLS located on the fourth floor of the SLC, students can take advantage of as many programs as they need all from one location!

It is a one-stop shop for students to come and advance their learning experience. Whether you need a hand grasping that frustrating math concept, or are looking for tips on formatting an essay, the SLS is here to offer you support in an accepting and nurturing environment.

“I think it’s nice that when students don’t know what they need, that they can come here and someone will be able to help them,” said Meera Govindasamy, a writing programs developer and writing consultant at the SLS. 

Classrooms and instructional spaces are located in the centre of the floor and casual study space is open for students to use by the elevators. SLS staff offices are located on the perimeter of this floor so that students can easily ask for guidance and academic help from mentors, educators, and other professionals as well.

“The one-on-one help that you don’t get in large lectures and tutorials is available here, which a lot of students don’t know about, and it’s also free,” said Tori Krafczek, a professional communications student. 

The next time you are struggling with an assignment, feeling behind or over-whelmed, or just want someone to triple check that essay, head to the fourth floor and ask the reception desk how they can help!  We encourage all students to take advantage of this great resource. Come learn, improve academically, and leave with a positive experience. 

Fun Facts

  • One of the SLC’s three green roofs is also located on this floor and is visible from the casual open study space available to students!
  • “The Garden” was originally coined by the architects of this building who were inspired by its green interior and green roof
  • Vending machines with snacks and cold beverages are also located on this floor next to the stairwells for students to use. 

The Bluffs

Have a business idea, or want to gain digital media experience? With business experts available and 3D printers just waiting to bring your dreams to life, the third floor of the SLC is the place for you! 

Our third floor is known as The Bluffs, and is home to DMZ Sandbox and The Library’s Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab (Library DME), where students can come to experiment with digital media and turn their entrepreneurial ideas into a reality.  They are part of Ryerson’s goal to foster an environment in which students and staff are able to participate in and nurture creative and entrepreneurial innovation.

Extra study space can be found on this floor along large floor to ceiling windows that look out over the 2nd and 1st floors. This is a great space to take advantage of especially during exam season! 

All of these facilities are available to all Ryerson students, staff, and community members.

The DMZ Sandbox is a startup and talent incubator that focuses on accelerating tech startups in Canada. They can help turn your ideas into a competitive tech company by connecting you with customers, capital, experts and a community of entrepreneurs and influencers.

There is a cozy amphitheatre where they hold many entrepreneurial-related events and workshops that are open to all students. This is also a place where students can come to practice pitching their business ideas! 

“The Sandbox is a perfect place for [students] to come by, pitch their idea to our entrepreneurs, and our program leads, and enter some of our student programs to build that product into something,” said Safir Sodouri, Operations and Brand Ambassador at the DMZ. 

Inside, students can also climb the blue mountain for a comfy high altitude study spot!

“It’s an open space for students,” said Madison Henry, Events and Programming Ambassador. It gives students the opportunity to come somewhere not as formal where they can get work done and just hang out.” 

The DMZ hosts many student-oriented programs to kickstart ideas and innovation including the Startup Certified program! 

This is where Ted Rogers School of Management students are given the opportunity to go through a unique and intensive program from the DMZ’s Entrepreneurs In Residence and DMZ founders through a semester. In the end, they are matched with the city’s top tech startups in critical roles to gain real-life experience and enhance their skills. 

The DMZ is able to connect people and ideas to the 10 different learning zones like the Transmedia Zone and the Fashion Zone.

The Library’s Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab (Library DME) provides undergraduate experiential learning, digital literacy, and entrepreneurial resource support including: media creation, digital design, fabrication, and hands-on experience with emerging technologies such as 3D printing and Virtual Reality. 

For information about other Library resources, services and events visit Ryerson University Library

Fun Facts:

  • The extra study space on this floor is usually quiet and is perfect for when the SLC becomes packed during exam season
  • The mountain in DMZ Sandbox is soft! Just make sure you remove your shoes before you climb!

The Bridge

Here at Ryerson, a lot of our buildings are interconnected! This is why our second floor is known as The Bridge. It bridges our building to the rest of the university. 

This floor is where the SLC’s headquarters are located! Students and guests can come here to get help from the SLC staff. In the winter, the Welcome Desk relocates from the first floor to the second to continue providing guests with help, while keeping our student staff toasty. 

Next to the expansive staircase leading from the first floor to The Bridge, casual seating is available for students. This is a good place to come if the seating on the first floor is occupied or crowded. 

“The SLC is one of Ryerson’s buildings that gives the space for reading and studying,” said Mardy Heng, a business management student. “It’s a comfortable place to just sit and read.” 

The west entrance of the Ryerson University Library can be accessed from the second floor as well. Entering through the glass doors, the Library’s Research Help desk is on the immediate right, and computer stations on the left. 

From there, access is available to Jorgensen Hall, Kerr Hall, and the Rogers Communication Centre. 

On rainy and colder days, this indoor route around Ryerson makes it easier for students to reach their classes, move from building to building, and connect with services.

“When you have all the buildings connected, it’s super easy, especially in the winter so you don’t have to walk outside,” said Heng. 

Quick access to the Library makes it easy for Students studying in the SLC to be supported by the services it provides.

For information about Library services, resources, and events visit Ryerson University Library

For the Library’s latest news and highlights check:

Twitter: @ryersonlibrary
Instagram: @ryersonulibrary
Library campaign: ryerson.ca/your-library   

The Bridge is full of life, and it’s traffic never seems to cease. The connections throughout these central Ryerson buildings transform our campus into a community. 

Whether you need to get around, take a break, or find assistance, there is something on this floor for you

Some cool facts:

  • There is a OneCard PHIL Machine located on this floor, next to the elevators
  • There are vending machines located next to the elevators with snacks and stationary that can be bought with a Ryerson OneCard
  • Life hack: it’s easier to catch an elevator from this floor than it is from the first floor during peak hours

The Valley

The SLC is a space where studying and socializing intersect. Located at the corner of Yonge & Gould Streets, it is a staple of Ryerson’s campus and a busy hub for students!

Each floor has a personalized name. The first floor is known as The Valley! It is the gathering spot where all students and visitors can come together to meet up, grab a coffee, take a break, and get work done.

“Its a unique environment, just walking in,” said Noor Gangi, an aerospace engineering student at Ryerson University. “Just sitting here you see so many faces walking in.” 

The Valley embodies the purpose of the SLC, which is to connect students and visitors to Ryerson. It serves as a front door to the rest of campus!

Upon entering the floor, there is a welcome desk where our wonderful team is ready to assist and guide visitors. This newly designed welcome area by Ryerson interior design students focuses on prioritizing operational and student needs. 

With feedback and consultation from our student staff, the welcome desk has become more accessible, mobile, and storage friendly to make everyone’s SLC experience better!

The revolving doors located at the street entrance are also an important part of The Valley. They are integral to keeping the atmosphere of the first floor stable during extreme cold and warm weather conditions. They help maintain the elevators by reducing dust and air pressure from the outside. Be sure to use them! 

A key aspect of this floor is its Amphitheatre. The casual tiered seating of this space is often filled by students who are working or catching up with friends. The ceiling is tiled with black triangles of acoustical fabric that absorb sound and prevent echo for better audio as well. It serves as the perfect place for gatherings and events. 

This is where a lot of our key events like Shop the SLC and Taste of the SLC are held every year! 

This free space can be booked out by Ryerson students, staff, and alumni. It seats about 100 people, and includes microphones, screens, speakers, and chairs and tables. 

Have a neat idea for an event? Fill out a request form here four weeks in advance. 

“I think it’s important for students and people involved in student groups to have the space to showcase what their group is about but also reach out to students who may not know a lot about student groups or events, as well as to have all of our resources,” said Preethi Suresh, an urban and regional planning student, and SLC student staff. 

Starbucks is also located on this floor where students can grab a cup of coffee on-the-go or sit back and relax from 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30AM to 9:00 PM on Fridays, and from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Saturdays. 

The Valley houses one of our three green roofs. It is located along Yonge St., and wraps around to hug the seating of the amphitheatre. 

It is important for students to have a place like this to relax, meet with others, and casually sit and work! This is why a floor like The Valley is so vital to the Ryerson ecosystem. It provides the much needed space for students to get together for events, or hang out in the comfort of their own campus. It is a great space that brings students, staff, and visitors together! 

Additional cool facts: 

  • The Valley has digital signage detailing key events and announcements students may need to know about.
  • There are beacons located on the first and second floor where students can find information as an alternative to the welcome desk!
  • Touch screen information kiosks are located near the entrance to help guide visitors through the SLC, you can also find a complete schedule of events happening in the SLC.
  • Charging stations are installed near the elevators for smartphone devices that students are welcome to use!