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!

Taste of The SLC

We are so excited to showcase the diverse talent, creativity, and enthusiasm of the Ryerson community at Taste of The SLC 2019.

Bring your appetite to the SLC on April 4th and 5th from 10 AM – 4 PM as bakers, chefs and decorators offer a selection of tasty treats!

See the full list of vendors and goods below:

Thursday, April 4th

  • Clarisse Aguila – I specialize in cupcakes, cakesicles, shortbread cookies, and small cakes
  • COCO XO, by Quest Atkinson – Chocolate Confections
  • Natalia Herrera – “Doritos in a bag” or “The explosive chips”. The idea is to offer either doritos or the regular tortilla chips with a variety of toppings, such as vegetables, salsas, guac, etc
  • Aisha, by Aisha Gill – Baked goods (cupcakes, cake pops etc.)
  • Anjie’s Sweet Corner, by Anjali Taheem – Baked Goods; cupcakes, cheesecake cups, cookies & puff pastries
  • Bespoke Bakes by Kate, by Emily and Katie Kuchta – Handmade baked goods and chocolate bonbons
  • Shanshan – Homemade chocolate chip cookies and macarons
  • Forget me Knots, by Annabelle Dot Carreiro – Small, home made, soft pretzels
  • 5 Bakers, by Tamara Urushadze – Eastern European Cookies called “Pryanik”
  • Katherine Noitsis – We will have Greek Koulouria (bread), Greek Koulourakia (Greek cookies), and Frappe which is Greek iced coffee
  • Feldos Pastry Shop, by Oreoluwa Adesola – Pastry snacks

Friday, April 5th:

  • True Leaf Microgreens, by Brooke Williams – Microgreens (Pea shoots, red radish sprouts, basil)
  • COCO XO, by Quest Atkinson – Chocolate Confections
  • Whole On Life,by Britany Kasjak – Energy Balls
  • Joly Biscotti, by Chris Joly – Homemade Biscotti
  • MWL Pastries, by Nicole Villamor – Baked goods ranging from cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, French Macarons, cakepops.
  • Mir’s Morsels, by Mirieta – Protein and energy bites
  • Blair Mignotte Smith – Sustainable packaged locally sourced Afro-Carribean cuisine
  • Sukoon Hirani – Indian Chatt
  • Fait à Maison – by Lili Tran – We are selling home cooked meals. Our menu includes, mac and cheese, broccoli cheddar soup and chicken cutlet sandwiches.
  • Goma’s Crew, by Lucy Liu – Bakery products. Cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and dumplings.
  • Ryerson Fencing – Crepe Menu: Cheese n’ Chicken, Ricotta Spinach Mushroom, Nutella, Banana/Strawberry, Basic- Nutella and/or Jam , Whip Cream opt.
  • Bakies, by Shelisa Ward – Baked Goods and catering services.