The College Senior's Essential Guide to Surviving First-Year: How to feel settled in a new city

This special series of the My Dorm Store Blog will cover everything freshmen need to know according to college seniors! They have seen it all and have lots of tips and tricks to share to make sure your first year is a good one. Today we'll be sharing a university senior's guide to preparing for school over the summer. 

Starting college involves more than starting at a new school; for many, it means getting settled in a completely new town/city. To find happiness and be successful, everyone needs to first find a sense of community. I found the best way to do this was by exploring my new neighbourhood and getting familiar with the local stores, parks, and sites. 

In Toronto, there is so much to do and see. There are endless parks, coffee shops, and restaurants. One of my favourite things to do is visit the Toronto Islands! Not only do the Islands have beautiful beaches and parks, but it is also the best spot to see the Toronto skyline.

I recommend catching the city ferry to Centre Island and walking over to Ward's Island. Some places to explore include Centreville, a small amusement park with over 30 rides located on Centre Island, the Centre Island Pier, the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, the William Meany Maze, and Algonquin Island! Check out the bike rentals at the Centre Island Pier for a fun way to explore everywhere. And if you don't want to pack a picnic, you can always get lunch at a cute cafe including The Island Cafe located on Ward's Island.

Have fun exploring this Toronto gem! See below for a look into my day exploring the Toronto Islands. 


@mydormstore Introducing our summer series for students new to Toronto! We are highlighting all the spots to explore, starting with the Toronto Islands! #mydormstore #toronto #students #universitylife #college ♬ Outskirts - Sam Hunt


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