First Year Orientation

Welcome to the UofT Physics Student Union's orientation for incoming first year students!

From September 6, 2022 to September 9, 2022, we will be hosting a plethora of social and academic events tailored to get you familiar with campus and university life.

Due to capacity limitations, signup is required for all events except the Liquid Nitrogen Ice-Cream event and the Landau Blitz Chess Tournament.

Reservations are made on a first come, first serve basis.

Sign up here:

If you have any questions, feel free to dm us on instagram at @physu or message any of the execs on our discord server (invite link on our website -

Make sure to stay tuned for any updates or location changes!

List of Events:

Welcome Keynote (Tuesday, Sep. 6 10:00-11:00 | MP102)

We will begin our orientation with a welcome speech from the executives of the Physics Student Union (PhySU), who will tell you about the opportunities we provide throughout the year, how you can get involved and give more details on the orientation itself.

MP Tour (Tuesday, Sep. 6 15:00 - 17:00 | Meet outside St George entrance of MP)

McLennan Physical Laboratories has been the Physics Department’s home for over 50 years. The building is filled with history, secrets and of course laboratories and physics experiments. Join us, on a journey to uncover some of the building’s hidden corners, see your study environment for the next few years and of course visit labs and meet some of your future profs.

Board Game Night (Tuesday, Sep 6 17:00 - 21:00 | MP217)

Come out to the Physics Lounge to relax, chat with upper years, meet your peers and play some board games.

Campus Tour (Wednesday, Sep. 7 13:00 - 15:00 and Thursday, Sep. 8 13:00 - 15:00 | Meet in MP lobby)

Feel lost in UofT’s grand amassment of buildings? Don’t know where your classes are, or where to eat in between lectures or where all the best study spots are? Want to find out the name of that pretty building you passed the other day?

PhySU’s campus tour is just the thing for you! We will walk by all buildings with first year math & physics courses, tell you a little about campus’ history and share some of our personal tips on university life.

Trivia Night (Wednesday, Sep. 7 16:30 - 18:00 | MP102)

Come to MP 102, for an evening of fun facts, hot chocolate and puzzles. Show off your knowledge from 3 am youtube binges, learn new things and compete in a flurry to become PhySU’s kahoot champion.

Landau Blitz Chess Tournament (Thursday Sep. 8 17:00 - 19:00 |

Welcome to the Landau Blitz, a 1.5 hour blitz chess tournament (time control 5 minutes +3 second increment) held over on our lichess club (see poster on instagram)!

Join our lichess club to participate:

Club Name: UofT PhySU

Passcode: physu

Liquid Nitrogen Ice-Cream (Friday, Sep. 9 14:00 - 16:30 | Outside MP)

We put the scream in ice cream because we are so excited to bring back a pre-covid PhySU tradition of a liquid nitrogen ice cream sale! Low prices guaranteed!