North of University neighbourhood is Bloor Street West, and to the south is College Street. To the east side runs Queen’s Park Crescent West, while Bathurst Street passes along the western edge.
The University neighbourhood has a smaller area with one of the lowest populations, and has a very high number of working age people (47%), families with youth (22%), and seniors (15%), compared to Toronto averages. It has low number of families with children and pre-retirement people. The top non-official languages in the University neighbourhood are Chinese and Portuguese, while the top ethnic origins are English, Chinese, Irish, and Scottish. Residents have a median after-tax household income of $45,538 compared to Toronto’s $52,149. The University neighbourhood has one of the highest crime rates in the Greater Toronto Area – around 380 crimes per 10,000 people per year.
University has a very high number of low-rise apartments (44%), row houses (9%), and duplexes (6%), and a low number of single-family homes and high-rise apartments. It has high home prices compared to similar neighbourhoods in the GTA, averaging around $773,920. The neighbourhood is extremely transit-friendly with lot of public transport options; it’s also home to a very large number of local businesses. This area has one of the lowest amounts of green space and trees in Toronto.
There are a number of malls nearby to enjoy a weekend shopping trip: Hazelton Lanes, Toronto Eaton Centre, and Dufferin Mall. Metro is the nearest grocery store, with Walmart located on Dufferin Street. Neighbourhood parks afford a relaxing place to curl up under a tree, including Huron-Washington Parkette, Margaret Fairley Park, Matt Cohen Park, Robert Street Playground, Sally Bird Park, and Brunswick – College Parkette. Also located near the area are Toronto Western Hospital (on Bathurst Street), Spadina Road Library, Toronto Reference Library, and Scadding Court Community Centre (near Alexandra Park).
There are a number of ways to get to the University neighbourhood. You can take the Gardiner Expressway or Don Valley Parkway. Accessing the area by TTC is equally as easy: take the subway to Museum or Queen’s Park stations, within the neighbourhood, or nearby stations Bay, St. George, Spadina, or Bathurst stations. GO Union is the nearest GO station.
Landmarks in University Toronto
Neighbourhood major landmarks include University of Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, Museum Station, and Queen's Park Station.
Schools and Childcare in University Toronto
The three neighbourhood elementary schools are King Edward Junior and Senior Public School, Lord Lansdowne Junior and Senior Public School, and Da Vinci School; while the only secondary school is Central Technical School. Children can attend one of the neighbourhood childcare centres, such as Campus Community Co-op Day Care Centre Inc., Annex Montessori Inc., Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre Nursery School, Kodomoen Childcare Centre, Huron Playschool Co-operative, University of Toronto Early Learning Centre, and St. Stephen's – King Edward Day Care.