Space

Work space

Shared student offices

All graduate students in the Department of Geography and Program in Planning are allocated shared office space in either Sidney Smith Hall or the Physical Geography Building. “Premium” office space (e.g., offices on the fifth floor of Sidney Smith Hall) are allocated based on seniority, and typically go to Ph.D. students who have already completed several years in their program.

An example of one of the shared offices in Sidney Smith Hall
An example of one of the shared offices in Sidney Smith Hall

As of summer 2014, the future of office space in the Physical Geography Building (PGB) is unclear. PGB offices are quieter and have windows, but the location of PGB is not as convenient for Planning students, who typically take their classes in Sidney Smith Hall. If you desire an office with dedicated desk space or a window, you may specifically request office space in PGB. The GGAPSS “Space Agency” will take your request into account when allocating office space.

Office space assignments are done at the beginning of each academic year, or whenever new office spaces become available for allocation. For new students, offices are pre-assigned by the GGAPSS “Space Agency” (not based on a lottery or a first-come, first-served basis). The details of the allocation process will be communicated by email, but if you miss picking up your key, you can always get it later in the Department’s main office. A deposit is required. All office space assignments are final.

Sidney Smith Hall building access

As of August 2014, Sidney Smith Hall is open during the following hours:

Monday to Thursday 7:00am to 10:00pm
Friday 7:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm

Access outside of these hours is possible with a key fob. Key fobs are obtained from the Department, and availability is not guaranteed. Contact your program administrator for more information.

Lockers

For those who only need a place to store a coat or bag, or if you require additional security for your belongings, GGAPSS also owns twenty half-size lockers. As of summer 2014, a locker use policy is under development.

Productivity spaces

Working areas in the Butter Room
Working areas in the Butter Room

GGAPSS can provide you with numerous places to get things done:

  • The suite of rooms and computer lab on the second floor of Sidney Smith Hall (your office key will open these doors)
  • The Butter Room (attached to the Taylor Room) – conference table and chairs, as well as individual desks
  • The Fifth Floor Graduate Student Lounge in Sidney Smith Hall – nice chairs/couches and windows
  • The computer lab in the Physical Geography Building
A place for informal meetings in the Butter Room
A place for informal meetings in the Butter Room
The GGAPSS conference room in Sidney Smith Hall
The GGAPSS conference room in Sidney Smith Hall

Social space

The Taylor and Butter Rooms contain comfortable chairs and sofas to help you relax. There is also a foosball table in the Taylor Room.

A place to relax in the Taylor Room
A place to relax in the Taylor Room
The Taylor Room kitchenette
The Taylor Room kitchenette

All students in the Department are welcome to use these spaces for studying, relaxation, socializing, eating, etc. at any time.

There is also a lounge and kitchen in the Physical Geography Building.

A relaxing corner of the Butter Room
A relaxing corner of the Butter Room
Our graduate student lounge in Sidney Smith Hall
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