Frequently Asked Questions

The UC Lit, also known as the University College Literary and Athletic Society, is the student council of University College. It is the oldest democratically elected student government in Canada -- it was even created before confederation! The UC Lit provides many services, organizes a variety of events, and represents almost 5000 University College students at UofT. We strive to represent and support our fellow UC students and help them make the most of their university experience.
The UC Lit aims to enrich the student experience of University College both academically and socially by hosting a wide range of events. Some examples are pancake brunches, career and academic support, art and poetry coffeehouses, and our annual formal event called Fireball! The UC Lit also provides students with a central hub for initiatives within equity, sustainability, and mental wellness. Above all else, the UC Lit endeavours to make UC a home for all students, both on residence and commuting.
There are two main election periods, one in the Fall and one in the Winter. In our Fall general election, students can run to be First Year Representatives. In our Winter general election, students can run for our Core Executive, Executive, Middle Year Representatives, and Upper Year Representatives. At any time between March and January, there may also be Special By-Elections as necessary. Any UC student in good academic standing is eligible to run in our elections. Check out our Elections page for more info!

Nope! We have so many other incredible and rewarding ways to get involved without the commitment of being an elected student representative.

For example, in the spring you can apply to be a Commissioner’s Deputy (think of it like a second-in-command position) where you work with an elected student representative throughout the year to plan events and initiatives of all kinds. You can check out our commissions here. You can also join a commission as a community member! This is a great low-commitment option where you can still contribute your ideas and talents.

You can also work with us! The UC Lit frequently posts job opportunities (both paid and unpaid) throughout the year. Some examples of hired positions are our Orientation Co-Chairs, our Web Coordinator, and our Secretary. To see if we're hiring, head to the Jobs and Employment page!

Finally, you can also get involved with our clubs and ancillaries! Think of ancillaries as branches of the UC Lit; they are run by other members of the UofT community but they are still connected to us. Some examples are our theatre troupe (the UC Follies) our official literary journal (the UC Review) our avant-garde satirical newspaper (the Gargoyle) and our dragon boat team (the UC Water Dragons). You can also join UC's Intramurals if you want to stay active during your studies!

There’s something for everyone! For more information, please check out our Get Involved page.