Predictably, the University area of Toronto centres around the University of Toronto campus and many of its residents are either students or faculty. The neighbourhood has greatly benefitted from this shared community over the years and has a historic and welcoming feel. This area is often referred to as the South Annex and is a great place for people who want to live in the heart of the city, steps from College Street, the restaurants on Harbord and of course, the University of Toronto campus. The campus crowd mixes with the young urban professionals, some of them former students who chose to stay in the area, and although historic, this area never feels stuck in the past but has a vitality all its own.
Most homes in this area were built before the period between 1870 to 1910, indeed very few of the buildings are younger than 60 years old. They do come in a variety of shapes and sizes and most have their own unique Victorian accents that all make up a part of the aesthetically comforting and warm street-scape of the area. The homes in this area are predominantly on smaller lots and can vary in size and state of upkeep. Many people have taken to buying large but run-down student rentals and sprucing them up as there are specimens to be found all over the neighbourhood. Truly, this is the area for touches like cast-iron street lamps and large ancient trees and one can find anything from tall and narrow semi-detached homes with tiny yards to million-dollar historic brick homes.
The University of Toronto Athletic Centres has an Olympic-sized pool, squash, tennis and badminton courts, a fully-functional fitness gym and a 200-metre indoor tracks. While nearby Queen's Park is also the site of Ontario's legislative assembly, it is also a quiet place to have a walk in the park and sits central in the downtown area. Varsity Blues Arena is home to the U of T's football team and for their 130th anniversary they erected and new state-of-the-art stadium on the site of the old one. The tickets are affordable and are a great day-out that goes well with a nice stroll through the historic and green University campus in the heart of the city of Toronto.
This area's main school is the well-respected University Of Toronto from which the neighbourhood gets its name and much of its culture. Founded by Royal Charter, the University opened its doors in 1827 as King's College. It was under control of the Church of England at first and assumed the present name in 1850 after becoming a secular school. It is composed of twelve smaller colleges. In addition to U of T, there is Central Technical High School, and many elementary schools including junior schools Clinton Street and Montrose School. It does not take long after walking the tree-lined and peaceful streets to discover that the University neighbourhood of Toronto holds a respect for the traditions while maintaining a buzz of today's city-life