About Hart House

Hart House is a centre for experiential education outside the classroom at the University of Toronto.

Exterior of Hart House building.

Since it first opened its doors in 1919, Hart House has sought to function as a place where students—as well as faculty, staff, alumni and members of the broader community—find welcome and unique ways to connect with each other and the broader world through engagement with the arts, dialogue and wellness. Operating from a historic facility more than 200,000 square feet in size, as well as a 150-acre farm in Caledon, Ontario, Hart House offers a wide range of services to both students and community members through a social enterprise model that generates revenue to support its student-focused programming on all three of the University of Toronto’s campuses.

Open 365 days a year, our facilities include a range of impressive rooms for study, dining, recreation and socializing, a modern athletics and aquatics facility, a satellite farm location, the acclaimed Justina M. Barnicke Art Gallery, a dynamic theatre, complete wedding, meeting and event services as well as the top-rated Gallery Grill restaurant all housed within a stunning, neo-Gothic building.

Commissioned in 1911 by Vincent Massey, Hart House was completed in 1919 and gifted to the University of Toronto as a gathering place for students. Learn more about Hart House History.

Land Acknowledgement

We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates.

For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

David Kim, Warden of Hart House

David Kim was appointed Warden, Hart House on June 5, 2023. His contributions and involvement at the University of Toronto are extensive, and his history with the House goes back over 25 years. He has been an active participant of the Hart House Board of Stewards for several years, and has had a strong connection to the House from his time as a U of T student to the present day.  

David has been working at U of T since 2007. He began in the area of residence and student life, after having worked in science research and some time abroad in the field of education. Prior to his leadership role at Hart House, he was Dean of Residence & Director of Student Life for Spaces & Experiences. Here, he oversaw the admissions, student services and residence life operations for Chestnut Residence, Graduate House, Chelsea Residence and Knox College. In this capacity, he gained vital experience in facilities management, capital planning, managing ancillary budgets, training and development, student support and working with his teams in the planning and delivery of programming activities and events. An active member of several University committees and governance bodies, including the International Student Experience Advisory Committee and the Positive Space Committee, David is also a lecturer in OISE’s Master of Education program.

He holds a PhD in Higher Education from OISE.

2022-23 Hart House Year in Review

We are pleased to present the Year in Review for 2022-2023. We cannot capture all the activities, student and alumni successes, popular events, much loved programs and breathtaking facilities so, instead, we showcase the highlights and, in doing so, paint a vivid picture, a compelling snapshot, of our year. Indeed, this report taps into the many ways that U of T students benefitted from their engagement with the House over the course of the year.


2021-22 Hart House Year in Review

Welcome to the Hart House Year in Review for 2021-2022. After two years of a global pandemic, we were able to partially return to in-person gatherings during the year. We maximized every opportunity to be together again, though we remain committed to serving students and community with virtual offerings as well. We encourage you to have a look, then join us in-house or online to discover how Hart House is For You.


2020-21 Hart House Year in Review

Welcome to the Hart House Year in Review for 2020-2021. This review highlights just some of the ways that students, community members, alumni, faculty and staff have learned and explored together at Hart House. We encourage you to have a look, then join us to discover how Hart House is For You.


2019-20 Hart House Year in Review

This is the Hart House Year in Review for 2019–2020. Contained within, you will find a snapshot of all that the students of U of T (alongside community members, staff, faculty and alumni) have learned and accomplished together over this year at Hart House.


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