Hart House is Here and Open for You

Hart House is pleased to continue to offer students the essential services they need to enhance their university experience.

Welcome to Hart House

Hart House is a dynamic and inclusive centre for experiential education outside the classroom. Here, students from all three University of Toronto (U of T) campuses find welcoming and unique ways to connect with each other and the broader world through engagement with the arts, dialogue and wellness. Hart House offers something for everyone.

Effective September 6, the hours of operation are:

  • Monday to Friday: 7 am to 11 pm
  • Weekends: 9 am to 6 pm
  • Holidays: 11 am to 5 pm

Masks are no longer required to be worn in all indoor spaces of Hart House, including the Hart House Theatre, Hart House Fitness Centre, and the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House. Hart House strongly encourages the wearing of masks. Some community members may choose to continue to wear a mask. We ask everyone to respect others' decisions, comfort levels & health needs.

For up-to-date protocols on visiting U of T campuses, please see the Covid planning update on U of T website.
If you do not have a mask, one will be offered to you at the Information HUB or Fitness Information Desk. Please see U of T's latest statement on masks.

How to Get to Hart House

Hart House is located south of Hoskins Avenue, between Queen’s Park Crescent and Tower Road.

There will be no access to parking on Tower Road or Hart House Circle. For more information about parking on U of T campus, please visit the Parking Services website

There are two accessible entrances and exits at Hart House, one located at Tower Road and one on Hart House Circle, the southeast double doors at the Founder's Prayer. In addition to the two accessible entrances/exits, the south doors east of the Arbor Room entrance on Hart House Circle are also available for use. 

There is also an exit at North Lane, most convenient for the use of visitors to Hart House Fitness Centre or The Hair Place. 

Please see map below.

Visit our Study Spaces

We are here to support students in their academic work. Hart House provides resource spaces for students to study and work between labs/classes. Rooms are WiFi-enabled, allowing students to do online research for assignments or attend online classes.

Visit Hart House during operating hours and make use of the Library, Reading Room and Map Room. Members of our community are welcome to use these convenient spaces in Hart House.

The Hart House Fitness Centre

The Hart House Fitness Centre is always here for you, and is happy to serve your fitness and wellness needs.

Whether you’re new to strength training, a cardio master, or trying to make holistic wellness a daily practice, this is fitness done your way. A membership with the Hart House Fitness Centre gives you access to a 25-yard pool, indoor track, weight room, drop-in classes and membership enhancements like personal training, reformer Pilates and specialized registered programs! It’s everything you want with no hassles and no judgment. Just fitness that, … well…, fits you!

See our Current Offerings page for more details.

Connect with Hospitality Team for Event Planning

Our team of professional planners will work with you to customize your upcoming event to meet your unique needs. Contact the Hospitality team to make your plans.

Lunch service is back!

The Gallery Grill has built its reputation on delicious menus crafted with locally sourced ingredients, served with sophistication. In addition to our standard hours, the Gallery Grill is an unexpected, and unique choice for social and corporate events, celebrations, intimate weddings and group dining. Find out more and book your table for lunch Monday to Friday, 11:30 am to 2 pm.

Arbor Room

The menu includes dine in or take out options provided by Dana Hospitality, offering a selection of  breakfast and lunch options, freshly baked pastries, chef-created soups and chili, artisan sandwiches, salads and wraps.

Open weekdays from 8 am to 6 pm. The Arbor Room is closed on weekends. Vegetarian, kosher and halal choices are available.

Follow their social feed for updates.

Pianos are Meant to be Played

We are pleased to continue to welcome students back to Hart House to fill the halls with their music. Drop in to play a piano in one of four locations within the building. Student players of all levels of training and ability are encouraged to lose themselves and revel in the act of making music.

U of T students interested in playing the piano may access the Hart House pianos by following the steps below:

  • Visit the Information Hub to see if one of the four pianos is available.
  • Students will have access to the Bickersteth Room, East Common Room, Music Room, and the South Sitting Room.
  • Play uninterrupted for up to 60 minutes. Drop in piano playing will end one hour before the building's closing time.

We ask students to comply within these guidelines. Those failing to abide by the guidelines may be asked by staff to vacate the room and return the keys before their booked session is completed.

Please be sure to bring along your photo ID when coming to access a piano.

Virtual Hart House is Always Here for You

No matter where you are, Virtual Hart House has events, activities, classes, podcasts, videos and more for you to access anytime. Offerings are updated regularly.

Things can change, so always check here for updates. Follow our social feeds or inquire at the HUB.

Keeping Us All Safe

Here’s how we can work together so we can all stay safe and healthy.

Sanitization Procedures

  • Hart House cleans and sanitizes high touch surfaces (doorknobs, hand railings, desks, etc.) throughout the House multiple times a day.
  • Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the building. Please use them freely.
  • All visitors and staff members are reminded to practice proper handwashing procedures.
  • Personal equipment, such as phones and pens, should not be shared. Please bring your own.
  • Books in the Hart House Library should not be shared and cannot be taken out on loan.

Washrooms Available

  • An accessible washroom is located on the main floor outside the Great Hall.
  • Men's and women's washrooms are located on the second floor.
  • There are also men's and women's washrooms available in the basement.

Elevators and Water Fountains

  • Elevators are available to access registered activities. 
  • Bring your own water bottle as water fountains are available only for filling water bottles. 

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe.