About Our Building

The Department of Physical Therapy is located at 500 University Avenue within the Rehabilitation Science Building.  The Rehabilitation Science Sector (RSS) consists of four departments: Department of Physical Therapy, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute.

The building houses classrooms; small group rooms; clinical teaching laboratories; study spaces; research labs; simulation lab; and the “Alumni Lounge”.

Access to 500 University Avenue

The building is fully accessible and inclusive by and for persons with disabilities. There is an elevator located at the main entrance on University Avenue, with a secondary wheelchair ramp entrance on Simcoe Street.

The doors are locked daily between 6 pm and 7:30 am. A FOB is required to access the building during this time. Guests may enter without a fob during regular business hours and should check in with the reception desk.

Please do not prop open the stairwell doors because this will trigger the silent alarm and Campus Police will send an officer to the building.

Attention students: If you lose your key fob, please notify us immediately (a replacement fee will apply).

Building Amenities

Clinical Laboratories

You can use the Clinical Laboratories (rooms 730 and 750) to practice clinical skills and do group work. You will need your key fob to gain access to the laboratories anytime outside of classes. Please refer to the Guidelines on Classroom and Laboratory Conduct and Management of Physical Therapy Laboratories for details.


Lockers are in the basement, second, fourth and seventh floors of the building. All professional rehabilitation sciences students will be assigned a locker by their home department. You may have to share a locker due to the limited number of lockers on-site. Questions regarding lockers can be directed to Jane Kean.

Lost and Found

The lost and found is in Room 160.

Room Booking Requests

All room booking requests for students’ special events and group meetings must be made via email to Shane Brandon. Rooms should be returned to their standard set-up and left tidy for the next users.

We encourage you to make use of the lecture/small group rooms for independent studies whenever they are not booked for classes or faculty meetings. The schedule for the week will be published on the doors of these rooms. Although you cannot book rooms on the schedule, feel free to use any Physical Therapy room that is free with the understanding that you might be asked to leave if necessary.

Small Group Rooms

Small group rooms are open for self-study when not in use by classes. Please clean up after using rooms so that they are ready for classes.

Student Lounge and Quiet Study Space

Student Lounge (Room 254) and Quiet Study Space (Room 260) are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week to all rehabilitation sciences students. The Student Lounge is equipped with a sofa, tables, and chairs where you can gather and have lunch. The Quiet Study Space is equipped with chairs and desks for students to work on assignments or study.


Audiovisual (AV) aids for teaching are installed permanently in the lecture rooms and laboratories. You can use the equipment for coursework under the supervision of the Academic Lead. For assistance, please contact IT Support at 416-978-7345.

Fire Emergency Procedures

In case of emergency, dial 911 for assistance and report the incident to Campus Police (link to https://www.campussafety.utoronto.ca/)  at 416-978-2222.  

The Department of Physical Therapy follows the fire emergency procedures and safety guidelines set out by Facilities & Services. 

For any building maintenance issues (i.e. facility repairs, faulty electrical plug, lights burned out, leaky pipe, or any emergency such as flood in lab or in washrooms), please call Facilities and Services (link to https://www.fs.utoronto.ca/contact/ the way you linked “fire emergency procedures” to  the fire website) at 416-978-3000 directly.