Ryerson’s Hub Cafeteria

July 30, 2009

Ryerson’s Hub cafeteria is located inside Jorgensen Hall at the Ryerson University in Toronto’s downtown.  The university is close to Yonge Street, a short walk north east of the Eaton Centre.

Here’s a picture of Jorgensen Hall:

And here’s the inside of the hub:

Normally it doesn’t look like this, though.  It has people at the various tables, and they are studying or chatting or doing studenty things.

The Hub has the best access to transportation of any of the places I game in Toronto, because Jorgensen Hall is smack dab between Dundas and College station on the TTC.  That’s a help when I have my long commute back to Newmarket.  The best time of the year is June-July, when there’s practically no students at all.  Other times of the year are fine too, but you can’t expect to have the place to yourself (it is a university student cafeteria after all).  Exam time gets especially buys with study groups and so on, but even then I’ve never been unable to game as planned.

Now, occasionally there are serious business conference kind of things, which means the Hub is reserved and you can’t use it.  When that happens there’s some fallback options, especially the comfy black pleather chairs that line the halls in the general vicinity.

The thing I like least about the Hub is the fact that the tables don’t get wiped down very often, and the vending machines aren’t stocked that well (and they’re pretty expensive).  There’s also no food vendors in the building itself (except if you’re a student during one of the terms) so you may want to pick up something on Yonge street (a block away) before you head in.

The Hub is one of my default places for gaming in Toronto.

Pros: Downtown, good transit access, central for a lot of student-age gamers.

Cons: Public place, tables not that clean

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