blogUT’s Guide to the Best Bathrooms on Campus

Do you crinkle your nose in disgust when walking into a bathroom that reeks? Do you hate being forced to use stalls with no locks? Isn’t it humiliating when the stalls that DO have locks don’t lock properly and people walk in on you sitting on the can?

gross sink
Sink in UC with moldy tiles and mysterious organism growing.

Well, suffer no more! Pee, poop, and primp in comfort in the Best Bathrooms on Campus, as chosen by U of T students and us here at blogUT.

blogUT editor’s seal of approval 1. University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC)
You’ve probably never been in this building, which might explain why it has the nicest bathroom we’ve found. That, and also because it’s an art centre. In any case, this bathroom has a window and is spacious, private, clean, and VISUALLY-APPEALING to boot!

UTAC

UTAC

2. Bahen Center, all
Most people who like Bahen’s bathrooms prefer the private, wheelchair-accessible ones, like in the photo below. The ones with multiple stalls are pretty awesome, too. They have wide stalls, are clean, and very abundant — this building has 9 (or so) floors, each with at least two bathrooms. Bonus points for you if you are female, because there aren’t a lot of women in the building.


Bathroom on the 4th floor.

3. Bader Theatre
We’ve never been here because it’s somewhat far away from campus but we hear it’s really great

4. Sidney Smith, main floor
These bathrooms used to be awful, but they’ve been renovated since. Now they’ve gone from eau de urine to automatic toilets and sinks. The only thing is that there is still a lineup during peak hours (for women, at least).

Let’s throw in a Worst Bathrooms on Campus

1. Trinity College, Larkin Building
We’ve never been here but the men’s room was described as “evil” and “simply terrifying. “The showers (wtf?!) drip and have waterbeads all over them, implying they’ve been used recently… If you opt to use the stalls (which have no light in them…. they’re lit by ambient light) you get to look at lifesized graffiti of [sexually explicit images]. Oh, and then the faucets will spray water directly onto your crotch.” — student.

2. Robarts
This shouldn’t be surprising, considering how many people frequent this place. Depending on when you go, it’s not the cleanest place.

Robarts

3. Pratt Library, 2nd floor

4. McLennan Physics Building, second floor
The women’s bathroom here is not necessarily unclean or bad, but rather badly designed. The hot water comes out of a different spout than the cold, and it makes absolutely no sense to me. Are you supposed to wash one hand with the hot, the other with the cold, and switch between the two as you’re rinsing? I don’t understand! There is also a lineup in the women’s bathrooms between classes, which sucks because you really need to hustle to get there first.

Trinity
A dimly-lit men’s bathroom in the basement of Trinity College.

Tell us what YOU think are the best and worst bathrooms!

26 comments for “blogUT’s Guide to the Best Bathrooms on Campus

  1. Ana Lopez
    April 2, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    hahaha interesting post!

  2. z
    April 2, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    this is actually an issue i think about a lot. some good and bad that i’ve noticed that weren’t listed:

    good
    – Woodsworth Residence main floor
    – Pharmacy Building
    – Gerstein 1 below (sometimes smells bad, but is generally ok and has good mirrors)

    bad
    – New College Basement (most doors don’t close properly, always looks dirty even if it’s recently been cleaned
    – Hart House2nd floor (old, stained and gross)

    And i just wanted to emphasize how gross robarts is.

  3. Sarah Y
    April 2, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    awesome! oh man the physics one.

  4. April 3, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Koffler Student Centre should be on the best bathroom list.
    Since it is all the way on the top floor of the building barely anyone uses them. They also have an abundant amount of windows for natural light.

    In the mens room, if you take the wheelchair stall, you can people watch from a porcelain throne while doing your business… just a pro-tip.

  5. April 3, 2008 at 12:26 am

    That “separate faucet for hot and cold” thing is actually a hallmark of British bathrooms. Up until a few years ago every goddamned bathroom in the British isles was like that, many in private homes still are, though most public bathrooms are moving towards mixer taps. According to Wikipedia it’s because British plumbing is ridiculous and serves hot/cold water at two different pressures, making mixer taps more complicated/expensive. As for it’s appearance in McLennan, you’ve got me.

  6. Iain Murray
    April 3, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    It amazes me how much venom North Americans will dedicate to separate faucets and British plumbing in general. It just never struck me as a problem when growing up.

    I do have to admit that the toilet flush mechanism seems to be much better over here. Wikipedia will tell you more about that too :-).

  7. Julia
    April 3, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    innis downstairs is super narrow and tiny!

  8. extnct
    April 4, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    The Toike Oike also wrote a bathroom review a few years ago. It’s a bit outdated but still worth mentioning. ;)

    pg. 6: [PDF]
    cap: [PNG]

  9. Barbara
    April 4, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    I’ve been known to refer to the bathroom in the Larkin building (Trin – listed above in the ‘worst section) as the bathroom to go to if you want to feel like you’re about to be assaulted. Seriously. It’s not just gross – it’s dark, (stalls tend to not have lights) and also quite remote. And you’ve got the weird shower stalls and drip-drip-drip from the faucets echoing in the silence… eerie.

  10. Shittaker
    April 12, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Best – Bahen is good I agree

    I like Vic College Basement too -> 3rd stall is all me keep outta there

    Worst – Innis

  11. Crapper
    April 16, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Hart House Theatre also have some of the worst bathrooms ever. The men’s room reeks of urine all the time and the two urinals face each other so the men get to stand close and back to back (awkward much?) . The women’s washroom only has 2 stalls and you’re lucky if there’s toilet paper and/or paper towels in there. And good luck making it back to the show on time during intermission with a 150 person theatre and 4 stalls toilet for men and women.

  12. Anonymous
    April 19, 2008 at 1:18 am

    The water at the sinks in the guy’s washroom in Sidney Smith main floor is always boiling hot. I can’t properly wash my hands after a few seconds because there’s no cold water to cool it down!

  13. October 3, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    The loo in the Woodswarth College building isn’t that bad. It has four stalls and a 2 sinks. I just wish there was a dry counter to put your bag on while you fittle for your lipstick. :P

  14. winna
    January 28, 2009 at 12:19 am

    oh god the one in carr hall sucks too!

  15. winna
    January 28, 2009 at 12:21 am

    oops I mean the one in teefy hall

  16. Winnie
    March 28, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    This is awesome! I thought I was the only one who scouts for good bathrooms to use. I too, avoid Robarts.

    The bathrooms in the Munk Center are great, just not the ones in the basement of the actual library. Med Sci bathroom first floor are tolerable as well.

  17. March 29, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    You should see the bathroom at my local waffle house. It is the standard against which all other bathrooms should be measured. You can start your range by giving my waffle house a rating of 0. Then, move up to a strip club bathroom in the ghetto, which rates about a 2… and then move up from there. Thanks for this interesting post.

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  19. Jaymie
    March 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    UC, on the first floor near the registrar’s office. It’s SO small and when you open the door, you are bound to hit someone waiting to use the toilet.

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  21. March 24, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Worst: Gerstein, women’s washroom in 1 below that is closest to the main staircase.
    Best: CONHALL’S NEW WASHROOMS ARE SO GORGEOUS.

  22. Ran
    April 17, 2011 at 1:53 am

    BAD JUST BAD: Fung/Morisson hall downstairs…you can’t even close the door without hitting your knee caps..plus the toilets face the wall and not the door..(WTF?)
    if you are more than 200 lbs i don’t even think u can fit into the washrooms ….

  23. John
    May 24, 2011 at 7:47 am

    The absolute worst ever and willing to bet on it is the one in the basement of International Student center ISC.

  24. M
    October 8, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    McLennan Physics first floor ladies’ washroom has normal taps if I recall correctly, so if you want properly mixed warm water just go downstairs.

    The ladies’ washroom in sub-Larkin isn’t quite as bad as the men’s but still pretty sketchy… however, on the main floor there’s a private, wheelchair-accessible one which is pretty decent. (though it has those automatic door push things and it takes a reallly long time for the door to close so you can go!)

  25. S
    October 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I like the Larkin washroom! It’s remote down there. Perfect for those of us who prefer privacy. It apparently used to be a hookup spot for men, which I initially learned after stumbling across a rather shocking scene, but there are now signs up which warn of surveillance, so I assume this has come to an end.

    Trin’s basement washroom by the dining hall is also great, as is the washroom on the second floor of Kelley Library.

  26. v
    January 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    The law building has the WORST washroom I have ever been to! Definitely needs to be added to this list!

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