In the 1870s and 1880s, the Annex was one of Toronto's most elite neighbourhoods. Significant time has passed since then and although it is not quite as ritzy, charm has rubbed off, smudging the Victorian houses.
Bordering the University of Toronto, the Annex's businesses are littered with grad students who believe in the power of walking with their noses in books, or fraternity brothers who are nursing the effects of a party. Learning from experience can be just as beneficial as learning from the classics. Just don't tell your professor that.
Even if your student days are happily in the past, there is reason to go to this area, beyond the tree-lined streets and the attractive Edwardian homes. The University of Toronto campus has a combination of Gothic and Romanesque buildings. You may recognize it as the backdrop for many popular films, such as The Incredible Hulk, The Vow and even Good Will Hunting. Perhaps watch the films again as research and then pretend you are on the campus due to your affinity for modernist architecture.
Of course, a visit to the Annex would not be complete without stopping by Canada's heralded Royal Ontario Museum, which has frequent travelling exhibits and just enough natural history to make you feel cultured. A stint in the Annex is essential Toronto sightseeing, with low cost student pricing to match. Sounds just about perfect.