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Decision-making made easy! This tool gives you a breakdown of individual programs offered at George Brown College and how they differ from other programs you’re interested in. Use this tool to select up to 10 programs to compare, helping you make the right choice for the career you want.

1. Under Program Comparison, click Add a New Program

2. Search for one of the programs you’re interested in (either alphabetically, by interest or by job)

3. Click on the title of the program in the menu

4. Click Add to Comparison

5. Continue searching for programs using steps 2-4

6. When you’re done, clicking Program Comparison will give you a preview of the programs and the option to delete, add or clear all

7. Open Program Compare for more details and an easy-to-read comparison of the programs you’ve selected


Student Homestay Services (SHS), George Brown College’s long-time partner in student Homestay accommodation, maintains a network of caring families who will make your transition to living and studying in Canada a friendly and supportive experience. The SHS Homestay Program provides you a safe and comfortable living experience as you adjust to a new environment and is also an excellent way to improve your English.

  • Homestay is a great way to start your time in Canada, particularly if you are new to Toronto and do not have friends or family in the area. You can stay for an initial 4 or 8 week period while familiarizing yourself with the city and the College as well as searching for a place to live that is convenient for you.
  • Homestay accommodation includes an optional Airport Pick-up service.  The pickup is available for a $85.00 fee.
  • To guarantee a spot with a host family, please complete your Homestay Application and pay required fees at least 3 weeks in advance of your arrival by visiting the Student Homestay Services website: Make sure you do not send your payment to the College.
  • Provide your flight details by email at after you have submitted your application.
  • When Student Homestay Services receives your application, they will make the necessary arrangements and send you a Homestay information package. The package will include the name of the family you’ll be staying with, the address, telephone number, and the duration of your stay.
  • Homestays are generally located between 30 to 60 minutes from George Brown College by public transportation. Your Host Family will show you how to use the public transportation system and help you find your way around your new neighbourhood.

The costs for meal plans are based on competitive pricing for the Toronto area (Canadian Funds).

Homestay Fees



Homestay Placement Fee


Airport Reception Fee (one way), by request only


Accommodation Fee for 4 weeks (2 meals, breakfast & dinner)


Accommodation Fee for 4 weeks (3 meals, breakfast, lunch & dinner)


Extra cost for Internet Access  (4 weeks)


You will prepare your own breakfast and your Host Family will prepare dinner.

Make sure you bring your Homestay information with you when you travel to Canada.


For detailed information on George Brown’s Homestay program download a PDF of the Homestay guide 


Toronto has a large housing and rental market that offers numerous accommodation options for students. Some key things to think about when choosing your apartment are cost, distance from campus, access to transportation, local affordable food options and a responsible, professional landlord and/or superintendent.

We recommend you plan well ahead for your trip and arrange for housing before arriving in Toronto. Homestay is a great option in this regard – you can stay for 4 weeks, 8 weeks or longer, enjoying all the benefits of the Homestay program and search for an apartment when you are comfortably settled in the city. Plan to arrive at least a week before classes start to attend your ESL, Academic, or International Orientation sessions. These sessions will help you transition smoothly from your home country.

Rent can be costly in a large city like Toronto so, while there are opportunities to be found (especially if you are willing to share a space), it is very important to establish a reasonable budget and give yourself plenty of time to explore your options.


George Brown College Student Affairs maintains an on-campus Housing Centre. It is a free service located in room 113 of the St. James Campus. Start your search for accommodation at the George Brown College Housing Centre. 

Many apartment listings do not get posted until 1 to 2 months before the apartments are available. If you are looking for a place for September you should plan to begin your search in early July at the very latest! When searching you should look at listings as often as possible (daily) as apartments come and go very quickly.


Classified listings in local papers:

Online Classifieds:

Other Options:
Posters advertising apartments or suites for rent are often placed in windows of houses or apartment buildings. It is always useful to take a stroll around the neighbourhood(s) you might be interested in living in to look for potential rental opportunities.