Life at George Brown

Location

George Brown College is located in Toronto, Canada’s largest city. Toronto is home to Canada’s major employers and the epicentre of most of the country’s key industries. It is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and provides students with access to a wealth of social and cultural experiences.

We have three main urban campuses – St. James, Casa Loma, and Waterfront – and several other downtown locations that place students right where the action is.

English for Academic Purposes takes place on the St. James Campus at 341 King St. East, a short walk away from the city’s downtown core and close to the city’s major businesses and attractions.

Orientations

At academic program orientation sessions, students receive vital information such as final class schedules and lists of books to help them prepare for studies at George Brown College. The International Centre also organizes orientation events at the beginning of each semester that provide important information on transportation, banking, health insurance, visas, scholarships and so on. They are also a great opportunity for new students to meet fellow classmates as well as some of the International Centre staff. Around the end of August the International Centre organizes SMART START, a fun event where new students are introduced to the city and various services offered at George Brown College.

In addition to academic and international orientation sessions and events, the College has many exciting social and cultural events taking place throughout the year. The Student Association, which functions as the central student government representing the interests of all George Brown College students, also organizes many events that bring students together.

Learning Resources

George Brown provides you with access to learning resources and open access computing through our campus Library Learning Commons. Here you will find the technology, resources and assistance required to do your research, course assignments and independent study. Check out the Library Learning Commons or in person as soon as you arrive on campus.

At the Peer-Assisted Learning Centre George Brown College’s Peer Advisors help you understand your learning style and connect you with other students to form study groups. This is an excellent way to develop personal learning strategies to support your academic success. The Centre also offers English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation groups.

Beyond the Classroom

As a student, you’ll be able to get involved in fitness and sports activities such as instructional classes, drop-in sports and organized leagues through the fitness centres at both main campuses. George Brown’s men’s and women’s varsity sports teams, The Huskies, are part of the Ontario College Athletic Association and compete against other Ontario colleges in many sports, including badminton, baseball, basketball, cross-country running, golf, soccer and volleyball.

George Brown also has a huge range of clubs for you to follow your interests — or find new ones beyond the classroom. Chances are you’ll find one that suits you, and if you don’t, we’ll help you start one! Student cafeterias, wireless access points, restaurants, bookstores, convenience stores, and so on, are all available on-campus to help you make the most of your time spent at the College.

Even if you aren’t a student in George Brown College’s culinary and theatre programs, you can enjoy the benefits! Enjoy affordable and delicious lunch offerings at ‘Chef On The Run’ prepared by GBC’s own hospitality instructors and students, or for an exciting fine-dining experience, check out the menus and information at The Chefs’ House. Located in Toronto’s historic Distillery District George Brown College’s Young Centre for the Performing Arts produces top-notch student theatre productions.

As a George Brown student some of your most rewarding experiences will occur as you take part in the cultural, social and athletic activities happening on campus. George Brown’s campuses support an active and involved student body. You’ll have countless opportunities to make lifelong friends, develop new interests, and enrich your College experience – so get involved, make friends and, most of all, have fun!

Living in Toronto

At George Brown College you’ll be studying in the downtown heart of a wonderful city. Toronto is recognized by the United Nations as one of the world’s most multicultural cities and is home to world-class art galleries, museums, theatres, restaurants and sports centres. There are countless opportunities to augment your classroom learning with exciting cultural experiences. Toronto’s community includes over 90 ethnic groups originating from over 169 countries speaking over 100 languages. As you familiarize yourself with the city, Toronto’s official website toronto.ca is a valuable source for information on Community Events, Public Health, Maps, Cycling Information, Attractions, and more!

Public Transit in Toronto

Toronto's subway and bus systems are quite efficient.

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is available 24 hours per day and seven days per week to assist you. The TTC can be reached at (416) 393-INFO or (416) 393-4636. Telephone information is now available in the following 18 languages: Albanian, Arabic, Cantonese, Farsi, French, Greek, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

You can also visit TTC website at www.toronto.ca/ttc. The website offers route, fare and monthly "Metropass" information as well as detailed maps. If you do not have Internet access from home, you can access the TTC website from any on-campus computer lab terminal.

The TTC Student Discount Card

The Student Association, in partnership with the TTC, sells Metropasses to students and staff of George Brown College at a reduced rate. TTC Metropasses go on sale the last five school days of the month for the following month’s Metropass.

The SA sells two types of Metropasses:
    • VIP passes are $117.75 (transferable)
    • Post Secondary Passes are $108 (non-transferable)
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