Getting Started - Accepted International Students

The first few weeks at George Brown College are crucial to your success.

Throughout your time at George Brown College, you will have the support and services that you need to get the most out of your college experience. There are various programs and services that are available to you as an international student at George Brown College. Some of the departments that provide these services are listed below along with the kinds of activities they are engaged in.

We encourage you to take full advantage of the range of supports and services provided to make your time spent at the college a productive, enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

Below please find information about orientation, how to submit your study permit and ensuring your address information is up-to-date. Also, information about how to obtain your photo identification, open a bank account and learn how to use public transit in Toronto.


Orientations help students understand the requirements of their program, academic departments, the College and immigration requirements. Students will also get to meet their faculty, departmental/GBC staff and fellow students in the program.

Please visit our Orientation page for more information about orientation and startup events.

Submit your study permit(Video)

You must submit a copy of your valid Study Permit and Toronto Address/Phone number to the International Centre by fax (416-415-2120 or 416-415-4722) or drop it off at the International Centre at St. James Campus by the first week of classes. New international students who submit their study permits to the International Centre by the end of the first week of classes will be entered in a lucky draw!

Ensure your address is up-to-date

To receive important letters and notices e.g. Fee statements from the College, you have to inform us each time your address changes by completing the Change of Address Form available at the International Centre office. If you change your address through Stu-View, please input only one address, your current address. Please do not include future addresses as this will confuse the system.

Obtain your George Brown College ID (Video)

To get your student card you must:

  • Be a registered “Active” student and have no “Holds” on your GBC account.
  • Your timetable and a government-issued photo ID e.g. Passport or Driver’s License, are both required to get your George Brown College Photo ID.
  • If you qualify, go to the closest George Brown College Photo ID Centre. You can avoid line-ups by taking advantage of George Brown College’s Online Student Photo Submission process. Please see a list of Photo ID Centre locations.
  • Your Student ID card is also a Library Borrower Card and a Print/Copy-card used for photocopying and printing in the campus Library Learning Commons. To have your card activated as your Borrower Card, simply take it to the Library Learning Commons Help Desk.

For students who do not have a Driver’s License, an Ontario Photo Card provides a convenient form of official identification. For more information, visit the Ontario Photo Card web page

St. James Campus: Room 137 - (Basement level of 200 King St. E.)

300 Adelaide St. E.: Room 111

Casa Loma Campus: Bldg. C Room 350

Ryerson Campus: One Card Office, Jorgenson Hall, Room JOR-02, 350 Victoria Street

For St. James Campus and Casa Loma Campus, you must first get a number at the Q-Matic counter near Student Services to have your Photo-ID taken.

Open a bank account

In order to exchange foreign currency, pay bills by cheque, receive bank transfers or place your money in the bank, you need to open a bank account. Most major banks offer special banking programs for students. To open an account you must present at least two (2) pieces of identification (for example, Passport with Study Permit, GBC Student ID card, and/or major credit card.)

Major banks near St. James campus

Name Address
Scotia Bank 279 King St. E. (King St. E. & Princess), T 416 368 4301
CIBC 1 Toronto St (King St. E. & Church), T 416 980 2772
TD Canada Trust 110 Yonge St. (Yonge & Adelaide), T 416 869 6262
Bank of Montreal 30 Yonge St. (Yonge & Front), T 416 867 5323
Royal Bank 161 King St E. (King St. E & Jarvis), T 416 365 9070

Major banks near Casa Loma campus

Name Address
TD Canada Trust 675 Dupont St. (Dupont & Christie), T 416 531 9955
Royal Bank 10 St. Clair Ave W (St. Clair & Yonge), T 416 974 7840
Bank of Montreal 659 Dupont St. (Dupont & Christie), T 416 534 354
Scotiabank 332 Bloor Street West (Bloor & Spadina), T (416) 515-2850
Learn about public transit in the city

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is a quick and convenient way to get around Toronto. The core subway trains are linked with the rest of the city through a network of buses and streetcars.

A post-secondary monthly pass costs $116.75 and provides unlimited travel. Post-secondary students need to have TTC post-secondary student photo ID to set their post-secondary student fare type on their PRESTO card and carry it while travelling on the TTC. The TTC Monthly Pass and Post-Secondary Monthly Pass on PRESTO are available at Shoppers Drug Mart locations, from a PRESTO Fare Vending Machine at select TTC subway station entrances and online at

For more information on the post-secondary monthly pass on PRESTO visit the TTC website.

For areas in and around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) the “GO Train” is a convenient and affordable option. The GO travels as far as Hamilton (with bus connections to Niagara Falls) to the West and to Oshawa with bus connections as far as Peterborough to the East. There are also numerous options north of the city.