Life in Toronto for International Students


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 is a valuable source for information on Community Events, Public Health, Maps, Cycling Information, Attractions, and more!


Discovering Toronto

CN Tower

National icon, engineering wonder, the CN Tower is Toronto's "must-see". Rocket to the top in a thrilling 58-second ride aboard glass-fronted and glass floor panelled elevators. Spectacular sights from four observation areas including panoramic views from the floor to ceiling window walls on the LookOut level, the world-famous Glass Floor, Outdoor SkyTerrace and SkyPod, the highest. Experience EdgeWalk, the world's highest outdoor walk on a building.

The Distillery District

The Distillery District is an internationally acclaimed village of brick-lined streets and dozens of vibrantly restored Victorian Industrial buildings. It’s one of Ontario’s hottest tourist attractions and home to live theatres, galleries, fashion, design and jewelry boutiques, unique cafes and award-winning restaurants. It’s all completely closed to traffic and just a few minutes' walk from downtown Toronto.

The Eaton Centre

With a striking glass galleria and iconic "Flight Stop" geese, CF Toronto Eaton Centre is a celebrated Canadian landmark. Home to over 250+ best-in-class retailers, restaurants and services in the heart of downtown, TEC is the city's premier urban shopping location.

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Immerse yourself in a world of 16,000 aquatic animals and discover your own underwater adventure. The Aquarium features North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel with more than 5.7 million litres of water and over 100 interactive opportunities. Get up close and personal with four touch exhibits featuring horseshoe crabs, sharks, scarlet cleaner shrimp, and rays as well as daily dive shows every 2 hours.

With a collection of more than 90,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is among the largest and most distinguished art museums in North America. An international landmark, the AGO is also one of Canada’s most innovative cultural destinations. Highlights of the Gallery’s world-class collection include iconic Canadian and Inuit works, along with European and contemporary art – all on view in a spectacular building transformed by renowned Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry.

Public Transit

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.


On-Campus Housing

The George Brown College student residence, The George, located at 80 Cooperage Street, Toronto ON M5A 0J3, combines the safety and convenience of being on-campus, combined with incredible student activities and an unmatched quality of service and amenities. Focus on school without worrying about monthly utility bills and 12-month leases. Simply arrive and instantly begin your George Brown College experience!

Living at The George will connect you with a community where you will make lasting friendships, experience the city, and develop a range of academic and life skills. Our residence is not just a convenient place to live but is an important part of the overall George Brown College experience. This is your home away from home, and we offer support systems and services that aren't easily found in other types of student housing options. Social and educational events include cooking classes, study groups, residence games & sports challenges, group trips to local events and more.

Apply early to secure your space in residence:
We accept students on a first apply first accepted basis. You can apply before you are accepted into your program at


Student Homestay Services (SHS), George Brown College's long-time partner in student homestay accommodation, maintains a network of caring families who will help make your transition to living and studying in Canada a friendly and supportive experience. Homestay is a great way to start your time in Canada, particularly if you are new to the city 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 Application Process

If you require Homestay Accommodation (with optional Airport Pick-up), make sure that your homestay application reaches Student Homestay Services at least three weeks before your arrival date. Apply at Provide your flight details to them by email at after you have submitted your application. A one-time Homestay Placement Fee of $165 is applicable.

4Stay Housing

George Brown College has partnered with 4stay, an online marketplace for student housing. They help students, interns and professionals connect with local hosts, roommates and room providers, and they match the right guests with quality hosts. Search for thousands of stays around the campus as they have over 100,000 rooms, homes and homestays on their platform.

Visit to search for an off-campus listing.