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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.
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.
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!
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.
Your Student Photo ID card identifies you as a student at George Brown College, giving you access to many of our services and facilities. You should carry your Student Photo ID card with you at all times. See General Student Card information.
To get your student card you must:
During the busy fall term the College arranges special photo-id sessions. See dates and times.
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.
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.)
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 prestocard.ca.
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.