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



  • Discovering Toronto

    Attractions

    Toronto is an incredible city that features a wealth of seasonal events, cultural pockets, and attractions such as those listed below! Visit www.toronto.com to discover more!

    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 paneled 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.

    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.

    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 Art Gallery of Ontario

    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.

    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.

    Toronto Transit (TTC)

    Toronto's subway and bus systems are quite efficient. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is the quick, convenient and safe way to get around Toronto. The subway system is linked with buses and streetcars to get you where you need to go!

    The TTC 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 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.

    The Toronto Transit (TTC) 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 $124.50 (transferable)
    • Post Secondary Passes are $112 (non-transferable)


    Visit the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) website for more details: www.toronto.ca/ttc

  • Accommodation

    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 georgebrown.ca/residence.

    Homestay

    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 homestayservices.ca. Provide your flight details to them by email at shs@homestayservices.ca after you have submitted your application. A one-time Homestay Placement Fee of $165 is applicable.

    Useful Resources

    George Brown College Services

    Links to housing sites

    Classified Listings in Local Papers

    Online Classifieds

    Additional 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.

    These links outline your rights as a tenant and provide a useful ‘Rental Checklist’: