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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!
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.
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 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.
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
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
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
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 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.
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org after you have submitted your application. A one-time Homestay Placement Fee of $165 is applicable.
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
These links outline your rights as a tenant and provide a useful ‘Rental Checklist’: