Life at Durham
Durham College – Oshawa, Whitby and Pickering
DC’s central location in Durham Region makes commuting to campus a breeze from just about anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, the college is approximately 45 minutes away from Toronto, York Region, Northumberland County, Peterborough and the Kawarthas. There are also plenty of on- and off-campus housing options for DC students to consider and all first-year students are guaranteed a spot in residence!
While learning and studying are important, most college memories are made outside the classroom. Whether it’s winning the big game, learning to live on your own for the first time or joining a campus club with other like-minded individuals, life on campus plays a major role in your overall college experience. DC strives to build an inclusive community where everyone can feel accepted.
- Campus Health Centre that offers mental health services and an onsite walk-in clinic and pharmacy.
- Outstanding athletic facilities, award-winning varsity program and extensive intramural sports league.
- FastStartDC, a year-round entrepreneurial program that helps students and alumni take their innovative business ideas to market quickly and successfully.
The best way for you to learn what it takes to succeed in your chosen field is to get out there and immerse yourself in it. By doing so, you’ll get to develop and use the skills you’ve learned in the classroom, network and make industry contacts and gain real-world work experience that will help you stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market. Nearly all of DC’s more than 140 full-time programs include an experiential learning component that can include co-operative education, field placement, applied research, capstone projects, volunteer work and practicums.
DC’s Oshawa campus is home to the new Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE), which brings together local, Indigenous and global communities. Features include the Durham College Spa, global classroom and interprofessional simulation and anatomy labs. The campus is also home to the state-of-the-art Student Services building, which houses numerous key student services all under one roof, as well as the Hub for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence for Business Solutions, or AI Hub. The Integrated Manufacturing Centre also calls the Oshawa campus home and is a fully automated, industrial-grade, flexible manufacturing facility that serves as a model of the new standards in education in the fields of advanced manufacturing, mechatronics and engineering.
At the Whitby campus you will find the award-winning W. Galen Weston Centre for Food, which includes Bistro ’67, a full-service, teaching-inspired restaurant, Pantry, a retail store featuring food prepared by students in the college’s culinary programs and the new Centre for Craft Brewing Innovation, which opened in spring 2018. DC’s leading skilled trades shops are also housed at the Whitby campus along with a power plant training facility.
Student Support Services
DC has a wide range of services to support you in all aspects of life as a student, from academic and health support to finances and safety. These include:
- First Peoples Indigenous Centre
- Access and Support Centre
- Career Development office
- Durham College Students Inc. (DCSI), DC’s student association
- Financial Aid and Awards office
- Office of Campus Safety
- Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions
- Student Academic Learning Services
Programs at Durham