Life at Durham
Durham College – Oshawa, Whitby and Pickering
DC’s central location in Durham Region makes commuting to campus an accessible option 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 – including the new student residence at the Whitby campus that opened in September 2019 – and all first-year students are guaranteed a spot in residence!
While learning and studying are important, DC also understands that 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.
- The Well-being Centre, DC’s new mental health and wellness hub on campus. This safe, confidential space provides students access to a multidisciplinary team whose members provide immediate support that can include assessment, referrals and appointments for counselling, coaching, medical care and other professional services.
- The Esports Gaming Arena, our 3,000-sq-ft. gaming space which is home to the Durham Lords Esports varsity team and unique from any other collegiate gaming facility thanks to its extensive broadcast capabilities and lounge area for spectators. DC students have exclusive access to the arena, which features 46 Lenovo PCs, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Play Station 4 Slim. Whether you want to stream your play and compete between classes or just relax with friends over a friendly game, the arena offers something for gamers of all kinds.
- FastStartDC, the entrepreneurial hub and support centre for DC students. Located in the 360insights Centre within the Centre for Collaborative Education at DC’s Oshawa campus, FastStartDC is also home to the FastTECH Makerspace, which is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and equipment to support student innovation.
The best way for you to learn what it takes to succeed in your chosen field is to roll up your sleeves and do the work! This is why nearly all of DC’s 140+ full-time programs include an experiential learning component, such as apprenticeship, co-op, field placement, capstone project, applied research and many more. Experiential learning is a process in which students learn by doing and reflecting on their experience. By immersing yourself in an experiential learning opportunity, you’ll get to flex and develop 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.
Bringing together local, Indigenous and global communities, the Centre for Collaborative Education at DC’s Oshawa campus features the Durham College Spa, Global Classroom and interprofessional simulation and anatomy labs. The Oshawa 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, and the Integrated Manufacturing Centre, 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 DC’s 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. DC’s leading skilled trades shops are also housed at the Whitby campus along with a power plant training facility.
Student Support Services
DC offers 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:
- Access and Support Centre
- Campus Health Centre, which includes an on-campus walk-in clinic and pharmacy
- Career Development
- Coaching and Support Centre
- Durham College Students Inc. (DCSI), DC’s student association
- Financial Aid and Awards office
- First Peoples Indigenous Centre
- 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