Durham College

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Choosing which college to attend is a big decision and we truly hope you find your fit with us. Whether you are beginning your post-secondary education for the first time or returning to update your skills, we look forward to helping you every step of the way! Our goal is to prepare you to find rewarding employment. Thanks to our expert faculty with extensive industry experience and leading educational resources, our alumni go on to successful careers in their chosen field. We also offer a variety of diploma to degree options through agreements with universities in Ontario and around the world, enabling you to pursue a university degree in less than the traditional amount of time and earn your degree without having to repeat select courses since pathway programs give credit for college study that can be used toward university credit.

Areas of Expertise

Durham College’s nine academic schools offer market-driven programs, led by industry experts, across a wide range of disciplines, including Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning, School of Business, IT, & Management (BITM), School of Health & Community Services (HCS), School of Hospitality and Horticultural Science (HHS), School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IS), School of Justice & Emergency Services (JES), School of Media, Art & Design (MAD), School of Science & Engineering Technology (SET), and School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship, & Renewable Technology (START).

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:1,360 bedsLowest: $5,000Highest: $6,100

All students enrolled at Durham College for the first time are guaranteed a room in residence if they meet the deadlines for accepting the college’s offer of admission and applying to residence. A residence application form is included with the offer of admission or students can apply online at www.stayrcc.com. Several different residence options are available at the South and Simcoe Village residences as well as apartment-style residence units, which are designed for students in their upper years of study. The Simcoe Village residence gives students a choice between furnished double rooms that are semi-divided for privacy or furnished suites with two private bedrooms. Both options include a kitchenette, fridge, microwave, three-piece bath, cable television, Internet access and a telephone. Overlooking a creek and conservation area, the five-storey South Village residence provides furnished suites with two private bedrooms, a kitchenette, fridge, microwave, three-piece bath, cable television, Internet access and a telephone. It also features a modern cafeteria and study and recreation areas.

Off Campus Housing

Off-campus housing is available and comprehensive housing lists are available free of charge through the Student Housing office. To learn more, please visit here.

Incoming Students

Orientation begins in the summer with Get Prepared for September (GPS), a program that students can participate in online, through a live session or through a combination of both for a more complete program. GPS is designed to help navigate through college business before school begins. In addition, Orientation Week welcomes more than 4,000 first-year students to the Oshawa and Whitby campuses each September. The Student Life office works with more than 80 DC Crew orientation leaders to develop a series of events ranging in focus from academics and student services, to clubs and social engagements. Events then continue throughout the year to ensure a well-balanced social and academic experience.

Career Planning

Before and after graduation, Hired Career Services is on hand to help connect students with employers in Durham Region, across Ontario and beyond. Available services include resumé and cover letter reviews, job search assistance, career advising and assessment and more. A new interactive online portal also makes it even easier and faster for students, graduates and employers to find precisely what, and who, they’re looking for.


Durham College’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre is one of the best athletic facilities in the country offering many state-of-the-art features including:

  • A 28,000-sq.-ft. triple gym;
  • A 10,000-sq.-ft. fitness centre;
  • Two 900-sq.-ft. aerobic/dance studios;
  • Two squash courts;
  • Indoor golf range;
  • An elevated indoor walking/jogging track overlooking the gymnasium;
  • An athletic therapy centre;
  • A multi-purpose lounge; and
  • Student sports club office space.
Can’t get enough sports? Durham College also has a softball field; the Campus Tennis Centre, which is open year-round and features six Har-Tru clay tennis courts; and the Campus Ice Centre, which features two NHL-sized ice pads.


Your Student Association (Your SA) plays an active and important role in the interest of all students. As the student voice on campus, it reflects the values of communication, inclusiveness, representation, spirit and success in all that it does. It holds numerous on- and off-campus events and is responsible for administering programs such as the food bank, Women’s Centre, student insurance plan and the U-Pass.


Your SA is also responsible for managing the many student groups that operate on campus. Ask any graduate and they’ll say that to make the most of the college experience, students have got to get involved. It’s about more than grades – it’s about having fun, making friends and discovering new interests. That’s easy at Durham College, where a world of diversity and much more is represented by more than 70 student groups.

Information Technology

All students also have access to wireless networks and the Internet in all major campus areas and support, training and assistance through our Mobile Computing Centre and Client Services team.

Special Services

Students with a disability (blind or have limited vision; deaf or hard of hearing; or have a physical, medical, psychiatric or learning disability) should contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities as soon as they apply and after they have been accepted. The centre will ensure reasonable accommodations are available with their chosen program.

International Involvement

Durham College has reached out to the world to provide educational opportunities to students from China, Belize, Russia, Lithuania, Bulgaria South America, Malaysia and the Far East. Interested students should contact the International office at 905-721-2000 ext. 2355 or international@durhamcollege.ca.

Campus Tour

The College Information Program and Durham College’s annual open house event are held every fall along with an open house in the spring and the In the Loop parent event in February. Campus tours can be arranged at any time by visiting myplace@durhamcollege.


The Campus Health Centre offers professional, high-quality health services and access to a medical clinic, pharmacy, doctors, nursing care and alternative health services on a daily basis, plus individual student counselling services including assessments and referrals.

Modified on August 04, 2020