Helping You Succeed
Learning happens in and out of the classroom. Check out Durham College’s (DC) services, facilities and support that will help you along your path to success.
Financial Aid and Awards office
To help pay for your education, you have access to our Financial Aid and Awards office. The office is dedicated to helping you successfully manage your finances while pursuing your post-secondary education. This includes strategies such as government funding, bursaries, scholarships, bank lines of credit, financial aid programs, personal savings, assistance from family and more.
The office also provides services such as budget counselling, financial literacy education and workshops, on- and off-campus employment, student grants/loans from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and emergency aid in case your funds get low.
"As a student you have such a tight budget, so it's nice to have that wiggle room to allow you to participate in those extra things, like class trips."
From helping you identify career goals, finding equivalent credits and assisting with program transfers and pathways to further your education, student advisors can help you navigate your studies via support services designed to enhance your overall experience and academic life. Each academic school has a student advisor to help you reach your full academic potential.
“My student advisor was a great help to me when I was struggling, but thanks to her I am one step closer to my goal – graduation!”
You’ll need a comfortable place to unwind after class so why not stay on campus at one of our fantastic residences? And the best part is that your spot is guaranteed if you meet the deadline for accepting your offer of admission!
A successful student can't work on an empty stomach, which is why DC offers a number of on-campus dining options. A variety of meal plans are also available to suit your appetite.
"I love living on campus because it's so much fun to get to know people and it's so close to my classes. I can wake up five minutes before and just run to my class!"
- Anya Dai
Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC)
They say a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. If that’s the case, then the state-of-the-art CRWC should have you completing your classwork in no time. In addition to five gyms, a 10,000-square-foot fitness centre, squash courts and an elevated indoor walking/jogging track, you can hit the rink at the Campus Ice Centre or take to the soon to be open indoor multi-sport turf facility. Students at our Whitby campus can also break a sweat at our new 2,000-squarefoot fitness facility.
Whether you’re a diehard or weekend athlete, DC offers a number of sports options from the nationally ranked Durham Lords varsity athletics programs to a wide variety of intramural choices.
"After attending other post-secondary schools, I would say DC's athletic facility is one of the best. It's amazing! The fitness co-ordinator and staff are very knowledgeable about the equipment and it's a good atmosphere to be in."
-Alicia Del Fuoco
Campus Health Centre
Whether you have a case of the sniffles, sustained an injury playing intramural sports or need a family physician while being a student, the Campus Health Centre can provide you with the health care you need. Features include a walk-in medical clinic with on-site doctors and nurses, a lab, a full-service pharmacy and a variety of ancillary health services.
"Very useful, probably the best services that I've experienced in a few years. I've learned how to manage my anxiety better, and how to use coping methods to deal with stressful situations.”
Spend your first week on campus meeting your new classmates and participating in a variety of activities during DC Orientation Week! This includes the first-year fun fair, program orientation and the annual CampusFest concert.
“Being involved helped me establish relationships with the campus and community partners.”
Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions
The Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions is dedicated to ensuring you feel welcome and supported on campus. From your first day of orientation to your final year, opportunities are available for you to become involved in the campus community through leadership programs and student life events. Everyone deserves respect and DC’s diversity officers work with you on a grassroots level to mediate, train and educate, so that all students are able to have a voice and feel safe on campus.
“The Diversity office is there to help me deal with adversity and advocate for me when I need a voice.”
Student Academic Learning Services (SALS)
Making the leap to college can be an adjustment. SALS can help by offering peer tutoring, writing and subject-specific support from writing staff and learning skills advisors. In addition, quiet study rooms are located across campus to help you get that extra bit of focus you need to finish that last assignment.
"Make a visit to SALS one of your first stops. The facilities here and the help that's offered is phenomenal. The counsellors point you in the right direction. It's a warm, friendly environment and everything you need is right here."
Access and Support Centre (ASC)
The ASC provides services to students who are temporarily at-risk or identified with an exceptionality to ensure equal access to all aspects of the academic environment. The ASC provides accommodations to meet students’ individual needs through assistive technology and coaching on self-advocacy and success strategies. The ASC team works in partnership with students and faculty to co-ordinate appropriate supports to ensure inclusive and accessible learning environments on campus.
"These are supports that actually help you. You don't want to wait until it's too late. At the end of the day, they're for your own benefit so if you have the opportunity, talk to an advisor at the ASC and find someone who can help you assess those needs."
Career Development Office
With more than 87 per cent of employers satisfied or very satisfied with DC grads, the Career Development office helps with career research, planning and winning job search strategies. This includes the job application processes from preparing résumés to practising interview skills. You also have access to DC’s exclusive Hired site to view job postings, explore career resources, schedule coaching appointments and sign-up for career-related events. DC is committed to support your career success from the moment you register to long after you graduate.
“Thank you for all of your support and help. I am so grateful for the resources you provided me with. I would also like to thank you for helping me build confidence in my interviewing skills. It was such a great experience being able to work with you. You have helped me so much.”
The Campus Bookstore offers everything you need for your day-to-day life at Durham College (DC). Its two locations – Oshawa campus and Whitby campus – provide textbooks, school supplies and other course materials such as lab coats and other lab supplies, safety glasses, graphing and financial calculators, batteries, USB keys and other electronics. You can also drop in to purchase snacks or branded merchandise to show your love for DC!
For added convenience, order your textbooks online from the website below and pick them up on-campus or have them shipped to anywhere in Canada for a small fee. Are your books cheaper on Amazon.ca or Chapters-Indigo’s website? Bring in a copy of the web page (print-out or on your phone) and the Campus Bookstore will match the price. For more information, please visit:
“I went to the Campus Bookstore ‘just to look around.’ But with all the great stuff there, I was incapable of doing that and bought I Heart DC merch and I Heart DC Stationery.”
- Heather Bulman
At DC, we understand that every student is unique. Our campus community is a place where you can discover or grow your individual potential and learn to cultivate your personal strengths.
Coaching is about helping you build resilience and achieve your goals. As a DC stu-dent, you will guide the process and your coach will help you get to where you want to be through mentoring and wellness-focused resources.