Durham College



Durham College is Canada's premier college for career focused students who will succeed in a challenging, supportive, and inclusive learning environment. Established in 1967 in Oshawa, the College is committed to ensuring students have the market ready skills needed to succeed and make a difference in the world. Durham College offers education, experience, and a diverse environment that are second to none.

Durham College's programs are continually shaped by market needs and delivered by exceptional teachers with real world experience, and its vibrant campus community enriches the student life experience. In fact, the College boasts a 90% graduate employment rate within six months of graduation and scored a remarkable employer satisfaction rating of 95.6% in the provincial government's 2008 Key Provincial Indicators survey results.

Areas of Expertise

Durham College offers more than 80 full-time programs focused on employer demand and developed in conjunction with advisory committees that include business and industry experts who bring real world perspectives to the academic experience, giving students everything they need to succeed in the workplace.

The College's Oshawa Campus houses a North American award winning Campus Library, Integrated Manufacturing Centre, Centre for Integrated Justice Studies, state of the art dental, biotechnology, and nursing labs, a 200 seat computer learning commons, and extensive wireless access. The newest addition to campus is a 90,000 square foot expansion of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre featuring a triple gymnasium, fitness centre, and extensive health services.

The nationally acclaimed Skills Training Centre, located at the Whitby Campus, has been key to 20,000 registered apprentices completing various levels of in school apprenticeship training in the construction, manufacturing, and transportation sectors, including 12,000 within the last seven years. Durham College offers 17 apprenticeship programs, including 11 that are Red Seal.

The School of Career Development and Continuing Education offers part-time studies in hundreds of courses, certificate and diploma programs, and post-graduate programs in a wide variety of career and personal interest subject areas.

Durham College shares integrated facilities and services at its Oshawa Campus with Ontario Tech University.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:1,360 bedsLowest: $6,420Highest: $8,240

At Durham College, we offer the best of both worlds when it comes to residence - all the comforts of home in a unique campus community experience. Our residences at both the Oshawa and Whitby campuses provide a guaranteed spot for first-year students if you meet the deadlines for accepting your offer of admission and applying to residence. Note: Students enrolled in January or May-start programs may apply to residence and be approved based on room availability. To learn more and apply to residence, visit Durham College Residence.

Off Campus Housing

Off-campus housing is available, and comprehensive housing lists are available on Durham College's website.

Places4students.com offers a wide range of housing options, from single rooms to apartments, townhouses, and more.

Incoming Students

Orientation takes place the week before school starts.

Career Planning

Career and Employment Services offers one on one career advice from professional career and employment officers. A new online job posting service (Job Site), resumé counselling, job postings, an annual job fair, employer days, salary statistics, and employer profiles are some of the many services, resources, and events available to all Durham College students and recent graduates.


Athletic Facilities: The Durham College Athletic Centre includes five squash courts, a double gymnasium, and a fitness gym with an indoor track. Also featured are two outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor basketball court, an indoor golf training centre, three softball diamonds, a soccer pitch, and three beach volleyball courts.

Varsity Athletics: Durham College is a proud member of the OCAA and the CCAA. The Durham Lords compete against other colleges in the following sports: men's baseball, women's softball, men's indoor and outdoor soccer, women's indoor and outdoor soccer, men's volleyball, women's volleyball, men's golf, women's golf, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's touch football, and women's touch football. Athletic scholarships are available to qualifying varsity athletes.

Information Technology

The number of state of the art PC and Macintosh computer workstations available to Durham

College students is at an all time high. Students can take advantage of our brand new 150 seat computer commons (Oshawa Campus), the 50 seat learning commons (Whitby Campus), the student Intranet, Web based e-mail, upgraded software, and renovated computer labs.

The new 6,794 square-metre (73,000 square-foot) library offers students a diverse collection of publications including an extensive legal reference area and numerous electronic databases, along with remote access and helpful staff to assist students with all of their informational needs. There are also special library services for those taking Trent University courses at Durham’s Oshawa Campus.

Special Services

People with physical, hearing, visual, and/or learning disabilities should contact the Access and Support Centre before they apply, and as soon as they have been accepted.

International Involvement

Interested students should contact our International Office at international@durhamcollege.ca.


The Durham College Student Association (DCSA) represents the views and rights of students. It also maintains and organizes several on-campus clubs and events including intramural sports, pub nights, and fund raisers. The DCSA operates out of the Durham College Student Centre, which features a 500 person pub, a lounge with a TV, a study hall, and a tuck shop with a used book exchange.

The Durham College Health and Wellness Centre offers many services including personal counselling, a physician's clinic, first aid, an allergy clinic, immunizations, TB testing, sexual health counselling, and laboratory services.

Modified on March 29, 2023