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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Off-campus living

The university provides off-campus living resources and assistance for students, landlords and residents. From transit to housing to general inquiries about living off campus, our team can help you.

For more information, email

Durham Region Transit (DRT) 

  • Common routes to campus: 310, 401(B&C), 416, 417, 420, 910, 915 and 950
  • PRESTO and DRT information
  • U-Pass information

GO Bus services to campus:

  1. 52 – 407 East GO Bus
  2. 93 – Durham College/University of Ontario Institute of Technology/Scarborough Express GO Bus
  3. GO System maps
  4. List of stations and bus stops by city
  5. Trip Planner

In addition to other living options, International students have an opportunity to be a part of a homestay program. A homestay is an opportunity for an international or exchange student to live with a host family in their home that provides you with a warm and welcoming stay where you feel supported during your time in Canada. 

These host families (and their homes) have gone through an application and screening process to make sure they are suitable for hosting  Ontario Tech Students.

Our university's homestay program is operated by the Canada Homestay Network (CHN).

The university does not manage rental listings. The rental listing website we recommend is This website provides a place where students can find rental listings near the university, post a sublet, or find roommates. Landlords can also post their rental unit(s).

We've created downloadable checklists to guide you through your off-campus living journey - from determining your needs, choosing a place to live, and moving in.

Housing Information

  • Tenant information  Learn about the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA), Municipal by-laws, information sessions you can attend, and other useful relevant tenant tips provided by the City of Oshawa.
  • Residential Rental Housing Licensing (RRHL)  Be familiar with the City of Oshawa’s Residential Rental Housing By-law, which has special rules for properties near campus. It is important to ensure that you live in a licensed home.

Legal Information and Support