Life at Niagara
Niagara College operates from specialized campuses located in the heart of the vibrant Niagara region – a world-famous address that offers easy access to a wide range of shopping, entertainment, amateur and professional sport, sightseeing, cycling, festivals and more. Toronto is just 90 minutes away, and Buffalo is 30 minutes away. With nearby Lake Ontario and Lake Erie joined by the Niagara River, the region offers beaches and the magnificent Niagara Falls.
The Welland Campus, set on 100 acres of green space, is home to programs in technology, skilled trades, broadcasting, communications, health and community, policing and public safety, and automotive. It is home to a new, state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing innovation centre, applied health institute, as well as a Niagara Centre YMCA, the Children's Safety Village and a Niagara Regional Police training centre.
The Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus provides state-of-the-art facilities and living labs for its environmental, horticulture, hospitality and tourism, and business programs. The Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus is also home to the Wine Visitor + Education Centre, the award-winning Niagara College Teaching Winery - the first commercial teaching winery in Canada, the Niagara College Teaching Brewery, and the Niagara College Teaching Distillery, all of which are part of Niagara College's Canadian Food and Wine Institute.
Take a virtual tour of Niagara College's campuses at niagaracollege.ca/virtualtour/.
Learning environments come in many trailblazing forms at Niagara College. On-campus learning enterprises are a living laboratory for NC students, offering unparalleled opportunities to apply skills learned in the classroom in environments that are open to the public for business. Funds from the enterprises, in turn, are directed to support student learning.
NC’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute is not only home to Benchmark teaching restaurant, but Canada's first and only commercial Teaching Winery, first Teaching Brewery as well as the first Teaching Distillery, which opened in 2018.
The College’s hairstyling students learn at an on-campus salon, while the on-campus apiaries are always buzzing with activity for Commercial Beekeeping students.
On-campus learning doesn’t get more ‘real world’ than this!
Niagara College's Student Administrative Council offers a wide range of events, activities and clubs that enhance campus life and create opportunities to explore new interests and meet new friends. NC SAC also runs student centres at each campus – The Armoury at Niagara-on-the-Lake and The Core at Welland. The student centres offer food and beverage service and play host to pub nights and other activities throughout the year.
Niagara College also offers recreational Athletics and Recreation programs that support wellness and active lifestyles, and a well-established varsity athletics program – the Niagara College Knights from Athletics and Recreation, fitness facilities, to student clubs and activities, Niagara College’s vibrant and friendly culture offers students endless opportunities to get involved in student life.
NC has an entire department dedicated to helping our students get involved, both on campus and in the community! Check out the Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership.
The college rewards student leadership, volunteering and involvement (on and off-campus) through its Co-Curricular Record. The CCR officially documents students’ validated co-curricular involvement during their time at the College.
Research and Innovation
Students can gain valuable work experience by connecting with businesses in their field through NC Research & Innovation. The College’s R&I Division collaborates with local businesses to conduct innovative research projects in various specializations.
Be World Ready
Students from around the world are drawn to Niagara College. The college welcomes more than 3,000 international students from more than 100 different countries to its Niagara campuses each year.
The College also offers its students a global experience are offered a global experience with a ‘Be World Ready’ focus. A number of work abroad and study abroad experiences, as well as shorter-term International field studies are available for students and staff in all program areas.
Niagara Student Housing
Niagara College's Welland Campus residence offers 117 double suites, while the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus residence offers 101 double suites. Each double suite is equipped with a bathroom and kitchenette (table, chairs, refrigerator and microwave). Each bedroom contains a double bed, desk and work area, drawer and closet space, as well as cable TV, internet, phone and light housekeeping. New for 2019! Quad rooms are available in a limited number.
Furnished lounges with TV, pool table and games, study rooms and social areas are also provided.
Niagara College can also students with off-campus housing through online housing boards.
Employment and Entrepreneurial Support
NC’s Community Employment Services office helps connect job seekers with employers and offers support services and resources for job seekers, as well as for co-op opportunities.
Niagara Student Services
Committed to the success of its students from day one to graduation, NC offers a wide range of services including:
- Career planning and advisement and employment support
- Health Services
- First Nation Student Services
- Financial Aid and Awards
- Health, Wellness and Accessibility Services and Centre for Students with Disabilities
- Co-op Services
- Peer tutoring
And much more! View Niagaracollege.ca for complete student services information.
Programs at Niagara