Other services

There are many Brock services available for Graduate Students – see link to Faculty of Graduate Studies for a full list. Some of services provided exclusively to Graduate Students are listed below:

The University Ombudsperson is a confidential, independent and impartial service for students, faculty, staff, prospective students and persons connected to Brock University. The Ombudsperson can support people who have complaints or concerns by providing resources and advice, facilitating communication, assisting with informal problem solving, assisting with appeal procedures and investigating concerns. When appropriate, the Ombudsperson may also make recommendations on changes to University policies or procedures.  https://brocku.ca/ombuds/

Brock Students automatically receive a “Basic” gym membership, which includes access to the aquatic centre, the gymnasia, track, squash and tennis courts. Registered Graduate students also have access to the “Zone” Fitness Centre, including use of all cardio and weight equipment, fitness classes and spinning classes.

As well, grad students are entitled to an orientation to the Zone session with a certified personal trainer. This is booked in advance at the desk in the Zone. To access the Zone, please show your Brock University Student ID card at the Cage to get an identifying wristband each time you use the Zone.

For more information and hours see please visit the Recreation website.

Welcome to Brock University Library

We are here to support your work as students, researchers, and instructors.

The James A. Gibson Library is the largest location of the Brock Library and comprises 7 floors of the Schmon Tower. Floor 2 of the library is the Matheson Learning Commons. It includes individual and group study spaces as well as desktop computers for your use. Printing and scanning are available at multi-function copiers on this floor and some upper floors. The Indigenous collection, Wellness and Popular Reading collections and the Ask Us desk (circulation services, research help, course readings services) are also floor 2.

Spaces for the exclusive use of graduate students are located on the 6th floor and include a study room with 22 individual carrels and a bookable meeting room. Access to these rooms is available by keypad entry. You will receive your code via email from the GSA office. Sixty lockers are also available for your use. Applications for a locker key are accepted each September.

The Map, Data & GIS Library is in the Mackenzie Chown complex, and the Makerspace and Digital Scholarship Lab are in the Rankin Family Pavilion.

The Omni system is your academic search engine for scholarly journal articles, print and e-books, archival materials and more.  Brock University is one of 16 Omni libraries in Ontario. This collaborative approach enables you to access over 23 million print books at Brock and from our partners. In addition to Omni, the library subscribes to over 400 subject-specific databases including streaming audio and video resources, data and statistics tools, reference, and news sources.

Librarians and support staff are available to assist you in-person at the Ask Us desk, the Map, Data & GIS Library (MC C-306), and in the Makerspace, the Digital Scholarship Lab and the Archives and Special Collections (Floor 10). Appointments can be made for one-on-one research consultations, either in person or online. The Ask a Librarian service offers assistance via chat and you can always email the library.

The Library Makerspace offers skills-training in 3D modelling and printing, podcasting, video production, photography and more. Some equipment is available to borrow as well.

The Digital Scholarship Lab offers training in programming languages, data visualization and research data management. It supports the entire life cycle of scholarly research from initial data collection to final storage in the Brock University Digital Repository.

As you develop your own unique research projects, learn how to keep track of the latest scholarly literature in your discipline and receive assistance with systematic reviews and evidence synthesis research. Establishing your scholar profile, exploring where to publish for the most impact and guidance on copyright issues are provided by Brock University librarians and staff. Learn more by attending one of our workshops.

Your work as seminar leaders and lab demonstrators is supported by the Teaching & Learning Librarians. Watch for library presentations as part of the Teaching Assistant Certificate program from the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation.

Maintaining balance as you study and teach is so necessary. Wellness resources and programming are a new area of focus at the library and one which we encourage you to explore for your own benefit and those of your students.

Connect with us on our social media channels or reach out any time. We look forward to working with you.

As the leading provider of group home and car insurance, TD understands how important it is to save wherever you can. As a Brock graduate student, you can benefit from special privileges, such as preferred group rates, enhanced coverage and flexible limits, through an exclusive group insurance program through TD Insurance Meloche Monnex.

You will benefit from a wide range of products and services to cover all of your automobile, home, and travel needs. Request a free, no-obligation online quote today. For more details, visit the website or call (toll-free) 1-866-258-3036.  Make sure that you identify yourself as a “Current Brock Graduate Student”. If you are a Brock Alumni, please request your Alumni Card first, and check out other discounts that are available to you.

Follow these steps to make getting to school easy:
  • Get a GO approved Student ID card through GO Transit or at your school
  • Pick up a re-loadable PRESTO card wherever you buy GO tickets
  • Set up your PRESTO card for Student Fares and save at least 18%*
  • Sign up for On the GO alerts to get all the service updates
  • Make sure you always have enough money on your PRESTO card to get where you need to go

Remember to always travel with your GO-issued student ID!

For all students, a separate PRESTO card with the student concession is required to benefit from the GO Transit student fare discount. The GO Transit Student ID is only considered valid student identification when traveling with a student discount fare using PRESTO.


Registered full-time students  may apply for an electronic GO Transit-issued Student ID using the online application. Please ensure you are fully registered/enrolled at your institution before applying for a GO Transit Student ID.

The GO Transit Student ID webpage

Luxart Studios will be on campus throughout the year taking grad photos. To make your grad photo appointment please go to the Brock Grads website. Dates are posted online as the year progresses.

Check the Brock webpage for information on local attractions, shopping, entertainment and community events.

All research and teaching that involves the inclusion of human subjects, animal care, radiation, biohazardous material, and field safety as described below must comply with Brock University’s Policies and Procedures.   Read More

Brock Off-Campus Living (OCL) offers housing information to students, landlords, and residents, as well as resources for finding accommodations, landlord/tenant issues, neighborhood relations, and help mediating housemate conflicts. Brock OCL hosts a free listing service for students to find rental properties and post advertisements for sublets/housemates which can be found by visiting brockocl.ca. More information about off-campus living resources and supports can be found by visiting the Student Life Involvement Commons in MCA 204, or online at https://brocku.ca/student-life/off-campus-living/.

Graduate students at Brock passed a referendum in April 2004 in favour of participating in the Universal Bus Pass program. As a result, all full-time graduate students will be charged on their tuition for the U-pass fee for September to April.



The GSA would like to assist Graduate Students with the cost of a Spring Pass (May and June) or the Spring/ Summer Pass (May to August), from the St. Catharines Transit. In wanting to financially assist graduate students with this purchase, we will be holding a random draw for 40 qualified graduate students, enrolled in the Spring/Summer term, to receive a $50 subsidy for their purchase. You must meet the criteria listed below to qualify.


  1. Must be a current registered Brock Graduate Student for the Spring/Summer 2022 term
  2. Must purchase the St. Catharines Transit Spring Pass for $200 or Spring/Summer Pass for $290
  3. Must provide the following documentation to the GSA Office (MC-C302) by Friday, May 27, 4 p.m. (EDT), if successful in the draw:
    1. The original receipt for the purchase of the St. Catharines Transit Spring pass or Spring/Summer pass
    2. The original Spring pass or Spring/Summer pass
    3. Your Brock Student ID card

To be considered for the draw, please provide your full name, student ID number and brock email to gsaoffice@brocku.ca. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 13 at 4 p.m. (EDT). Only one submission per student.

All names will be drawn and notified on Monday, May 16. Upon notification, you will have until Friday, May 27, 4 p.m. (EDT), to provide proof of purchase and registration as noted above. If the documents are not provided by the deadline, the subsidy will be awarded to the next randomly selected recipient.

Bus passes are available the St. Catharines Transit Commission, 70 Carlisle Street, St. Catharines ONLY. Passes will become available for purchase at the end of April. For any questions regarding Spring/Summer transit, please call the St. Catharines Transit Commission at (905) 687-5555, or fill out their online form.

Learn more about U-Pass