On an appearance on the late night Canadian talk show Open Mike with Mike Bullard, Gosling told of how he was bullied in elementary school he attended East Front Public School in Cornwall). His mother withdrew him from school and taught him at home from the age of ten. While Gosling's mother was Mormon, he was not raised in a strictly devout household and never really identified with Mormonism. After returning to the public system he went to Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School. The family then relocated to Burlington, Ontario, where Ryan attended Lester B. Pearson High School (Burlington). Gosling dropped out at age seventeen.
When Gosling first came to live in Los Angeles in 1997, he was given a place to stay at the West Hollywood apartment of Director Ron Oliver (Goosebumps & Breaker High).