Studying and Living in Canada
It is always best to stay on campus. Not only are the basic amenities easily accessible but also on-campus life allows students to gradually integrate into the student community under the guidance of peers and staff. If on campus option is not available then one should look for the home-stays or rented accommodation. Home-stays provide family life and are usually cheaper than on campus accommodation. Depending on your location, home-stays usually cost 800-1000USD a month on single occupancy room basis, including meals. Students who decide to rent an apartment can also get valuable help from the university student association.
Some universities have their own credit union or other banking services. Before opening an account, find out which banks are near where you would live and study. It may be difficult to open an account from overseas, so take enough money with you to live on until you can open a US account and arrange for funds to be transferred from home.
Getting ready for different destination and living alone should be prepared with basic necessities. As a student you plan accordingly, prepare a list of things which you will need initially. Make sure your baggage should include seasonally and appropriate clothing, insurance documents, medical prescription back up supply and letter from doctor.
It is a good idea to take a few small mementos of home with you - photos of friends and family will brighten your room and remind you of what you’re temporarily leaving behind. Ensure that you have the right clothes to battle the change of seasons.
When you first arrive, it is expected that you will be calling home frequently. It is essential to check your phone’s compatibility with US mobile operators, as some phones don’t work in the US. With diverse choices of handsets and monthly plans, you can enjoy variety in handsets, operators and competitive costs. Since most prepaid connections require a Social Security card, a prepaid connection is cost effective and a convenient alternative.
Internet & Email Access
Usually college campus is fully equipped with Wi-Fi. Students do get access in the college campus. But it’s better to have a personal laptop. You can check out the details at your university’s book store.
Why Study in Canada
Canada's post-secondary opportunities revolve around a wide range of University options. Throughout Canada's 13 provinces and territories, there are 72 universities to choose from.
The top reasons to study in Canada are:
- The cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower than in other countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom.
- A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is globally recognized as being equivalent to those obtained from the United States or Commonwealth countries.
- The United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live. As an international student in Canada, you’ll enjoy all of the same freedoms which protect Canadian’s respect for human rights, equality, and a stable and peaceful society.
- Since research is one of the key components of a Canadian post-secondary education, you’ll have ample opportunity to become a part of this vibrant aspect of education.
- International students with Canadian credentials and Canadian work experience may apply for permanent residency without having to leave Canada.
- Ranked as one of the best places in the world to live by the United Nations.
- Possibility of Permanent Residency after study.
- Post Study Work Permit for up to 3 years after study.
- A peaceful, politically stable and safe country.
- Lower tuition fees than many comparable programs in the US and UK.