Some Freeeeeeeeeezing Facts!
Quite unlike our scorching Indian summers & crazy monsoons, Canada has four distinct seasons spanning the year - spring (the period of March-May); summer (the period of June-August); fall (the period of September-October); and winter (the period of November-February). Of course, we can’t talk about student life in Canada without mentioning their world renowned winters now, can we?
Watch out! Temperatures in the far north hardly rise above 0°C for a few months in a year-brrrr! But the country’s southern border sees hot summers, warm springs, and pleasant autumns for a good seven month-period before winter sets in. And when we say winter- we mean be prepared for a bitter onslaught of CHILL. The average low that a January in Ottawa could have is around -14.4 C. We don’t need to say it- but hey- that's pretty cold!
Here’s how to survive the cold…
- Always check the weather forecast before heading out. You don’t want to end up getting caught in a blizzard! Yikes.
- Take winter clothing off the “Items to Buy Later” list- you need to shop & pack in as many as possible. We suggest you invest in quality winter jackets, gloves, scarves, and boots.
- Never step out without dressing in layers.
- Frostbite is scary; ensure your fingers, toes, cheeks, or ears are not exposed to extremely cold temperatures even for a short period of time- ouch!
Canadian Dollahs $$$ eh !!!
Now let’s move on to the next most important aspect of your university life. The MONEY! Here are some recent finance stats we pulled out from our Canadian university database to give you an idea of the cost of living per year:
- Royal Roads University – CAD 14,292
- Dalhousie University- CAD 9,695
- Vancouver Island University- CAD 7,040
- Brandon University- CAD 8,400
- University of the Fraser Valley- CAD 8,320
- Concordia University- CAD 9,223
- The University of Winnipeg- CAD 11,331
- Brock University- CAD 9,558
- Ryerson University – CAD 10,865
And to add to this- we don’t want to bore you with too many details- so just have a quick look at how much you’d have to shell out on an average for your intended subject area of study…
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Feel @Home in Your Dorm?!
Next most important thing to focus on, post choosing your programme of study, is your accommodation. Many universities have residential halls or dorms on campus which you can choose to live in. You should check the university website for application deadlines and apply ASAP. Some Canadian universities offer optional meal plans which allow you to pay up-front for two or three meal tickets per day.
We advise you to stay on campus accommodation for the first two years of study. This way you can save up on transport, make friends with a wider circle of students, and find good study partners much more easily.
If however you’re looking for private accommodation, we suggest you check with the student union office or housing office on campus for a list of rental units nearby. Keep in mind that these may not be inspected by your uni and it is up to you to contact the landlord and get all your required details sorted. Accommodation costs per year could range from CAD 5,500 to 9,000.
Hire Me! Hire me!
As you scrolled through all the numbers- we’re sure you did the math and realized just how affordable education is in this Country- in comparison with some of the more popular options like the US or even the UK and Aus!
But we’re not done yet- there’s more good news! If you’d like to permanently immigrate to Canada, there is a possibility for you to do that- that’s right! It IS as easy as it sounds. Really! All you need to do is look for work opportunities post graduation. And in order for you to be able to work- you have to obtain what is known as a “Post- Graduation Work Permit” or the PGWPP. And-get this- you will be offered one even if you don’t have a job offer ready at hand!
Here’s a clear picture (literally!) of the work permit basics you need to know:
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The PGWPP’s validity will not be longer than the duration of the program you’re taking. If your study program is for four years, then you’d be eligible for a three-year work permit; or in case it is just an 8-months course- then you’d be able to work only for the period of eight months. So simple and yet so amazing (Thank you Canadian Government- Shukriya!)
And also, last but not least-we suggest you brush up on your pleases, sorrys and excuse mes as well- if you are serious about heading there. Canada is after all the land famous for its politeness now isn’t it?!Definitely take some time to read up about their local culture and mannerisms.
Well, so there you go- that brings us to the conclusion- these are the main highlights of student life in Canada for you. What more do you need to know to start packing those sweaters? Get started with your Canadian education right now...how you ask? Just give us a call- we’ll give you all the guidance you need- 1-800-103-9634 or 1-800-103-2581- absolutely free of cost. Just one call could change your student life forever!
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