Skip Header Navigation

Skip Breadcrumb Links  
Immigrating to Canada > Upon Arrival > International Students

International Students

You are on: Get Organized

Get Organized

What an exciting time! You’ve arrived in Canada and are about to start your studies. While these first few days and weeks must seem overwhelming, tackling a few tasks each day will help you get settled quickly. Here are some tips that will help you get organized.

Expand - Find off-campus housing Find off-campus housing

Expand - Save money on public transit Save money on public transit

You are on: Prepare for School

Prepare for School

There are a lot of ways you can prepare for your new student life, beginning with attending your school’s orientation session. This is recommended in most Canadian post-secondary schools and for good reason: you’ll learn about what to expect from your courses, how to find the services that you need as well as about all the clubs, organizations, programs and services your school has to offer. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other students from abroad.

Here are some more useful tips:

Expand - Use your library for free Internet and other services Use your library for free Internet and other services

Expand - Check out International Student Associations and networks Check out International Student Associations and networks

Expand - Consider getting a part time job on campus Consider getting a part time job on campus

You are on: Arrange Finances

Arrange Finances

Now that you're in Canada, the first thing you'll want to do is open a bank account, if you haven't already. As an international student, we recommend you open your account in person at a bank branch.

Here are a few more things you might want to consider when it comes time to set up your finances:

Expand - Set up your bank account Set up your bank account

Expand - Choosing from different account types Choosing from different account types

Expand - Protecting your valuables with a safe deposit box Protecting your valuables with a safe deposit box

Expand - Create a budget to help manage day-to-day expenses Create a budget to help manage day-to-day expenses

You are on: Apply for Services

Apply for Services

While you can wait until you're more settled to apply for some government programs and services, here are a few that you might want to look into right away.

Expand - Applying for a S.I.N. Card Applying for a S.I.N. Card

Expand - Health Insurance Health Insurance

Social Networking Icons

 

Contact Us

In Canada

  • Call 1–800–769–2511 for service in over 200 languages
  • Visit a Branch
 

Outside of North America

  • Call us collect at 1–506–864–2275 and we can speak to you in the language of your choice.