Tips & Tricks
Maps: A useful tool no matter where you go!
A map is a really great way to learn your new community before you arrive. It can ease anxieties about not knowing where to go. Most community websites contain a map of important places around town, and tell you about the different kinds of transportation available in town. Think about using public buses or rail lines. These may be scary at first, but they will save you money in the long run.
If the community you are heading to does not have an airport located nearby, you should talk to the post secondary school and see what they suggest for how to get to campus from the airport. The Student Centers are there to help support students and they may even have a shuttle or service that will pick you up and bring you directly to the school.
Otherwise Google Maps can help you find the best mode of transportation from the airport to your school. Post Secondary schools are also on coach bus routes that also pick up from the airport or rail stations. See Tools and Resources for bus and rail companies.
If you have never been to a large airport before and the thought of navigating through it makes you nervous or anxious, go to their website and look at their map. It can help let you know where you need to go.
Downloading the map of campus will also help ease uncertainties in those first few days of school. If you are on campus a few days before, take your map and find out where your classes are, where the Indigenous Student Center is located and most importantly, the nearest coffee shop!
Get a monthly pass for the bus or transit system in your community. This will save you a lot of money. Using a taxi all the time will eat up your money. Uber will be cheaper, but still cost a lot of money.
WISE ADVICE: NEVER take Uber or Taxi alone at night. If you have to, sit in the back seat behind the driver. This will keep you safer if the driver tries to do something inappropriate. In that seat they cannot reach you as easily.
Tools & Resources
Transportation from Airport/Rail Station to New Community
If you are arriving to your new home via rail or airport you may be able to catch a quick Uber, Taxi or city bus or lite rail to your new home. However, sometimes the school you have chosen may not be located a quick drive away, and paying for a 200km Taxi ride is not in the budget!
Depending on what province you are in your best bet may be to catch a local coach bus: Greyhound (ON), Maritime Bus (NB,NS, PEI)
Transportation in your Community
Keep in mind that using Uber, Lyft or a Taxi can be super convenient, however, get super expensive quickly. If you plan your time well you could walk or bike to your destination, or take the local bus or lite rail. These are much cheaper options, saving you money in the long run and a great way to see your new community.
Keep Uber, Taxi and Lyft for late at night when walking should not be an option.
Some campus have a SAFE DRIVE program which will bring you from campus to you home (distance depending) if you are on campus late at night.
Useful Transportation Apps & Websites
**Community not listed? Search "Community Name" and Transit to find your local transportation authority.
App: Google Maps
Google Maps is also a fantastic tool to help you navigate a new community. You can enter addresses or look up locations of places you want to go and find the best route whether it is by car, public transportation, walking or biking.
You can also download the map of your area for offline use. Great for if you are in the Metro in Montreal or the TTC Subway, which are both underground.