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NTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Welcome to Toronto! We’re excited to have you. We know moving to a new city can be scary, so we’re here to help you set up your essentials. Check out some of our helpful tips below. If you have any more questions, just ask.

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Bank account

Open a bank account here in Toronto and avoid foreign transaction fees. All you need is your passport and student ID (or Study Permit document if your ID hasn’t been issued yet).

There are six major banks nearby. Some offer student accounts and packages. Research your options to find the best combination for you.

TRANSPORTATION

Toronto’s public transit system is called the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).

This system includes underground subways, rapid transit (RT), streetcars and buses. The TTC website has route maps and a trip planner to help you find the most efficient route from one location to the next.

Other ways of getting around include Bixi bike share, Uber, taxi, Go Transit and Greyhound.

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Healthcare

If you’re an international student, registered full-time with a valid study permit, you’re required to enroll in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP).

UHIP coverage is valid for 12 months, running from September 1 to August 31 of each academic year. Services covered include hospital and physician services, x-rays and annual exams.

For a complete list of services, please connect with your institution’s International student support centre, or visit the UHIP website.

Phones

The province of Ontario has three major mobile phone service providers: Rogers, Bell, and Telus.

All have a retail outlet close to campus and carry budget-friendly brands like Koodo, Freedom and Fido.

Do some research to determine which plan is right for you. Choose a plan for a year or more. They offer less expensive calling than pay-as-you-go options.