Canadian winters are famously cold and long, so you may find yourself picking a lot of indoor activities. Going to the cinema is a cheap and best way to spend an evening and movie nights with friends at the weekend is a common habit with students in Canada.
You may get Seasonal Affective Disorder, known as SAD, particularly if you are moving from a warmer country. Mild depression that caused by a lack of sunlight and symptoms include low mood, homesickness and a lack of motivation. To counteract this, make sure that you get outside at least once a day, and if you really miss a warmer climate, why not visit Toronto’s Allan Gardens, which is a big indoor greenhouse.
International students pay around three times as much as Canadian born students, with Ontario universities having the most expensive tuition fees in Canada.
If you don’t drink much coffee, you will soon love coffee shops like Tim Horton’s as Canadian students.
Be prepared to still be wearing your winter clothes for up to six months as winter in Canada can last from November right through to April. So make sure that you stock up on winter woollies and bright scarves.
You will get frustrated with the Toronto Transit Commission along with every other student, as while it is generally efficient, there are always service disruptions due to repair or maintenance.
You can have breakfast at any time of the day or night in Toronto. Canadian breakfasts are famously hearty and can include pancakes, hash browns as well as eggs and bacon. Many restaurants serve breakfast as an evening meal if that is what you fancy. Don’t forget to try delicious maple syrup with your pancakes. `
Never call a Canadian an American; they won’t be happy about it. Many Canadians are very proud of their roots and will cheerily tell you all about their Greek granny or their Scottish dad, and they will be very curious about where you come from too.
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Toronto is a fantastic city in which to study, with great universities and a very lively nightlife, with plenty of bars, restaurants, concerts, and clubs to suit all tastes. Just remember to enjoy the beautiful scenery outside the city, to avoid feeling SAD, and you will have a fantastic time as an international student in Canada.
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