A Guide to Preparing for Post-Secondary Education


Moving away from home is a pretty big deal, especially if you’re moving south for the first time. It could be tough, but with the right preparation, you can make your integration in a new setting easier.



Many schools will offer on campus residence to their students. This is a great way to meet new people and they are usually located close to your school. Sometimes you will share a room, kitchen or bathroom with others students. Or they will have a cafeteria on site where you can eat your meals. If this is something you’re interested in, apply as soon as possible because residence fills up quickly.


Tips for Living in Residence


  • Have you looked at the school website to find out if residence is offered?
  • Are rooms still available or will you have to be put on the waiting list?

Residence Details

  • What is the cost per month or semester?
  • Can you cook your own meals or will you be eating in a cafeteria?
  • Will you share a room or bathroom?
  • Can you share a dorm with a friend or will you have to be with other students?


If you prefer to live on your own or with a roommate, renting an apartment might be a better option for you. You should start looking at websites like www.kijiji.com, www.craigslist.com, or even www.google.ca “apartments for rent in *city*”. If you will visit the community or city before your program, you should make the time to see the apartments in person with someone you trust.

You can also rent a room in someone else’s home if you prefer or if there are no available rooms on residence or suitable apartments.


Tips for Renting

Personal Preferences

  • Will you be living on your own or with a roommate?
  • How many bedrooms will you need?
  • Do you want to rent a furnished (with furniture) or unfurnished (without furniture) apartment?

Location and Transportation

  • How far is the apartment from your school?
  • Can you walk or bike to school from the apartment or will you need to drive or take the bus?
  • Would you prefer to be in a busy area that is close to grocery stores and shopping centers or a quieter area with parks and green space?
  • Is the apartment situated in a safe neighborhood?

Apartment Details

  • Will you need to sign a lease and commit for at least 6 months or a year to living in the apartment?
  • Will you need to pay a damage deposit or the first and last months of rent before you move in?
  • Can you look at the apartment before moving in?