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Top 5 Priorities for Your First Week in Canada

This guide lists the most important things that newcomers should do in their first week to make sure they have an easy shift.

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Top 5 Priorities for Your First Week in Canada: Starting your journey as a student from another country in Canada is a big step. This guide lists the most important things that newcomers should do in their first week to make sure they have an easy shift and a good start to their studies in the country. Check out the top 5 things you should do to have a smooth first week as a student in Canada, from getting used to the school to finding your way around.

A lot of people from other countries come to Canada with plans to stay for a while. Besides going to school, they are moving to build a job, settle down, and plan their future in this country. Make sure that your actions are aligned with your long-term goals as an international student. Early on in the trip of an international student, some basic steps that can make a big difference are missed. Foreign students can do some things that will make a big difference in their success, even in their first few days. These five steps will help you succeed.

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Top 5 Priorities for Your First Week in Canada

Sign up for college or university

To ensure your education will help you succeed in the long run, make sure you are a student.

Some international students may finish their legal registration before they come to Canada. You will get your student ID card during this process. This card lets you use all of the school facilities. Furthermore, this ID comes with extra benefits: many businesses and events in Canada offer discounts to students who show their university or college ID as proof of identity. If you sign up for school early when you get to Canada, you can start saving money right away.

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Set up your living situation.

International students usually get housing on campus, but off-campus choices may be more appealing to them because they are cheaper and closer to family and friends. Still, international students need to find housing in Canada quickly. Stable living makes it easier to be comfortable and focus on school. In addition to housing help, many groups offer websites and other services. Students could also check out websites like Kijiji and Facebook Marketplace to see if they have any rental options. As soon as the rooms are finished, the student will be able to easily fit in with Canadian student life and will be in a good mood to do well in school.

Set up a bank account.

As soon as they get to Canada, international students need to open a bank account so that they can pay their bills and spend money on daily items. Also, having a bank account is necessary for Canadian foreign students whose study pass includes permission to work.

The majority of Canadian towns have banks, credit unions, and foreign banks that offer services to students. It’s a good idea to compare your options and pick the best banking option for you from Canadian banks. To do business and follow the law while in school in Canada, you need to open a bank account.

Get a Social Security number.

Foreign students who want to work in Canada while they are there for school must get a Social Insurance Number (SIN), just like people who want to open a bank account. The Service Canada office closest to your home place is where you can get this important number. Don’t forget that you can get a SIN with a foreign passport and study approval. To receive payment from your company, you must have this secret number. The average foreign student in Canada works 20 hours per week during the school year and 40 hours during holidays.

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Get a cell phone or a phone line.

To stay in touch with family and friends in Canada and abroad, these students need a Canadian number. The variety of cellphone plans and products available in Canada makes it possible to meet the needs of every customer.

Cell phone companies in Canada offer a wide range of plans with unlimited minutes and data for talking and texting within Canada. Before choosing a carrier or plan, you should carefully consider all of your options. Several Canadian cell phone companies offer extras that let users make foreign calls.

Post-paid phone plans in this country usually require Canadian credit. Occasionally, carriers may offer post-paid plans to international students with good foreign credit scores. You can choose pre-paid plans if this isn’t possible, and work to improve your credit score to switch later to post-paid.

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