Life in Vancouver:
Finding a home, settling in, getting around and
exploring the city

December 11 and 12, 2013
Graduate P...
The Lower Mainland
 Cities surrounding Vancouver include:
- Richmond, Delta (south)
- Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam,...
Deciding where to live: Vancouver
neighbourhoods
Main St. divides the city into east and west
Western neighbourhoods ten...
Neighbourhoods: Know your “Wests”
Pay attention to these names, as they refer to very different areas!
West Side: (ex. Ki...
West Side neighbourhoods
Kitsilano (Kits), Point Grey, Dunbar-Southlands, Fairview, Kerrisdale
 Closest neighbourhoods to...
East Vancouver neighbourhoods
East Van neighbourhoods generally
feature lower rents and a more diverse
population.
Direct ...
Downtown neighbourhoods
Easy access to transit, including direct buses to UBC
Approximate time to UBC using public transit...
Deciding where to live: Vancouver
neighbourhoods

Image from UBC Housing and Accommodations,
http://www.housing.ubc.ca/off...
Finding roommates and rental spaces
 Try connecting with other graduate students through the Graduate Studies
online foru...
Housing: Additional Costs
 Utilities (BC Hydro, internet, cable, cell phones, land lines)
Some apartments or basement sui...
Housing: Protecting yourself


Know your rights as a tenant: http://www.rto.gov.bc.ca/



Get your rental agreement in w...
Public transit
 U-Pass is included in your student fees and is good for all zones. See:
http://www.upass.ubc.ca/
 Only e...
Cycling in Vancouver
 Bike lanes/routes:
http://www.translink.ca/en/Cycling/Cycling-Routes.aspx
http://www.cyclevancouver...
Grocery Stores
 Around campus:
– Save on Foods; Safeway on 10th Ave
 Lower priced groceries around the city:
– Real Cana...
Grocery Stores
Best areas to purchase Ethnic/World Food:
Punjabi Market on South Main (Sunset neighbourhood)
Chinatown: ...
Clothes Shopping
 Brand-name clothing
– Downtown: Robson and Granville
– West 4th
– Malls: Metrotown (Burnaby), Park Roya...
Local Attractions
Beaches: Wreck Beach (clothing optional), Spanish Banks, Jericho
Beach, Kits Beach, English Bay, 1 + 2 ...
On Campus Attractions
Museum of Anthropology – world-renowned collection with a focus on First
Nations art and culture
B...
Resources / Tips
The graduate student forum is a great place to ask questions.
http://forum.grad.ubc.ca/viewtopic.php?f=5...
www.grad.ubc.ca
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  1. 1. Life in Vancouver: Finding a home, settling in, getting around and exploring the city December 11 and 12, 2013 Graduate Pathways to Success
  2. 2. The Lower Mainland  Cities surrounding Vancouver include: - Richmond, Delta (south) - Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge (east) - Surrey, Langley, White Rock (south-east) - West and North Vancouver (north, the “North Shore”)  Rent can be lower in these cities, but the commute to UBC will be much longer (1 to 2 hours by transit)
  3. 3. Deciding where to live: Vancouver neighbourhoods Main St. divides the city into east and west Western neighbourhoods tend to be more affluent; neighbourhoods to the east are more economical The Downtown Eastside (just east of downtown surrounding East Hastings St.) is not considered to be a desirable neighborhood due to crime, drug use, homelessness, etc. For more information on Vancouver neighbourhoods, check out: http://www.insidevancouver.ca/tag/604neighbourhoods/ Image from UBC Housing and Accommodations, http://www.housing.ubc.ca/off-campus-housing/deciding-where-to-live
  4. 4. Neighbourhoods: Know your “Wests” Pay attention to these names, as they refer to very different areas! West Side: (ex. Kitsilano, Point Grey, Kerrisdale, Shaughnessy) - the western part of Vancouver that is not downtown West End: the western, more residential section of the downtown area West Vancouver: to the north-west of Vancouver on the North Shore; not a suburb of Vancouver - transit to UBC will be longer and require transferring …but “East Side,” “East End” and “East Van” both mean East Vancouver
  5. 5. West Side neighbourhoods Kitsilano (Kits), Point Grey, Dunbar-Southlands, Fairview, Kerrisdale  Closest neighbourhoods to UBC  Rent can be higher here than neighbourhoods to the east... but the commute is much shorter  Quick and easy access to campus and downtown by bus Safe  Access to beaches and parks  Many basement suites and small, low-rise apartment buildings  Mix of well-cared for older homes and large, “April in Vancouver” by iwona_kellie; http://www.flickr.com/photos/iwona_kellie/8663677472/in/photostream/ new homes
  6. 6. East Vancouver neighbourhoods East Van neighbourhoods generally feature lower rents and a more diverse population. Direct bus routes to UBC are available, but the commute will be longer than in western neighbourhoods (approx. 60 minutes) Some neighbourhoods are:  Grandview (incl. Commercial Drive) -A diverse, bohemian area; home to many affordable restaurants -Little Italy: Italian coffee shops, pizza, fresh cheese markets  Mount Pleasant - Popular with young professionals, first-time home buyers & artists - Main St. is popular for vintage clothing shopping, restaurants Photo by DennisSylvesterHurd http://www.flickr.com/photos/den nissylvesterhurd/2619116195/
  7. 7. Downtown neighbourhoods Easy access to transit, including direct buses to UBC Approximate time to UBC using public transit is 40 minutes  West End - Home to Vancouver’s vibrant LGBTQ village - Close to parks and beaches - Densely populated; mainly apartments and condos  Yaletown - High rent apartments and condos - Trendy restaurants, bars, and boutiques
  8. 8. Deciding where to live: Vancouver neighbourhoods Image from UBC Housing and Accommodations, http://www.housing.ubc.ca/off-campus-housing/deciding-where-to-live
  9. 9. Finding roommates and rental spaces  Try connecting with other graduate students through the Graduate Studies online forum (forum.grad.ubc.ca)  Current or graduating students in your program may know about available rooms / apartments  Online resources include: AMS Rentsline: http://www.amsrentsline.com/ - www.rentalhomes4students.com; Craigslist; Padmapper; - www.eslrent.com (International students)  Be cautious and beware of scams: do not send money, banking or personal information  The turn around time for rental units is fast  Apartments and suites available to rent will be posted throughout the month
  10. 10. Housing: Additional Costs  Utilities (BC Hydro, internet, cable, cell phones, land lines) Some apartments or basement suites will include specific utilities in the rent, others will not  Laundry (Is it coin-operated or free? Will you have to go to a Laundromat?)  Damage or safety deposit: this should be no more than half a month's rent and will be refunded when you move out if you leave the apartment or suite clean and have not caused damage. Ask for a receipt when you pay this.  Renter’s insurance is highly recommended (minimal cost)  Furniture -used: Craigslist, Kijiji, garage sales -new: Ikea (2 locations), etc.
  11. 11. Housing: Protecting yourself  Know your rights as a tenant: http://www.rto.gov.bc.ca/  Get your rental agreement in writing  Document all existing damage with photographs: This could help you get your damage deposit back when you move out.  Vancouver Bedbug Registry http://bedbugregistry.com/metro/vancouver/
  12. 12. Public transit  U-Pass is included in your student fees and is good for all zones. See: http://www.upass.ubc.ca/  Only exact change if paying cash on a bus (e.g. visitors)  Translink: http://www.translink.ca/ See for schedules, maps, Trip Planner, Transit 101, etc. - Google maps can also plan transit trips  Major express bus lines: 99 B-line (express along Broadway), 44 (express UBC to downtown on W 4th), 84, 480  Skytrain: Canada Line (downtown to Richmond and airport), Expo Line (Surrey, New West, Burnaby, Vancouver), Millennium Line (Coquitlam, New West, Burnaby, Vancouver).  Sea Bus: Connects the North Shore to downtown Vancouver  Stand up / wave to stop bus at bus stop  Red stop button / cord on windows to request stop
  13. 13. Cycling in Vancouver  Bike lanes/routes: http://www.translink.ca/en/Cycling/Cycling-Routes.aspx http://www.cyclevancouver.ubc.ca/cv.aspx  Best Bike Trails in Vancouver and Beyond http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/08/best-bike-trailsvancouver_n_3386973.html  City of Vancouver Bike Projects http://vancouver.ca/streetstransportation/separated-bicycle-lanes.aspx  AMS Bike Coop  Get a good lock and always use it  Helmets are mandatory and lights are strongly recommended  Do not ride on the sidewalk unless signs are posted allowing you to  It’s easy to combine cycling and transit: buses have bike racks on the front and the Canada Line has designated spaces for bikes
  14. 14. Grocery Stores  Around campus: – Save on Foods; Safeway on 10th Ave  Lower priced groceries around the city: – Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills, Walmart, T & T, independent fruit stands  Organic and specialty items - Whole Foods, Choices, Greens (these can be expensive)  Fresh, local produce: - Farmer’s markets, Granville Island  Costco (requires a membership) - bulk food
  15. 15. Grocery Stores Best areas to purchase Ethnic/World Food: Punjabi Market on South Main (Sunset neighbourhood) Chinatown: just east of downtown Kingsway: Asian and South Asian foods Greektown: West Broadway Little Italy: Commercial Drive Richmond (Golden Village): Chinese H-Mart (downtown, Richmond, Coquitlam) is a Korean grocery store T&T (downtown, Metrotown Mall) Asian foods See also: http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2010/09/18/bestethnic-grocery-stores-in-vancouver-chefs-choices/
  16. 16. Clothes Shopping  Brand-name clothing – Downtown: Robson and Granville – West 4th – Malls: Metrotown (Burnaby), Park Royal (North Van), Richmond Centre (Richmond), Pacific Centre (downtown)  Boutiques – Main St. (new and vintage) – Commercial Drive – South Granville – West 4th
  17. 17. Local Attractions Beaches: Wreck Beach (clothing optional), Spanish Banks, Jericho Beach, Kits Beach, English Bay, 1 + 2 Beach Mountains: Grouse, Cypress, Seymour, Whistler Parks: Pacific Spirit Park, Stanley Park and the seawall Museums: Vancouver Art Gallery, Telus World of Science, Museum of Vancouver, Maritime Museum Vancouver Aquarium (in Stanley Park) Granville Island Lots of free festivals: Italian Days on Commercial Drive, Greek Day on W. Broadway, Khatsalano music festival in Kitsilano, Car Free Day on Main St and Commercial Drive…and more
  18. 18. On Campus Attractions Museum of Anthropology – world-renowned collection with a focus on First Nations art and culture Beaty Biodiversity Museum – Natural history museum Rose Garden – beautiful view of the oceans and mountains; a great place to eat your lunch when the weather is nice Nitobe Japanese Memorial Garden – authentic Japanese garden and Tea house Botanical Garden Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery – contemporary art School of Music – check their website for events; some are free Chan Centre for the Performing Arts – music and theatrical performances; students under 25 can get discounted tickets UBC Library: Rare Books and Special Collections and the Chung Collection
  19. 19. Resources / Tips The graduate student forum is a great place to ask questions. http://forum.grad.ubc.ca/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=139 Rent varies across the city, but our cost calculator can give you a rough idea about how much living and studying in Vancouver will cost: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/tuition-fees-cost-living/cost-living Orientation events for Graduate Students – first week of January http://orientation.grad.ubc.ca/resources/  Other ideas for places to go and things to do: http://www.tourismvancouver.com/  Take a free workshop from Graduate Pathways to Success https://www.grad.ubc.ca/gps
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