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Life in vancouver summer 2015


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Life in vancouver summer 2015

  1. 1. Life in Vancouver: Finding a home, settling in, getting around and exploring the city July 7 and 8, 2015 Graduate Pathways to Success
  2. 2. Metro Vancouver ancouver-Municipalities-Population.jpg UBC
  3. 3. Deciding where to live: Vancouver neighbourhoods Main St. (red line) 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: neighbourhoods/ Image from UBC Housing and Accommodations,
  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 …but “East Side,” “East End” and “East Van” all mean East Vancouver 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
  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 + large, new homes “April in Vancouver” by iwona_kellie;
  6. 6. East Vancouver neighbourhoods  Lower rents and a more diverse population.  Direct bus routes to UBC  Commute will be longer (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 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 - 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,
  9. 9. Finding roommates and rental spaces  Try connecting with other graduate students in your program  Current or graduating students in your program may know about available rooms / apartments  Online resources include: AMS Rentsline: -; Craigslist; Padmapper; - (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:  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
  12. 12. Public transit  U-Pass is included in your student fees and is good for all zones. See:  Only exact change if paying cash on a bus (e.g. visitors)  Translink: 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: maps-and-trip-planner.aspx  Best Bike Trails in Vancouver and Beyond vancouver_n_3386973.html  City of Vancouver Bike Projects transportation/separated-bicycle-lanes.aspx  AMS Bike Coop  Get a good lock and always use it. A U-lock is best.  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.  Taxi If you want to take a taxi from the airport to UBC, there is 24-hour taxi service from the airport. The fare to UBC is around $45 Canadian dollars. Possibly worth the extra cost if you have a lot of luggage.  Public transportation You can also take the Canada Line, a rapid-transit system that runs frequently from the airport to downtown Vancouver. There will be signs within the airport directing you to the Canada Line. From the Canada Line, you will need to get off at Broadway City Hall and take the “99 UBC B-Line” bus west to the UBC campus. UBC is the last stop on the 99. Getting to UBC from the Airport
  15. 15. Grocery Stores  Around campus: – Save on Foods; Safeway on 10th Ave  Lower priced groceries around the city: – Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills, Walmart  Organic and specialty items - Whole Foods, Choices, Greens  Fresh, local produce: - Farmer’s markets, Granville Island, fruit stands  Costco (requires a membership) - bulk food granville island berries by jordan junck,
  16. 16. Groceries 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: ethnic-grocery-stores-in-vancouver-chefs-choices/
  17. 17. Culture of Vancouver  Get outdoors Go for a hike, lounge on the beach, take a walk…  Explore So many things to see and do!  Be prepared for the rain A quality umbrella is a beautiful thing  Reduce, reuse, recycle Be eco-friendly  Embrace other cultures Vancouver is a multicultural city  Be open! Celebrate what makes people unique Stanley Park Totem Poles by David Davies
  18. 18. 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 Vancouver Aquarium (in Stanley Park) Granville Island Museums: Vancouver Art Gallery, Telus World of Science, Museum of Vancouver, Maritime Museum 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 Vancouver Science World by Franco Ng,
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. Resources / Tips 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: Orientation events for Graduate Students:  Other ideas for places to go and things to do:  Take a free workshop from Graduate Pathways to Success
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