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  • 2018/7/9 7:35
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The city of Toronto consists of six major regions, Toronto, Scarborough, North York, East York, York and Etobicoke. The Greater Toronto Area is also known as the GTA. The Toronto people say that the GTA may be different from what you think. GTA is also the Greater Toronto area outside of Toronto and includes some surrounding cities. The security environment in the Toronto area is relatively good, and the crime rate has been relatively stable in recent years. Generally, international students like to live in areas with more Chinese, such as Scarborough, North York and Markham.


Next, we took everyone to discuss the accommodation problems of international students. The accommodation places for international students are generally divided into the following categories:


1. School dormitory, living on campus


2, Homestay (Homestay)


3, off-campus rental





 Then I will bring the students to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of these three accommodation methods. I hope that students can consider the suggestions of Xiaobian and make a careful decision after understanding the situation.




Off-campus rental

Benefits: Renting a house outside the school is basically a water and electricity. Even the Internet and TV may be installed. You can enjoy it as a bag. Unless you are renting a whole house, there is a certain possibility that you need to handle the water and electricity business yourself.

If the rental is not in the city center, the rent is generally cheaper than living in the school dormitory. But if you are in the city center, such as the University of Toronto St. George, the rent is more than twice that of the school dorm.

If you want to rent a Condo (outscale apartment) outside, you can enjoy free access to the gym, swimming pool, billiards room, cinema and other entertainment facilities in the Condo.

Renting a house by yourself is usually a room with independent space and even a little more money to have a separate bathroom. Compared with the dormitory, the privacy of life is stronger.

Off-campus rentals, kitchens, restrooms, and laundry rooms are shared with roommates, but they are more convenient to use.



Disadvantages: renting a house outside the school, the general rent is not as close as the school dormitory, commuting back and forth, naturally generating transportation costs, time costs are also high.

Renting houses in Canada is not like domestic ones. There are very few furnished houses in Canada. Students also need to buy them themselves, which is also an expense.

Renting a house by yourself, you have to cook your own food every day, go to the supermarket to buy food and go to the kitchen. For students who are nervous, it is not a good thing.

After renting a house, there are not many opportunities for communication with outsiders, especially if you rent a house in a Chinese landlord, and you have less chances to learn English. Here, Xiao Bian encourages students who have just come to make more friends, and at the same time can increase the chances of learning English.

Renting a foreigner's house, Canada is a diversified country. Each ethnic group has its own culture and living habits. If these things are not noticed, they will cause a lot of troubles and misunderstandings.


On-campus dormitory

Benefits: On-campus housing does not have to pay a variety of water and electricity bills every month, and the accommodation fees paid for the school year are all included.

The biggest advantage of living in a school is that it is convenient for class. It will not encounter the situation of going back and forth in class or inconvenient traffic and congestion. Natural students will also save a lot of transportation expenses.

Although the residence is forced to accept the school's Meal Plan, from another perspective, this can also avoid the cost of going to the supermarket to buy food, while also saving time for cooking and dishwashing.

For those new students who come to study in Canada, they have just come to the new environment. They can meet many friends and make themselves not lonely. At the same time, they can improve their English and integrate into the local culture.

The on-campus dormitory is simple but also adequate to meet basic needs, such as sleeping, reading, and homework. No need for students to buy extra furniture. On-campus dormitories will provide beds, desks, chairs, wardrobes, and some basic kitchen facilities, such as refrigerators and microwaves, will be provided on each floor.

Disadvantages: The Canadian school dormitory system and fees are relatively strict. Many times students want to save some money, lacking flexibility and room for negotiation.

The cost of a school-mandated meal plan is likely to be much higher than the student’s normal consumption. Most of the students reacted to how the Meal Plan could not be used, and finally they used to buy drinks. Therefore, everyone should be properly allocated to ensure the health of eating every day.

Many private high schools and college meal plan fees cannot be extended and cannot be returned to students. If you can't use it in this school year, the end of the school year will be abolished, which means you will waste this money in vain.

Living in a school dormitory will feel limited space. It is possible to share a room with a roommate, share a bathroom, and not have the same space as if you are renting a house. The habit is very casual and the work is very casual.

There is usually no washing machine in the school dormitory, but a unified laundry room, coin or recharge card, but you have to share the washing machine with many students. Sometimes you will encounter the peak of washing clothes, you need to wait in line for washing machines.



For those who want to rent a room outside of this place, I recommends that students go to to check the room they want to find, some rental conditions and monthly rent. There are also two Chinese websites, York Forum and 51, and there will be a lot of rental information published. Xiao Bian does not recommend that students who come to Toronto for the first time choose to rent out of school. I hope that the students will be familiar with the surrounding environment, such as supermarkets, shopping malls, and public transportation systems, and then choose to rent a house outside.

Introduction to public transportation system


Next, I will bring students to learn about Toronto's public transportation system. Toronto also has a relatively complete public transportation system like most cities in China, including buses, trams and subways. Today, Xiaobian mainly brings new students to learn about Toronto buses. Toronto's public transportation company is the full name of the TTC Toronto Transit Commission. The Greater Toronto Area includes Toronto, York and other areas. The public transportation system in the York area is YRT full name York Region Transit. At the junction of TTC and YRT is Steeles Ave, we buy TTC tickets south of Steels, and we buy YRT tickets north of Steels.





Bus operation time


The Toronto bus system is very developed. The average bus service time is usually from 5:20 in the morning to 1:20 in the night, reminding everyone to save the tickets. Because the road system in Toronto is a grid structure and there is a road on every major road. Bus, so usually a ticket can reach any destination in the city after transfer. In addition, after the subway is stopped, Toronto's night bus line starts operating at 1 am, until 5:30 in the morning, every 30 minutes, it is more convenient. The night bus sign reads “24hr” and the stop site has the “Blue Night Transit” logo.




 5 categories of TTC bus routes:


· Regular Service (general bus line)


· LimitedService (limited time bus line)


· Express RegularService (Ordinary Bus Express)


· ExpressLimited Service (limited time bus express)


· Blue NightRoutes (night bus line)



TTC ride process


Passengers can get on the bus or enter the station toll area in a variety of ways, such as paying for the car in cash, tapping the Presto (domestic bus card) on the subway station or all tram readers, and investing valid tokens in the gate or ticket box. Put valid tickets in the ticket box (only for the elderly, students and children), or present a valid pass (such as a weekly or monthly pass) or a transfer permit to the driver or station operator.


Passengers can transfer freely between the bus, tram and subway system with only one fare, but they are required to receive a transfer at the time of payment.


When the bus passenger pays the fee, he can collect the transfer permit from the driver. After the subway passenger enters the gate, he can receive the transfer certificate from the transfer card issuing machine. In addition, most of the subway stations outside the city centre are equipped with bus or tram interchange stations. Passengers are allowed to move within the toll area during the transfer of these stations, so there is no need to present a transfer permit or transfer free of charge.


About Transfer (transfer ticket)




As long as you extend the same direction, or do not go back, in a reasonable time frame, no matter how many times the car is dropped, it is a ticket. So how does the driver know you, the time for reversing is reasonable, and there is no way to go back? So, every time you need to get off the bus, ask the driver for a transfer, just say "CanI get a Transfer Please?"


Note: TTC's transfer ticket can also be used at YRT. If there is a TTC transfer to YRT students remember to fill the middle price difference.



The bus fare in Toronto is really expensive, and the one-way TTC is above $3.25.



 As shown above, TTC's one-way adult fare is $3.25, and YRT is $4.00, so students who take the TTC to YRT must learn math and pay a difference of $0.75. These universities or colleges in Toronto can basically be reached by TTC. The school will also specially plan a place as a bus hub to facilitate student commuting.

If you want to go to another city or region, there are intercity buses in Toronto, such as Go Bus/ Go Train. This kind of car is generally far away, and it is expensive to go to other cities. You can check the price on Go Transit's website, which is basically above $6.