Now that you have your credit and debit cards and have probably moved into your permanent accommodation, it is time to buy furniture (if you need it) and groceries (which you definitely need!)
Furniture and furnishings
You can choose to buy your furniture and furnishings first hand or second hand, and there are multiple options for both.
For second hand purchases, you can go to a garage sale, check for deals online or go to a second hand store. Kijiji.ca and Edmonton buy and sell groups on Facebook are popular options.
When buying second hand, please make sure you are aware of the method and cost of transporting the furniture and are aware of its condition. Please do not meet an unknown seller in an isolated place.
Other options include:
- Notice boards around campus, in residences and apartment buildings
- Classifieds in the Edmonton Journal and the Edmonton Sun papers or online at www.edmontonjournal.com and edmontonsun.com
- The Bargain Finder – buysell.com
- Garage sales in residential areas. People sell household items and furniture that they no longer want. Prices are usually very low. Locations of garage sales are listed in the Classified ads section of the local newspapers
- EdmontonFreecycle-www.freecycle.org. Find free furniture or household items, or give away items you no longer need.
The following second-hand stores offer a variety of items including clothing, household items and furniture. Selection varies and none of these stores offer delivery.
Goodwill has four stores in Edmonton with the nearest to campus located at 8759 – 51 Avenue, (T6E 5H1, 780-944-1414). For information on other locations or store hours, visit www.goodwill.ab.ca.
Value Village has 5 locations in Edmonton. The one at 8930 – 82 Avenue (T6C 0Z3, 780-468-1259) is the nearest to the campus.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
- IKEA – www.IKEA.ca located at 1311–102 Street (T6N 1M3, 780-433-6000, South Edmonton Common) sells inexpensive furniture which you assemble yourself (instructions and hardware included) or you can pay a fee for the store to assemble it. They also have a variety of household items. Delivery is available for $69 within Edmonton.
- Leon’s Furniture, located at 13730 – 140 Street (T6V 1J8, 780-456-4455) offers free delivery to the university area for purchases over $500, otherwise a charge of $50 applies.
- Superstore is a supermarket (grocery store) which also sells some furniture and a variety of household items. The Clareview (north-east) location is easily accessible from the University by LRT (subway) 4950 – 137 Avenue, (T8Y 2V4, 780-472-4727). By car, the nearest location to north campus is at 4821 Calgary Trail, (T6H 5W8, 780-430-2797).
- Walmart, a discount department store, sells some furniture and a variety of household items. Two of the Edmonton locations are: Capilano Mall (50 Street and 101 Avenue, 780-466-2002) and South Edmonton Common 1203-Parson’s Road, 780-463-6030).
Grocery and food items
The closest grocery store near CUE is Save-On-Foods down the street from the university (8124 112 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5B 4W4) and is accessible by bus (ETS #2 from the bus stop across campus) and by foot (10-15 min walk).
In Canada, groceries are sold at different prices in different places – so you could end up paying much less in some places compared to others.
Convenience stores (e.g. 24-hour mart, gas station) are more expensive than grocery stores/supermarkets and not as expensive as specialty stores (e.g. Natural Foods). The best way to find the cheapest and most convenient grocery store for your needs, is to research them online beforehand, ask your mentor or your international friends. The main grocery stores in Edmonton include Walmart, Superstore, No Frills, Save-on-Foods, Safeway and Costco.
Most supermarkets sell daily use and household items, in addition to groceries. Some even have a Canada Post kiosk and a pharmacy inside the supermarket!