If you are using temporary accommodation or are moving into your permanent accommodation, please make sure you can get entry into your room/apartment/house when you arrive. Most international flights land at odd hours during the night so please make sure there will be someone to receive you or hand over your keys when you arrive.
Please make sure you have enough cash to survive for at least a week in Edmonton, since you might not be able to immediately open a bank account.
Get in touch with your family and friends and let them know you’ve arrived!
Part of having a successful transition experience is keeping in touch with friends and family back home. You might not have a working phone connection in your first few days in Canada, but there are many spots in the city where you can use free wifi! These places include university campuses (guest network), public libraries, some parks and most restaurants.
Getting food in Edmonton
Edmonton is famous for being home to restaurants and stores from around the world. Before you land in Edmonton, find restaurants and food plazas near your accommodation so that you know where you get your meals on your first day. Edmonton also has a strong delivery network (SkipTheDishes, DoorDash, pizza delivery) in case you would like food delivered. All the prices and delivery charges are available on the websites of the restaurants.
Get a good night’s rest!
You’ve travelled a long way to get here, and it’s natural to be tired. You might also have travelled through different time zones so you might feel jetlagged. The best way to deal with jetlag on your first day is to reset your body clock. No matter what time is it in your home country or how tired you are, try to stay awake while it is day in Canada, and sleep when it is night in Canada. Drink lots of water and keep away from caffeine and alcohol. Try to take it easy for the first couple of days.
The experience of moving to a new country can be exciting and fulfilling. Lean into your experience by taking short walks to explore your neighbourhood on your first day. Sunlight is great for dealing with jetlag so try to get as much of it as possible on your first day!
Photograph your Memories!
CUE runs a photo contest where new students send us their photos from their first two weeks in Canada and we pick the most interesting photo. The winner gets a swag bag of CUE goodies! You have to be wearing your CUE t-shirt or sweatshirt (available in the CUE bookstore) to take part. The registration link will be given to you during Orientation.