Vancouver is one of the most popular cities in Canada. It has been chosen for many people to become their new home. This has given the city a multicultural environment and helped to keep the economy running.
As a newcomer there is some tis we must give you;
- First you need to know Vancouver is one of the most expensive cities in Canada regarding real estate.
A one bedroom apartment starts from $1700 up to $2300 monthly rent. Prices will go according to the building facilities and amenities, the location, and the size of the apartment.
Make sure before you arrive in Vancouver you find a suitable place to stay.
Monthly rents here always start the 1st and the 15th of the month. For more information visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/housing-tenancy/residential-tenancies
Also, something very important you need to know about renting an apartment is SCAMS! Never send money to a landlord if you haven’t signed a contract, and looked at the apartment. People post advertisements on the rental sites and pretend to be out of the city, and lots of people have lost money this way.
- You can get a SIM card very fast
In Canada there are no pre-paid options but for sure you can get a plan with different cell phone companies. Don’t expect it to be cheap or to have lots of data included but don’t worry there are lots of places in Vancouver with free internet.
- As soon as you arrive to the city get yourself a compass card
In Vancouver the transportation system is pretty good and organized. If you want to get around the city this is the best way to do it. The compass card will cost you 6 dollars plus the amount you want to add to it, it will allow you to jump in the bus and the train at a lower rate and you won’t have to worry about having cash with you anymore.
- Get a SIN number
The SIN number is an identification number that the government gives to every person with a legal status in Canada and will allow you to get access to open your bank account and to many government rights and benefits.
- Get a bank account and credit card
In Canada in general credit score is very important and the easiest way to start building one is by having a canadian credit card, make sure you understand the system and the payment methods before you get one. An amazing thing about banks here in Vancouver is Customer service, the employees will be happy to help you even if your english is not very good. So, don’t be shy!