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Getting Connected

Phone Home

Now that you’re in Canada, everybody back home wants to know how you’re doing. You should contact them as soon as you reach your destination and let them know you’re doing well and how they can contact you.

Visit International Centre

Our International Centre is made up of a Student Services team, an Admissions team and a Student Ambassador team. We are all excited to meet you and welcome you to Canada.

Arranging for a Telephone

Most students arrange for a cell phone rather than land-based telephones. There are many service providers such as: Bell MobilityRogersAT&TFido, as well as others. Before choosing a service you should thoroughly compare what each company offers and then sign with the one that best suits your needs.

If you're interested in a land-based phone there are two major providers: Bell Canada and Rogers. For more information please visit their websites.

Setting up a Bank Account

If you have brought cash with you then one of your first priorities will be to set up a student bank account. The primary banks or trust companies are: TD Canada TrustCIBCScotia BankBMO Bank of Montreal and RBC Royal Bank.

To open an account you will need to take your passport, study permit, proof that you are studying (e.g. Letter of acceptance or timetable) and the funds you wish to deposit. In Canada most people use debit/atm cards rather than carry a lot of cash, you should therefore ask for a debit card when you set up your account. If you would like assistance opening a Canadian bank account come speak with a student advisor at the International Centre. We will have student trips to a bank near campus during orientation.

Relaxing Before Classes Start

Toronto is an awesome and diverse city where everybody feels at home. You won’t have any trouble finding things to do and see, and for a listing of current events you should visit and then go out and have some fun before classes start!

Find out:

What's On
Toronto Events
Things To Do
Concert Events
Find a Restaurant
Toronto Attractions
Toronto City Guides

Getting Around

There are so many questions rushing through your head as you first arrive on Canadian soil.

What future awaits me? What should I do first? What questions will I be asked? Will I have trouble getting into the country? How do I get from the airport to my destination? Will I make any friends?

Relax and don’t worry. This site will help you answer all the questions you might encounter so that you have a great, stress-free time and get a world-class education in Canada.

First Steps

  • Arrival
  • Passing through Canada customs
  • Managing transportation
  • Accommodations
  • Calling home
  • Visit International Centre
  • Setting-up a bank account
  • Arranging for a telephone
  • Relaxing

Arriving at the Airport/Port of Entry

When you arrive at the airport or port of entry you should be ready to present the following documents:

  • Your original letter of acceptance to Humber
  • A valid passport
  • Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) if required
  • The letter of introduction given to you by the Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate
  • Document showing financial support
  • Citizens or residents of the United States, Greenland, and St. Pierre et Miquelon can apply for their study permit at the port of entry with all of the appropriate documents
  • Any other documents recommended by the visa office where you applied

Note: When handed your study permit, check that your personal information as well as the expiry date are correct.

Canada Customs

When you enter Canada you can bring a reasonable amount of clothing, books and other personal items. You don't have to leave everything at home, but if you're bringing more than $10,000 CAD into the country, you must report the money. For more information please go to Canada Border Services Agency.

Managing Transportation

If you are not being met at the airport by anyone, the best way to get to your destination from the airport is by taxi. All taxis at the airport are fully licensed, meet all safety standards and charge a pre-approved flat rate into the city. If you want to calculate the cost of your ride, please go to Toronto Pearson Taxis & Limousines. Note: fares are subject to change.

The approximate time and cost to Humber's campuses from the Toronto airport are:

  • North - 10 minutes ($30 CAD)
  • Lakeshore - 20 minutes ($34 CAD)
  • Orangeville - 50 minutes ($98 CAD)


What if I don't have arranged housing?
Unfortunately, we do not provide temporary on-campus accommodation, so you will have to make sure you've arranged to have a place to stay before you arrive. If not, there's hostel accommodation in downtown Toronto full of other students and travellers. There are also some hotels close to the campuses that may suit your needs, too:

North Campus

1. Comfort Hotel Airport North
445 Rexdale Blvd. 
Toronto, Ontario  M9W 6K5
416.740.9500 or 1.800.578.7878
Price: $82 + tax/night (1-2 people)
*State that you are a Humber student/Humber family
member to get this price. 
This special price is valid 
until December 1, 2015. 

2. Woodbine Hotel & Suite
Hwy 27 and Woodbine
30 Vice Regent Blvd
Toronto, Ontario  M9W 7A4
Price: $82 + tax/night (2 double beds)

Lakeshore Campus

3. Deluxe Inn
1554 The Queensway
Toronto, Ontario  M8Z 1T5
Price: $65 + tax/night (1 queen size bed)

4. Stay Inn
560 Evans Ave.
Toronto, Ontario  M8W 2W1
416.259.7899 or 1.888.445.4473
Price: $105 + tax/night (1 queen size bed)

Orangeville Campus

5. Best Western Plus Orangeville Inn & Suites
7 Buena Vista Drive, 
Orangeville, Ontario  L9W 0A2
519.941.3311 or 866.216.1988
Price: $189.99 + tax/night (1 king size bed)