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Life in Vancouver - Summer 2016

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Finding a home, settling in, getting around and exploring the city - UBC Graduate Student Orientation 2016

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Life in Vancouver - Summer 2016

  1. 1. Life in Vancouver: Finding a home, settling in, getting around and exploring the city July 11 and 13, 2016 Graduate Pathways to Success
  2. 2. Metro Vancouver UBC
  3. 3. Deciding where to live: Vancouver neighbourhoods Main St. (red line) divides the city into east and west Western neighbourhoods (Kitsilano) tend to be more expensive than those to the east (Renfrew) and south (Marpole) For more information on Vancouver neighbourhoods, check out: Image from UBC Housing and Accommodations,
  4. 4. Neighbourhoods: Know your “Wests” Pay attention to these names, as they refer to very different areas! West Side: the western part of Vancouver that is not downtown, e.g. Kitsilano, Point Grey, Kerrisdale, Shaughnessy West End: the western, more residential section of the downtown area West Vancouver: municipality to the north-west of Vancouver proper on the North Shore; public transit to UBC significantly longer due to traffic and transferring …but “East Side,” “East End” and “East Van” all mean East Vancouver Image by UBC Housing her-housing/off-campus-housing/
  5. 5. West Side neighbourhoods Kitsilano (Kits), Point Grey, Dunbar-Southlands, Fairview, Kerrisdale  Closest neighbourhoods to UBC  Rent can be higher here, but the commute is much shorter  Quick and easy access to campus and downtown by bus  Access to beaches and parks  Many basement and garden suites and small, low-rise apartment buildings  Mix of well-cared for older + large, new homes “April in Vancouver” by iwona_kellie;
  6. 6. East Vancouver neighbourhoods  Lower rents  Direct bus routes to UBC  Longer commute (~60 minutes) Some neighbourhoods are:  Grandview (incl. Commercial Drive) - An active artsy and community- minded area with vibrant outdoor life (marches, festivals); home to many affordable restaurants and cafes (spoken word performances) - Home to Little Italy: Italian coffee shops, pizza, fresh cheese markets  Mount Pleasant - Popular with young professionals, first-time home buyers & artists - Main St. is popular for vintage clothing shopping, restaurants Photo by DennisSylvesterHurd nissylvesterhurd/2619116195/
  7. 7. Downtown neighbourhoods Easy access to transit, including direct buses to UBC Approximate time to UBC using public transit is 40 minutes  West End - Vibrant LGBTQ2IA village - Close to parks and beaches - Densely populated - Mainly apartments and condos  Yaletown - High rent apartments and condos - Trendy, expensive restaurants, bars, and boutiques
  8. 8. Deciding where to live: Vancouver neighbourhoods Image from UBC Housing and Accommodations,
  9. 9. Finding roommates and rental spaces  Try connecting with other graduate students:  Current or graduating students in your program may know about available rooms / apartments  Online apartment-hunting resources include: - Craigslist; RentHello; Padmapper - UV Rentsline - ESL Rent (management company w/ Korean, Japanese, Chinese text, but renting many months in advance) - Walkscore (assessing how close a potential apartment is  Be cautious and beware of scams: do not send money, banking, or personal information  The turn around time for rental units is fast – prepare ahead of time and expect to send a lot of emails  Apartments and suites will be posted throughout the month
  10. 10. Housing: Additional Costs  Utilities: Electricity (BC Hydro), Natural Gas (FortisBC), internet, cable, cell phone. Some apartments or basement suites will include specific utilities in the rent, others will not  Laundry: In-suite, in-building, or will you have to go to a laundromat? Coin-operated or free?  Damage or safety deposit: Should be no more than half a month's rent and will be refunded when you move out if you leave the apartment or suite clean and have not caused damage. Ask for a receipt when you pay this.  Renter’s insurance: Highly recommended (minimal monthly cost), otherwise you are liable for things like fire, theft, flood, etc.  Furniture: Used via Craigslist, Kijiji, garage sales, or new via Ikea, etc.
  11. 11. Housing: Protecting yourself  Know your rights as a tenant:  Get your rental agreement in writing  Document all existing damage with photographs on move-in; this will help with recouping your damage deposit when you move out  Vancouver Bedbug Registry
  12. 12.  Taxi There is 24-hour taxi service from the airport. Fare to UBC is ~$45 CAD.  Public transportation You can also take the Canada Line, a rapid-transit system that runs frequently from the airport to downtown Vancouver. There will be signs within the airport directing you to the Canada Line. It will cost $5 + regular fare to take the train from the airport.  Car shares If you join before arriving in Vancouver, Car2Go, Evo, and Zipcar all have vehicles accessible from the airport. Companies may have different policies on membership re: international/out-of-province drivers licences. These companies also have cars on campus. Getting to UBC/Vancouver from the Airport
  13. 13. Public transit  U-Pass / Compass Card included in your fees; good for all zones  Translink for schedules, Transit 101, etc. Google Maps can plan transit trips  Major express busses that travel East/West to/from UBC: 99 B-line – To/From Commercial Station along Broadway (9th ave) 84 – To/From VCC-Clark Station along 4th ave 44 – To/From Waterfront Station (downtown) along W 4th ave 43 – To/From Joyce-Collingwood Station along 41st ave 258 – To/From West Vancouver 480 – To/From Bridgeport Station (Richmond)  Keep these busses in mind when looking for housing: E/W travel is generally easier than N/S; if you’re not near one of the main E/W roads or a Skytrain station for transit, you’ll have to transfer. Use Trip Planner or Google Maps to assess potential commutes to UBC, downtown, peak vs. off-peak hours, etc.
  14. 14. Public transit continued  3 Skytrain lines: Canada Line: downtown to Richmond + airport along Cambie St Expo Line: Surrey, New Westminster, Burnaby, East Van + Downtown Millennium Line Coquitlam, New West, Burnaby, East Van + Downtown  Sea Bus: Connects the North Shore to downtown Vancouver  Stand up / wave to flag the bus to stop at your bus stop; once on the bus, use red stop button / cord on windows to request next stop  Only exact change if paying cash on a bus (e.g. visitors)  This map will give you a sense of the main roads and areas serviced by transit:
  15. 15. Cycling in Vancouver  Bike lanes/routes (Google Maps can also plan bike trips)  Best Bike Trails in Vancouver and Beyond  City of Vancouver Bike Projects  UBC Cycling Tips  Get a good lock and always use it. A U-lock is best.  Helmets are mandatory and lights are strongly recommended  Do not ride on the sidewalk unless signs are posted allowing you to  It’s easy to combine cycling and transit: buses have bike racks on the front and the Canada Line has designated spaces for bikes
  16. 16. Grocery Stores  Around campus: Save on Foods; Safeway on 10th Ave  Lower priced chain groceries around the city: Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills, Walmart  Local produce: farmers markets, Granville Island, fruit stands  Bulk food: Costco (requires a membership)  Many chains are starting to provide grocery delivery services; keep an eye out! Granville island berries by jordan junck,
  17. 17. Specialty Grocery Stores  Organic/vegan/gluten-free: Whole Foods, Choices, Greens  Punjab Food Center  Chinatown  Many East and South Asian foods along Kingsway  Parthenon and Minerva for Mediterranean  Various Italian bakeries, grocers, delis on Commercial Drive  Chinese groceries in Richmond (“Golden Village”)  Korean H-Mart (downtown, Richmond, Coquitlam)  T&T (downtown, Metrotown Mall) for various Asian foods  Filipino groceries/bakeries along Joyce Street  Caribbean Market in New Westminster See also: ethnic-grocery-stores-in-vancouver-chefs-choices/
  18. 18. Culture of Vancouver  Get outdoors Go for a hike, lounge on the beach, take a walk…  Explore So many things to see and do!  Be prepared for the rain A quality umbrella / rain jacket is a beautiful thing  Reduce, reuse, recycle Be eco-friendly  Embrace other cultures, share your own Vancouver is a multicultural city on the territory of First Nations including Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh  Be open! Celebrate what makes people unique First Nations House of Learning at the First Nations Longhouse on campus:
  19. 19. Local Attractions  Beaches: Wreck Beach (clothing optional), Spanish Banks, Jericho Beach, Kits Beach, English Bay, 1 + 2 Beach  Mountains: Grouse, Cypress, Seymour, Whistler  Parks: Pacific Spirit Park, Stanley Park, seawall  Vancouver Aquarium (in Stanley Park)  Granville Island  Museums: Vancouver Art Gallery, Telus World of Science, Museum of Vancouver, Maritime Museum  Free festivals in the summer: Italian Days on Commercial Drive, Greek Day on W. Broadway, Khatsalano music festival in Kitsilano, Car Free Day on Main St and Commercial Drive…and more Vancouver Science World by Franco Ng,
  20. 20. On Campus Attractions  Museum of Anthropology – world-renowned collection with a focus on First Nations art and culture  Beaty Biodiversity Museum – Natural history museum  Rose Garden – beautiful view of the oceans and mountains; a great place to eat your lunch when the weather is nice  Nitobe Japanese Memorial Garden – Japanese garden and Tea house  Botanical Garden  Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery – contemporary art  School of Music – check their website for events; some are free  Chan Centre for the Performing Arts – music and theatrical performances; students under 25 can get discounted tickets  UBC Library – Rare Books and Special Collections + the Chung Collection
  21. 21. Other Resources / Tips  Rent varies across the city, but our cost calculator can give you a rough idea about how much living and studying in Vancouver will cost:  Orientation events for Graduate Students:  Other ideas for places to go and things to do:  Take a free workshop from Graduate Pathways to Success:  UBC’s off-campus housing guide: housing/off-campus-housing/  Ubyssey (student paper)’s guide to student housing (useful stats and infographics):
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