Applying to college or university is a chance to get out of your hometown and experience a new environment. It’s a scary leap from the safety of your home to a dorm room, but it’s worth it! When I applied to university, I refused to apply to any schools in my province because I didn’t want to make the ‘easy’ choice and stay in my comfort zone. It was the best decision I ever made for myself. Check out our top Five Canadian cities to attend post secondary.
If you’re not from Toronto, then you’ve probably heard that the people are snobs, that you’re going to get mugged or murdered and that you can’t afford to live there. It’s nonsense, Toronto is a fantastic place to live and go to school.
For post secondary you have the University of Toronto, Ryerson, York, Centennial College, George Brown College and many more!
But as a city, Toronto ROCKS! There is always a concert, a sporting event, a free art show, or a new bar to check out The variety of neighbourhoods means that the city can be anything you want it to be: Yorkville is fancy, Queen St. is trendy, The Beaches are quirky and China Town is swarming with adventure!
Montreal is absolutely gorgeous! Granted, I’ve only been to Montreal in the summer, but what a fantastic city! The people and buildings are charming and the food is amazing. McGill University has to be one of most beautiful campuses in Canada. Seriously, it’s like a castle. Montreal also boasts Concordia University and Vanier College among others.
Vancouver is really interesting because it seems to have these absolutely clashing ideals and cultures…and it works. I remember walking downtown and coming across a continually changing stream of diverse people. As one of the warmest cities in Canada, full of lush greenery, it’s no wonder so many people are out and about at any given time. On one side you have the option of traveling to the mountains for hiking or skiing while on the other side you have the ocean with whale watching and beaches.
The environment coupled with prestigious post secondary institutions like the University of British Columbia and the Emily Carr University of Art + Design means you’ll be inspired and challenged.
Calgary is clean, clear and crisp. A cool fact about Calgary is that it gets a Chinook during the winter where the temperature rises above ten and you can bask in sunlight and warmth for a day!
The city spans a massive area (larger than Toronto but with a third of the people) and is mapped out like a grid. Whether you’re shopping downtown, or hanging out in the trendy Kensington area (with teashops galore!) you are sure to find your scene.
With the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University and many colleges, Calgary is a great city to learn and play in.
Oh, and you get to wake up every morning, step outside and take in the mountains in the distance.
Founded as a British Military Outpost, Halifax maintains a certain old world charm, though it is definitely a modern city. There are harbors and waterfront walks with charming restaurants and neat little shops specifically catering to tourists. There is also a growing indie music scene, with many of Canada’s upcoming bands coming from the area.
Besides the beautiful scenery, charming seaside and cool music scene, Halifax boasts two of Canada’s best Universities Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s University as well as many good colleges.