Welcome to Edmonton! If you are new to our city, here are a few resources that may help you get settled.
The cost of living in Edmonton is reasonable. One bedroom apartment rates in the University area are on average $800-850 per month with two bedrooms going for around $1000-1100. To get accommodation in the University area, it is highly recommended that students arrive early since University area accommodation gets taken up quickly.
If you own your own vehicle, there are a variety of places to park on campus. You may also want to consider other environmentally friendly ways of getting to campus including carpooling, biking or taking public transportation (ETS).
The Students’ Union offers the U-Pass for students. This transit pass on your ONEcard, allows you to ride Edmonton Transit from September to December and January to April for a mandatory fee. You cannot opt out of the U-Pass.
Edmonton is a vibrant city with great entrepreneurial spirit. If you like to share ideas, create and build, Edmonton is the community for you! Explore one of our makerspaces and make something yourself. Or get involved in/with a hackathon, democamp or start up in the city.
There are no shortage of things to do in and around Edmonton in every season (yes, even winter). From the non-stop festivals (Jazz Festival, world renowned Folk Music & Fringe Theatre Festivals, Klondike Days, Heritage Days and more!) to the plethora of theatres, culinary delights, sporting and art events–there is something for everyone.
If it's outdoor pursuits that you're after, Edmonton is home to a beautiful river valley, providing hundreds of kilometers of trails for hiking, biking, jogging, and cross-country skiing. Whatever sport or recreational activity you want to try–familiar or brand new–you'll be able to find it here. When the mountains call, Edmonton is only 3.5 hours away from Jasper, Banff, and the Canadian Rockies–places that draw visitors from all over the world. Spending a few years of your life near these sights is a real treat, and gives you constant access to world-class downhill and cross-country skiing, hiking, and ice climbing.
International student support
Your first year as an international student at the University of Alberta will take you through many changes, and through it all you will come to know campus as your “home away from home.” If you are looking for support and advice to help you succeed during your time at U of A, then International Student Services is here for you!
We also have a variety of international student groups and clubs you can be involved in such as the Asian Cutural Exchange, the Bangladeshi Student Association, the Iranian Students' Association, the Mexican Students' Union and many more!