Student Life

Life in Edmonton

About Edmonton

The U of A is located in Edmonton — a vibrant metropolitan area with a population of more than one million people. The U of A is located along the North Saskatchewan River. Edmonton’s river valley is North America’s largest stretch of urban parkland, with paved and natural multi-use paths providing opportunities for jogging, hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing.

Natural Wonders
Because of its northern location, summer days in Edmonton are long—the city gets up to 17 hours of sunlight per day with the sun rising at about 5:30 a.m. and not setting until after 10 p.m. In the winter, spectacular displays of the aurora borealis (northern lights) are common in the night skies.

Edmonton has 4 distinct seasons. In the summer months of July and August, the average high temperature is 22°C (72°F). The average winter temperature is −15°C (5°F). However, temperatures can vary greatly. The temperature may rise to 38°C (100°F) in the summer, and may fall to −40°C (−40°F) in the winter.

Urban Scene
A short walk from campus, historic Whyte Avenue is popular among students, with its theatre scene, boutiques, nightclubs and cafes. Downtown’s Jasper Avenue, home to high-quality restaurants and nightlife, is a short subway ride away—and your student ID card is your 24/7 city-wide transit pass.

Arts
The Downtown Arts District boasts the Winspear Centre for Music, the Citadel Theatre, the Art Gallery of Alberta, and the university’s downtown campus, Enterprise Square. The Jubilee Auditorium, located on the North Campus, is home to the Edmonton Opera and is a popular venue for touring musicians.

Festivals
Dubbed “Festival City,” Edmonton teems with culture and arts events year round, including North America’s largest Fringe Theatre Festival, the world-renowned Edmonton Folk Music Festival, and Heritage Days, an outdoor feast honouring the city’s multicultural community.

Sports and Fitness
Edmonton offers dozens of fitness and sport training facilities, and the city is known for its professional sport franchises, including the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers, the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos, as well as baseball and lacrosse teams.

The city has hosted major international sporting events including the 2001 World Athletics Championships, FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, Indy car races, the Commonwealth Games and World University Games.

Rocky Mountain Get-Aways
With the Rocky Mountains just a few hours away, Edmontonians have quick and easy access to some of the finest skiing, kayaking, cycling, camping, backpacking and fishing in the world.

Moving to Edmonton

The University of Alberta is located in Edmonton – a vibrant metropolitan area with a population of more than one million people. The U of A is located along the North Saskatchewan River. The river valley is North America’s largest stretch of urban parkland, with paved and natural multi-use paths providing opportunities for everything from nature hikes to mountain biking and cross-country skiing.

Top-ranked Education & Healthcare
Education and healthcare services in Edmonton are ranked as the best in Canada. With its proximity to the university’s outstanding research centres and institutes, the Edmonton-area health region has been named the best in Canada for five consecutive years.

Alberta’s education system is one of the best in the world. Alberta students ranked second in science, behind Finland, and tied for third place in reading and fourth place in mathematics in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment. The tests assess the international achievement of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics and science.

Edmonton’s major school districts (public, Catholic, and francophone) allow students to pursue educational programming in the environment of their choice–with schools specializing in everything from high-level academics (International Baccalaureate programs) to fine arts and sports. Accredited private schools provide instruction focusing on faith, language and culture or academics, according to your children’s needs.

Family Activities
Opportunities abound for families to participate in minor sports, arts and recreational activities associated with professional arts and sporting associations. Programming for children and teens, for example, is offered through the Art Gallery of Alberta, Alberta Ballet and the Citadel Theatre.

Thriving Cultural Community
Edmonton’s Downtown Arts District boasts the Winspear Centre for Music, the Citadel Theatre and the new Art Gallery of Alberta. The Jubilee Auditorium, located on the Main Campus, is home to the Edmonton Opera and is a popular venue for touring musicians.

Dubbed “Festival City,” Edmonton teems with culture and arts events year-round. Residents celebrate the sunny, warm summer with North America’s largest Fringe Theatre Festival, the world-renowned Folk Music Festival, and Heritage Days, an outdoor feast honouring the city’s multicultural community.

Active Living
Edmonton also offers dozens of fitness and sport training facilities, and the city is known for its professional sport franchises, including the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers, the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos, as well as baseball and lacrosse teams. Programming for children and teens is available through professional organizations like the Oilers, and through high-calibre amateur and community-level sports groups. The city has hosted major international sporting events including the 2001 World Athletics Championships, FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, the Commonwealth Games and University Games.

With the Rocky Mountains just a few hours away, Edmontonians have quick and easy access to some of the finest skiing, kayaking, cycling, camping, backpacking and fishing in the world.