Before You Leave Home

Ensure all steps from our After Acceptance section are complete!

If you are not planning on living with your family or friends there are three housing options available to you: student residence, off-campus housing, or homestay.

  1. The student residence fills quickly so if you are interested in living on-campus you will need to send us your application as soon as you are accepted to Niagara College.
  2. There are several off-campus housing options, all varying in price. To see what options are currently available to rent please visit places4students and view it. Please be mindful how far your new home is from your campus and determine your transportation options, the cost, and length of your daily commute as this can have a big impact on your overall experience.
  3. Homestay is an option that is great for students who want to improve their English and be immersed in Canadian culture. In homestay, you live with a Canadian family and receive two to three meals a day (included in the price). If you are interested in this option, you should apply directly to homestay services.
  4. Once you receive permission from Canadian Immigration to study at Niagara College, you should book your flight to Canada right away, and register for your terms Orientation, which occurs the week prior to classes.

All International students are provided the opportunity for a guard.me insurance policy, which is included in your fees. If you intend to arrive to Canada prior to your programs start date as outlined in your Letter of Acceptance, our insurance provider Guard.me offers Supplemental Insurance to ensure that you, and your dependents, are covered in case of an emergency or medical concern.

If you have on-going medical concerns, you are encouraged to bring any required documentation when you travel to allow doctors in Canada to quickly assess your condition. Additionally, students are eligible to purchase supplemental insurance for costs that are not covered through the International Student guard.me policy provided.

All students must review their program requirements as there may be additional requirements for your studies, such as Co-op, Technology, Communicable Disease Surveillance, First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C, Physical Fitness, Transportation, Criminal Record Checks. To find out what is required for your program go to your program’s webpage through our Niagara College website, and review all information found under the Admission Requirements tab.

To find out if your program has additional requirements:

  • Visit our Niagara College website
  • Search and visit your programs web page
  • Review all information located under the Admission Requirements tab

A new country can be an overwhelming experience, so prepare yourself as best you can be doing some research on the Niagara Region and the neighboring areas. Even so, it can sometimes feel lonely when you first arrive, so be sure to bring a few reminders of home.

Learn about travelling in Canada and living in Niagara. If you would like to drive while in Canada, you will need to bring your driver’s license with you and then apply for a Canadian one when you arrive.

If you want to visit the United States (US), as many students do, we strongly encourage you to apply for your US entry visa from your home country, as it is often easier to do that than obtain one from Canada.

  • Review your terms Registration Guide and Important DatesNOTE: registration guides are updated approximately 2 months prior to each term start.
  • Approximately one month prior to term start, you will be eligible to Select Your Timetable if all outstanding conditions for your program are fulfilled, you have made payment to Niagara College as per the amount listed in your Letter of Acceptance or Final Invoice, and presented Niagara College with a copy of your approved study permit.
  • LauNCh Guide – Introduction to Learning at NC, Blackboard Basics, Student Success and Personal Wellness.