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Coming to Vancouver as an International Student? Here’s What to Expect

Moving to Vancouver for your education? You’re in luck! Vancouver is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in North America, not to mention it’s filled with fun things to do and friendly people to meet. Naturally, you might be wondering what you can expect when exploring Vancouver for the first time… so why not take some pointers from a local? Tamwood has been based in Vancouver for nearly 20 years, so you can trust us to tell you what you can expect.


Get ready for epic adventures

Maybe we’re slightly biased as locals, but Vancouver is home to so many exciting attractions. Uniquely, much of the appeal of the city comes from its natural beauty. With proximity to mountains and oceans alike, you can look forward to skiing, water sports, hiking, camping, ziplining, and more! There’s plenty to do no matter the time of year. Some of our favourite places include Stanley Park and Granville Island.

At Tamwood, we’re super close to the downtown waterfront. This means that we get to experience the hustle and bustle of a growing city without losing touch with nature. Nearby attractions include public art exhibits, pop up local food trucks, beautiful architecture, aquariums, sailing, and of course, simply soaking up the sun at the beach. Be sure to pack your flip flops!


Look forward to local cuisine


One of the biggest perks of being an oceanside city is the delicious seafood. Vancouver is world-famous for its fresh salmon, halibut, and prawns. People come from all over the world for a taste of our seafood, so you don’t want to miss out.


Of course, if seafood isn’t your thing there are plenty other types of local cuisine to explore. Vancouver has its own Chinatown, in addition to restaurants that have delicious foods inspired by Middle Eastern, Peruvian, Japanese, Belgian, Indian, Italian origins, and more! Did we mention local breweries and wineries? Budding sommeliers will love it here. If you’re a major foodie, check out this ultimate Vancouver food bucket list to start planning how to eat your way through the city.


Get ready to tour local campuses


It’s easy to get carried away in the scenery and delectable eats that Vancouver offers, but let’s not forget that you’re visiting for school! It’s important to get familiar with your campus. For example, we recommend that future/current Tamwood students visit our student lounge, nearby food attractions, and get familiar with local transportation. Uber isn’t currently available in Vancouver so you should expect to take the SkyTrain, buses, or taxis unless you have your own transportation.


If you won’t be able to visit Tamwood unless classes begin, try taking our virtual tour available on our website. It’s almost as good as the real thing.


Remember to push yourself out of your comfort zone


There’s no place quite like Vancouver. As you explore, expect to be pushed out of your comfort zone as you experience new things. Embracing the new will help you make the most of your experience. This city has so much to offer you, and you’ll likely meet some great people along your way!


To learn more about Tamwood’s Vancouver base and our favourite parts of the city, visit our website.