What is it like living in Edmonton Alberta Canada as a student and how does it compare to living in Toronto Vancouver Waterloo or Montreal

What is it like living in Edmonton Alberta Canada as a student and how does it compare to living in Toronto Vancouver Waterloo or Montreal

I grew up in Edmonton and I went to the U of A.My parents still live there and I visit often.I have also lived in Toronto and have visited many times since leaving.

My dad is originally from Montreal and I have visited many times, but admittedly have never lived there.I have a lot of relatives in Vancouver and have visited, but I am not the most familiar with that city.When I lived in Edmonton, I couldn’t wait to get out.

Back then, it was pretty boring, without much going on.Edmonton is sort of in the middle of nowhere – two and a half hour drive to calgary and a three and a half hour drive to Jasper.The winters are cold and I mean very cold!

Don’t let anyone try and convince you otherwise by rationalizing it “a dry cold”.-40 is -40 and still fucking cold regardless of it being “dry” or “damp”.And yes, it does get that cold.

Winters also last a long time.Summers are quite pleasant, though, and never that hot or muggy.Edmonton also has a beautiful river valley and lots of parkland.

I have heard that it has the largest municipal park system in North America.But it’s really only useful when the weather isn’t abominably cold!As for the U of A, it really depends on the program you’re in.

I graduated with a degree in Economics and, quite honestly, that program was pretty awful.The university does have excellent engineering and medical schools, though.They’re among the best in Canada.

Business, law and the arts programs were not not so good when I was going there.I don’t know what you’re going to study, but your target school’s reputation in that field should be a primary deciding factor regardless of the location.Living in Edmonton itself was OK.

It was a good place to grow up.I lived in the West End, which is largely suburban.Edmonton in general is quite spread out and not too crowded.

The downtown area was dead when I was living there, but it has gotten livelier.Actually, the city has grown a lot because of the oil boom.I’m amazed at how much it has grown since I moved away!

But if you live there, it would be best to get a car, unless you live in the university area.Public transit is pretty bad.Sorry, but for a city of that size, the LRT really should have a bigger footprint.

Calgary is roughly the same size and their C-train covers more of the city.Shopping is really good with many malls and shopping areas spread around.And, of course, there is the West Edmonton Mall, which was once the largest shopping mall in the world!

Edmonton has some good restaurants and I feel that culinary options are vastly underrated there.If you’re into nightlife, Whyte Avenue, which is close to the U of A campus, is lively with some nice bars and clubs.I have heard Downtown has gotten better in this regard, too.

Edmonton is relatively diverse, but not like Toronto or Vancouver.There are fairly large Chinese, Filipino and Indian populations.Also, the city’s atmosphere is largely blue collar, especially compared to Calgary.

Cost of living is also fairly low, especially compared to other major Canadian cities.Overall, if you can tolerate the winters and the isolation, then it is an OK place to live.More of a place to raise a family and be settled in than if you’re single, in my honest opinion.

Thanks for A2A.Once I looked at the question when I was there back in my home-country.It’s a different feeling when I’m answering the question with first-hand experience.

I arrived at Edmonton just one and half-month back.Edmonton is a very quiet and peaceful city.This is the first western city I’m living in.

So, I don’t really know about the situation, atmosphere at the other cities.It’s a bit unusual for me to experience the low population-density, especially after coming from a city which has 25 thousand people per square kilometres.The University of Alberta is the centre of attraction in this city.

The city is totally dependent upon the university and its functioning.If you live near the Whyte Avenue (which is adjacent to the university).you are pretty much living in the most-happening part of the city.

At least I heard that this is the most enjoyable place to live in.It has fair public transport with Buses and LRT by ETS.The buses are frequent at least to the universities.

However, I don’t really know the actual condition of the areas far from university.(Because I live near the university, so I don’t need to).There are Walmart, Superstores etc.

where you can go by bus and LRT.It also has the largest mall of North America, West Edmonton Mall.I have not yet faced the much-hyped winter.

I’m excited about it, especially after coming from a tropical area.It’s October already, but snowing has not started yet.So, I guess, the winter and snow will last maximum 7-8 months.

I heard that it’s pretty much dull everywhere in the times of winter.So, people generally enjoy in the other seasons of the year (Edmonton International Fringe Festival), and they concentrate on their works/studies in winter.To sum it up, the university and adjacent areas are vibrant.

However, in winter you may find the city sometime boring but eventually you’ll be habituated with this.

I just moved to Edmonton three months ago, and I will begin with saying the city surprised me after reading so may negative ‘reviews’.I just moved from Ottawa where I have lived for five years.I lived in Montreal for two summers (eight months total) for work, and I grew up near Toronto, so I know Canada’s big Eastern capitals well.

I think every city in Canada has it pros and cons.Edmonton and Ottawa are fairly on par in my opinion, in terms of its beauty and infrastructure.However, Ottawa does have a better transit system which can be relied on for a main source of transportation.

Edmonton is cheaper to live in than any other city I’ve lived in because of low taxes, and oil money.I find Edmonton is a place for people who are hard workers and want to live well.The River Valley IS GORGEOUS.

I also must note that I love winter (always have), so my thoughts on the weather may be skewed.I do believe it gets much colder here, but its certainly not the snowiest place in Canada.I’m studying Arts and Cultural Management at MacEwan, and the reason I came here to do that is because it seems there is a lot of opportunity regardless of what sector or area you want to work in.

I’ve had three jobs since moving here, the last being employed at the box office with the Symphony.Fantastic experience!Also there are plenty of events and things to volunteer at, aiding in giving me more experience.

Edmonton has been called the Festival City in Canada.I do plan to move back to Ottawa at the end of my degree, but that is because I consider it my home (I have a lot of friends still there).But that’s because I plan to work in Government.

I have lived the majority of my life in Edmonton, moving back and forth between here Vancouver, and Vancouver Island.Currently back in Edmonton.I used to think I hated living here, but I realized that was when I was younger before I had a family.

It actually is a great place to raise kids.It has schools and parks, grocery stores on every corner or street, things you dont need or care about when youre young, are things you will greatly appreciate having close by when you have children.It may seem boring to teens and adolescents, and yeah it was pretty boring growing up.

But time well spent is all subjective, and in hindsight there are alot of things I could have showed interest in but chose not to instead.You may think a place like, Vancouver and the island would have much more to offer in terms of excitement, while the scenery is much nicer, I never found myself fully fulfilled there, and always went back to Alberta, my home.Reading peoples answers about how terrible it is in Edmonton while partly agreeing, agreeing more with the answers saying Edmonton is a great place to live.

I have lived in Vancouver Edmonton and Toronto.In my experience Edmonton is quite friendly and smaller town both in feel and amenities.As far asbeauty and cclimate, while certainly we have a long and cold winter it is also Canada’s sunniest city (most hours of sunshine).

Contrary to some posts here by people who have clearly either never lived here or haven’t bothered to explore it is full of natural beauty with an incredible parks system running for miles and miles on both sides of the incredibly scenic river valley.This is full of trails and is very well tended.The u of a campus is really lovely and borders the river.

Architecture alas is lack luster with a couple minor exceptions.We have the largest mall in north America, Edmonton is known for shopping.

I’m sure the University of Alberta is very good, but Edmonton as a city has got to be one of the most unliveable and godforsaken places in Canada.It is flatter than piss on a plate, colder than a whore’s heart in winter, as fly-ridden as a horse’s ass in summer, and architecturally like something out of a Soviet gulag.Thanks to the ecologically infamous tarsands, Alberta is awash with money, which they liberally bestow on education, health facilities, etc., but you can’t buy Edmonton anything that will make it attractive.

Go to Vancouver, Toronto, or Montreal…all world class cities with lots of charm.

Whoa whoa !!I keep reading 6,7 month winters in Edmonton ?That is absolutely RIDICULOUS !!!

Although u may get a couple snow days as early as the 1st week of September…it doesn’t stay and one week later it might b +22 C .Almost every year permanent snow doesn’t settle until maybe Mid to late November .November usually hovers around 0 C …but it can get bone chilling for a couple days towards December.

But again, only for a few days at the most.By Mid December …now your talking winter…snow is here to stay until March.Jan- Feb can have some awfully cold days with mild breaks days at a time at least a few times a month.

To Summarize.December…bad.January-Feb bad.

March can b bad.Early April things are usually warming up nicely.Edmonton winters are always exaggerated to b so brutal.

Although there are days , even maybe a week long stretch of nasty cold…it always breaks up.Usually a melt or 2 or 3 happen through the winter …that can get messy.But 6,7 months of winter ?

Come on get real !!!

The U of A is a good quality Western university comparable to state schools in the western US, but only really shines in Oil & Gas and Agriculture.Edmonton is a nice place in the spring, fall and summer but the other eight months of the year are hellishly cold.Edmonton ends up being pretty insular and awash with oil money, and it’s kind of warped the culture.

The U of C is similar, but not as cold.Canada has remarkable undergraduate institutions in smaller cities, but for PhD’s you are better off in the Vancover, Toronto and Montreal unless your goals are really, really specific to the area.

Contrary to what I’ve read on this site, the U of A is a very well respected multi disciplinary university ranked 4th behind U of T, McGil and UBC.The river valley is second to none and offers a wide array of outdoor activities year round.The winters are chilly but offer more sunny days than any other Canadian city.

Edmonton is home to many theatres, restaurants and more festivals than you can imagine.With the construction of the new downtown arena the area is being revitalized right before your eyes.

Edmonton, like all cities, has a wide spectrum of available lifestyles.If you were to move to Edmonton you’d want to ensure you lived close to the university, as it is located in one of the trendiest areas of town.”Student Life” is basically dictated by how much money you have or are willing to borrow, so of course that would make a difference in your experience.

With that said, you do not need to be wealthy or stupidly in debt to have fun here.If it were me, and I had already made the decidion to study abroad, I personally wouldn’t choose Edmonton unless it was significantly cheaper or I knew people here.

I have never lived there but lived in Calgary (3 hours SW) for 10 years.Edmonton is COLD in the winter.Calgary is cold too but it gets Chinook winds (really warm air comes over the mountain and it can go from -40 Celsius to +10 Celsius really quickly and for days at a time).

As for the quality of the University I can’t help you there.

There’s nothing to do.It’s a very boring city compared to Montreal.I”m not sure how much time you’ll have doing your PhD though.

It’s actually more expensive to live in than Montreal.It does not have a strong school culture where you get to meet lots of people who do University things together.

In Edmonton or Calgary, you would be a legal Alian, and in Toronto, or Vancouver, you will feel home.

My mother used to say it is where the devil says good night colder than vancouver colder than Toronto colder than Montreal if you have to be there fine