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Old 06-23-2011, 11:57 AM
 
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Just wondering roughly what would be the cheapest safe place to live in Canada for an 18 year old out of high school from the US with $10k saved up?
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:21 PM
 
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To work, to study, to holiday -- why do you want to live north of the border?

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Just wondering roughly what would be the cheapest safe place to live in Canada for an 18 year old out of high school from the US with $10k saved up?
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:26 PM
 
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I was planning on working for a few years until I can establish citizenship and then study at UoT. So I was wondering where the cheapest place to stay was.
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:53 PM
 
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I was planning on working for a few years until I can establish citizenship and then study at UoT. So I was wondering where the cheapest place to stay was.
I don't think that you'll be able to do that unless there is some reason that you will have a right to remain in Canada while you work and establish citizenship. Is one of your folks a Canadian citizen? Are we missing an important piece of information here?
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:58 PM
 
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Unfortunately I have no folks in Canada, and the more I research this, the harder it seems. Perhaps it would just be better to get a student visa and pay international fees?
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Old 06-23-2011, 01:40 PM
 
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It would be more legal, that's for sure. You can't just move here like that, you know.

Seriously, if just moving from one country to another without any paperwork or job requirements being involved were at all a possibility, I'd have left Canada for the States a long time ago. Not sure what's so interesting up here for you.
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Old 06-23-2011, 01:42 PM
 
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Unfortunately I have no folks in Canada, and the more I research this, the harder it seems. Perhaps it would just be better to get a student visa and pay international fees?
Maybe so, but if I were you, then I'd just pay in-state fees at a local university assuming you've got a decent in-state school that will admit you as a student.

Compare the costs of studying at U of T to those that you might expect to incur at your preferred local school. If they're a wash, then it might be reasonable to consider Toronto. One thing I would caution you about is that although U of T is a good university, it may well be a largely unknown commodity to grad and professional school admissions staff if you want to continue your studies at an American university after you finish up in Canada. Holding a degree from a university with which admissions staff or admissions committee members are not familiar may make it more difficult to gain entry into some your preferred programs in your home country. I'm not saying that this is certain to happen, but it may happen.

For whatever reasons, you may feel disaffected with your homeland right now, but you're young and those feelings may change. I wouldn't do anything that may imperil your chances to succeed at home if I were you.

I wish you nothing but the best of luck as you try to chart your course, my young friend.

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Old 06-23-2011, 03:44 PM
 
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You can do what I did - get a University degree and several years worth of work experience in the U.S., then apply to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker.

If you did go as a student, there are some schools that offer relatively cheap tuition to international students. I know Newfoundland has cheap tuition and Saskatchewan may be the other one, but I am not sure.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:49 AM
 
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One thing I would caution you about is that although U of T is a good university, it may well be a largely unknown commodity to grad and professional school admissions staff if you want to continue your studies at an American university after you finish up in Canada.
This is not true. UofT is well-known in academic circles. It has been an AAU member since 1926.

However, international fees at UofT are very high. It would probably make more financial sense to stay in the US for school.
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Old 06-24-2011, 03:13 PM
 
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This is not true. UofT is well-known in academic circles. It has been an AAU member since 1926.

However, international fees at UofT are very high. It would probably make more financial sense to stay in the US for school.
Based on some years spent in the States, I have noticed that many American universities -- even the big fancy ones -- just barely have Toronto on their radars. McGill gets more play down here, mainly because it was a significantly more prestigious place way back when. In most countries, the university community tend to be pretty provincial, and America is no exception to the rule.

Admissions folks love "brand names", and those brand names for English-speaking universities outside of the States include LSE (not as good as North Americans presume it to be I have been told), Oxford, Cambridge and McGill. Sometimes foreigners will mention Toronto in the same breath, but in my experience, people outside of Canada are not always that familiar with its reputation for excellence. Are there excellent universities elsewhere in Canada, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa? You can be assured that there are. Some of them are every bit the equal of the best of the best anywhere.

The sad fact is, however, that lay prestige counts for a lot and its hard to shake the short list of incumbents to have lesser-known powerhouse schools mentioned in the same breath as Oxbridge, LSE, McGill, etc. It may not be fair, but that's what I've observed in my travels.
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