Housing   |   June 15, 2020

5 Best Advice If You Are Planning In Moving To Vancouver, BC

Some tips for you that will help you in taking this important decision!

PHOTO: Vancouver Cityscape at sunset (Photo via jamesvancouver / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Oh Vancouver! Having a West Coast lifestyle sounds like having the time of your life and I can’t blame it. Even though this city is considered one of the most expensive in the world, let us tell you, it’s worth it.

You may just move to the city already. Maybe you are planning to come to Vancouver as an international student or worker. Either way, you might be interested in knowing these 5 hacks or advice to enjoy Vancouver in the best, cheaper and exciting way possible!

1. Don’t depend on one income

For international students, this might be a little bit difficult because of the 20hrs per week that are allowed to work. But don’t worry, you can manage to pay your expenses by yourself as long as you are good at knowing how to finance your money.

First, what you want to do is having roommates. The more roommates you have, the more you are going to save. Here at Vanmates, we help you in finding the perfect room for you according to your needs.

When it comes to transportation, public universities offer some student discounts. For groceries, No frills is the way to go. It is very cheap compared to some other supermarkets in the city. For fruits and vegetables, it is better to buy from locals. It is also pretty affordable and at the same time, it contributes to the community.

2. Get your SIN (Social Insurance Number) as soon as you can

It is a nine-digit number you need in order to work in Canada. It is very simple to get. You just need to go to the nearest Service Canada Office with your paperwork.

Find out which papers you need to have here

3. Everything is taxed additionally to the price

Don’t be surprised if you have to pay more than what you saw on the price! The sales tax rate in Vancouver is 12%. Also, keep in mind that every year you need to pay your taxes. You can either do it by yourself or do it at H&R Block.

4. The weather changes a lot here

An umbrella is going to be part of your everyday outfit. Even though Vancouver is considered the hottest city in Canada, it rains 90% of the time so you better have a waterproof jacket as well! The warmest month is August and the coldest is January. Whatever the weather is, you’ll enjoy Vancouver as much as we all do!

5. Vancouver is considered to be one of the best cities to live in 

If you are still thinking of coming to Vancouver, let us help you in giving the extra push you need to take this important decision!

Mark Jones, Minister at Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church, couldn’t have said it better: ‘Everyone wants a part of Vancouver: families from Shanghai, high-achievers from Mumbai, film-makers from LA, CGI designers from London – and anyone in Canada who is a bit fed up with the cold. No Ontario blizzards, no LA smog, no Hong Kong chaos. Just mountains, sea, big skies and wide streets.’

Where the foodies at? If you are wondering about the food in this spectacular city, there are lots of options. Since Vancouver is one of North America’s most cosmopolitan cities, you can either choose from South America food to Malaysian cuisine. TIP: Tacofino, Social Corner, Cafe Medina and Miku are a must to visit!

Like I mentioned before, you can do so many outdoor activities from enjoying the most breathtaking views while hiking to skiing in the beautiful mountains such as Grouse Mountain or Cypress.

In short words, Vancouver has it all.

Don’t forget to contact us if you have any questions! We would love to hear from you!


Marcela Guzman