What to bring vs. what to buy?

Don't worry about those airline baggage limits, most of your favourite things will be available for purchase in Vancouver. However, don't forget these important items below!

Important Documents

You should make two photocopies of the following documents, one copy to leave with your family at home and one in your suitcase. Please keep all originals in your carry-on luggage.

  • Valid passport
  • Letter of Introduction confirming the approval of your Study Permit from a Canadian Embassy or Consulate
  • Temporary Resident Visa (if required)
  • FIC Letter of Offer
  • FIC Letter of Acceptance
  • FIC Deposit Receipt
  • Proof of funds available
  • Medical records and immunization records, translated if applicable (useful but not required)
  • Medical insurance documents (if you have additional medical insurance from your home country)

Clothing

Vancouver has an oceanic climate with four moderate seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. The summer months are typically warm and dry. We are lucky to enjoy relatively warm winters compared to the rest of Canada, though rain is common in the winter months, with occasional snowfall.

The average monthly temperatures in Vancouver are:

  • January: average high 6*C, average low 1*C
  • February: average high 8*C, average low 1*C
  • March: average high 9*C, average low 2*C
  • April: average high 12*C, average low 4*C
  • May: average high 16*C, average low 8*C
  • June: average high 19*C, average low 11*C
  • July: average high 22*C, average low 12*C
  • August: average high 22*C, average low 13*C
  • September: average high 18*C, average low 10*C
  • October: average high 13*C, average low 6*C
  • November: average high 9*C, average low 3*C
  • December: average high 6*C, average low 1*C

If you are interested in trying outdoor sports like skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing, then you will require a heavier winter jacket and pants. Many stores in Vancouver carry these items, as well as some of the ski hills offer equipment and clothing rentals.

Household Items

Electrical appliances

Electrical systems in Canada operate at 110 volts and 60 Hz. Most appliances have a North American three-pin plug, although some have a two-pin plug. You can purchase an adaptor/converter for your existing electrical appliances if necessary, or wait to purchase appliances in Vancouver.

Items needed if living in SFU Residence

If you are staying in Residence you will need to provide your own sheets, pillows, blankets, and towels. The bed size in Residence is extra-long twin (Single). For more information, visit SFU Residence's website for what is included in your room.

Private Property Insurance

FIC, SFU and Vancouver are generally considered very safe. However, as in most big cities or on large campuses, property theft does occur. You are strongly advised to purchase private property rental insurance, either in Canada or at home before you leave. This should provide coverage for theft or loss of your belongings, as well as property damage due to fire, flood or other unforeseen incidents