Helpful tips for you

Helpful tips for you

Personal experience is the most credible source of information. I am happy to share my experience with you, and I hope it will help you to fight any difficulties you can face in Canada.

I would like to give you some piece of information for your consideration. It is very important, especially, for future students of Niagara College.

Niagara College consists of three campuses that are located in different towns. Niagara Falls, Welland, and Niagara-on-the-Lake. These towns are not very big and not very far from each other. The campus you are going to study at depends on your program. If you are planning to work outside the campus, you should consider living in St. Catharines or Niagara Falls. There are a lot of job opportunities for students. And you know there is always “but”… The bus system functions extremely well, BUT it takes time to get to another town.

My first program was International Business Management. This program was at Niagara-on-the-Lake campus (NOTL campus), so I chose to stay at NOTL residence. When I arrived I got to know that the program was transferred to Niagara Falls campus. I had no choice than to take a bus. It used to take me almost one hour to get to my campus from the residence. One month later I moved to Niagara Falls and it was walking distant to college. My second program is at Welland campus and now I spend 1,5 hours to reach the campus.

Also, you should know that there is no bus service between towns after 8 p.m.,  on Sundays, and state holidays. So, take into account that if you work and study, you would have evening or weekends shifts. There will be no way you can get home except taxi or if you have your own vehicle.



If you have any questions, you are welcome ask. I would be happy to answer all of them!

17 thoughts on “Helpful tips for you

  1. Daria, your blog will be a great resource for international students coming to Niagara College. I have a question, how can international students find a part-time job during the course of their studies?

  2. Hi Daria,

    This post is super insightful. It really gave me a reality check, seeing as I am not a student that uses public transportation to commute to campus. That being said, I commend you for always being in class and on time. Keep up the great work!

  3. Hi Daria!
    I really enjoy your blog. I think it’s great for students new to Canada to hear of the experiences of someone who has already done it. I’m sorry it takes so long to get to campus! What a pain! Hopefully Niagara will have a more seamless transit system in the future.

  4. Same thing happened to me, i was also in International Business management when i came to Canada and i took home near Welland campus and then i got to know that my program was in falls campus. So, very helpful tips for the students.

  5. Hello Daria,
    This post will definitely help students in future. Can you please mention the bus numbers as well or attach a bus schedule, to make it more easier for them.

  6. Hi Daria, this blog is so helpful for newcomers to Canada and international students looking to come to Canada! I may share this with my boyfriend to help prepare him for Canada life.

  7. Love you blog Daria. I remember commuting to the college before I got my car. It took me about that long to get to school, even with transfers. Really enjoyed reading this.

  8. Hello Daria,
    I enjoy reading your blog!
    I think it is a very helpful for all international students.
    The transportation issue can be important for a lot of us, so thanks for clarifying.

  9. Hi Daria,

    I also take the bus to school everyday and find it to be a huge adjustment from the 24/7 service i took in Toronto! When moving to Niagara, everyone should research transportation first! Google Maps is a great resource.

    Very informative for newcomers to the region!

  10. Hello! First of all I want to thank you for writing a blog for people who are new to Canada. These tips are really helpful for international students like me. I will be glad to read more tips.

  11. “The bus system functions extremely well” may be the first time that I have ever heard that, however there are people working to reduce the amount of buts you’ll have to use for talking about transit.

  12. Great idea for a blog! I could not agree more that personal experience is the best way to learn. I myself learn the most when I have to experience it for myself. Your personal experiences will make a great resource for other international students as well.

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