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Before You Get Here

In Saskatoon, typical rental costs range from $500 to $1,500 per month, depending on your budget and preference. Consider additional costs such as electricity, water, phone, internet, and transportation. Remember that you will also require furniture if you rent an unfurnished suite.

Homestay

This option is your opportunity to live in the home of a Canadian family. You are able to become immersed in Canadian culture and make new friends quickly.

The minimum stay with Homestay is eight weeks and should be confirmed six weeks before arriving.  

Website: www.canadahomestaynetwork.ca | www.reseauhomestaycanada.com

You can also speak directly with an SBC Student Advisor by email.

Temporary Accommodation

To give yourself time to find long-term accommodation, you may need to stay in a hotel. When reserving a room at the following hotels, identify yourself as a Saskatoon Business College international student.

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Finances

To be eligible to study in Canada, you must provide Citizenship Immigration Canada (CIC) with proof that you have enough money to pay tuition and living expenses for the length of your program.

SBC suggests you have easy access to $1,500 in cash or traveller’s cheques for your initial expenses. If you are arriving with friends or family, or are required to make a deposit on a rental accommodation, you may need more than this amount.

Transportation

Air – Connect from Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Regina.

Train – VIA Rail Canada (viarail.ca)

Bus – Greyhound takes two days from Vancouver and three from Toronto.

Once you get to Saskatoon

Health and Mental Health Supports

Saskatchewan Health provides free health coverage to full-time international students who hold a valid study permit. Spouses and children on international students with a valid study permit are also covered.

Saskatchewan Health covers most doctor’s fees and hospital bills. You have three months to apply after arriving in Canada and you can apply here: Apply for a Health Services Card.

Saskatoon Transit

The main bus terminal for Saskatoon public transit is located half a block from SBC. SBC students can purchase a discount bus pass for unlimited rides each semester.  

Newcomer Information Centre

Gain assistance on settling, finding work off-campus, making friends, and getting around town. Located one block south of SBC.

106-129 3 Ave N, Saskatoon, SK S7K 2H4

306-343-8303

Website: www.nicstoon.org

What to expect on Registration Day

You will arrive at Saskatoon Business College at 8:45am to sign documents, make any outstanding payments, and have your picture taken for your SBC student card.

Attendance is mandatory. Please ensure you bring the following:

  1. Your passport (original)
  2. Study permit (original)
  3. Your secondary/post-secondary school transcripts and diplomas/certificates (original)
  4. Proof of English language proficiency if English is not your first language (original)
  5. The fees for your tuition and books indicated on your Letter of Acceptance must be paid on or before your start date unless you make formal arrangements to pay in installments.

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