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What to Pack

The transition to a new country can at times be overwhelming. Check out this list of important items you should bring with you on your journey to Canada!

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).
  • WLIC Letter of Offer.
  • WLIC Letter of Acceptance.
  • WLIC 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).

Other suggested items

  • Credit card and approximately $200 CDN in cash on-hand.
  • International prepaid phone card.
  • Medical records and immunization records.
  • Contact numbers and addresses (both local and abroad).
  • Adaptors (electrical systems in Canada are 110 volts).
  • Pictures of family and friends.
  • Clothing and toiletries.


The four distinct seasons require a variety of clothing, including warm clothing and boots for the winter, where temperatures can average around -8°C, and cool light clothing for the summer where temperatures average between 24°C to 26°C. Read more tips on winter clothing and how to stay warm.

The dress code on campus is generally informal, and most students wear casual clothing to classes. However, students are advised to have clothing appropriate for professional and special social functions that may arise.

Household Items

Some students may rent private suites or a room in a shared suite or house. Note that the majority of private rentals are unfurnished. When looking for accommodation, check what is included before you sign the rental agreement forms.

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