International Moving to Vancouver
“Today considered by The Economist to be one of the three best cities to live in, noted for its security, tolerance and equality.”
Useful information about moving to Vancouver
Vancouver is the largest city in British Columbia and the eighth largest municipality in Canada.
Protected by mountains and warm Pacific Ocean currents, Vancouver is one of the warmest cities in Canada. Although it has a reputation as a rainy city, it actually ranks as only the ninth wettest place in Canada.
Vancouver city centre:
The urban area of Vancouver is divided into:
- Yaletown and Centre: The city centre is considered to be downtown Vancouver. You will find places like Canada Place, the Vancouver Art Gallery and Lookout Tower there.
- Gastown: The oldest neighbourhood in Vancouver where you can see the Steam clock and enjoy its bars, restaurants and art galleries.
- Chinatown: The second largest Chinatown in North America, known for its gardens called Dr Sun Yat-Sen Gardens.
- West End: If you are looking for the main residential area in Vancouver, you have found it. West end is located between the city centre and Stanley Park. It also has the highest concentration of gay people in West Canada. Many people are also attracted by its beaches and historic buildings.
- Granville Island: Previously an industrial area, it is now one of the most visited tourist areas where you can enjoy markets, shops, dining, and a wide range of entertainment.
“Vancouver continues to benefit from the 2010 Winter Games with the sustainable designs of community centres, public art and transportation improvements.”
Getting around the city
Vancouver has an extensive network of cheap public transport. We suggest you use public transport to explore the city.
- The SkyTrain: It runs over two lines, the Expo Line and Millenium Line, both passing through the city centre. SkyTrain prices vary depending on the area, line and time of day the service is used.
- Bus: Most areas of the city are covered by the bus lines. It is important to know that only exact change is accepted. It also has three fast bus routes (Line B), connecting other routes to Vancouver Airport.
- SeaBus: The SeaBus is a passenger ship that connects the city centre to the North Shore.
- Boat-taxi: If you would like a short tour, we recommend using the boat taxi which quickly crosses the False Creek water and lets you enjoy the views.
- Bicycles: If you prefer to use the bicycle, Vancouver is bike friendly. You can rent a bike by the hour, day, or week.
Air and maritime transport
Vancouver International Airport is one of eight Canadian airports that has United States customs and administration services.
Its port is the second largest on the American continent and the largest in Canada, in terms of volume and quantity of goods. It is highly important to the city.
Types of accommodation
There are different types of accommodation in Vancouver. From homestays, mainly for foreign travellers and students, to university accommodation, and rooms in shared apartments, affordable ways to live with prices varying between 300 and 900 euros a month, and apartments and houses to rent.
Prices usually vary depending on the region, and area. Larger cities are usually more expensive.