To all Canadian Jocks

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    Sep 06, 2010 7:40 PM GMT
    I request your help XD right now Im thinking on taking a masters on Canada, that would mean leaving my country and family but I am sure the e perience would worth it.

    I was wondering if you all can give me some general info about the canadian education system, specially on Graduate Programs, how much is the cost of living in Canada and stuff like that, I already did research on tuition and migration requirements but I have no idea as to how to find someplace to live, aparently there are no doorms? Am i wrong?

    Now for the gay part ( this is real jock after all) are there cities that are gay friendlier than others? I assume yes, and believe that is a factor to consider, right now Im thinking Calgary, what do you think?
  • Jerebear

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    Sep 06, 2010 9:25 PM GMT
    Hey.

    I'm not sure about graduate programs themselves. Each school has its strengths and weaknesses when it comes to that and it really depends on what you are taking.

    Yes, there are dorms.

    The cost of living varies quite a bit city by city. Vancouver and Toronto you really couldnt find a decent apartment for anything less than 800$ (the Canadian dollar is roughly equivalent to the American dollar right now), but it really wouldnt be a challenge at all to find gay/gay-friendly or spanish-speaking roommates in either of those liberal cosmopolitan cities. Montreal is also very cosmopolitan, and also extremely cheap, you get a place there for under 500$ no problem.

    Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa are the other three cities where the metro population is over a million. I don't know much about Ottawa, but Edmonton and Calgary are, at the moment because of the economy, reasonably priced. I used to live in Edmonton until three years ago and I was paying 450$ a month for my one-bedroom.

    As far as attitudes go, we are all equal citizens in this country with full rights. There are rednecks no matter where you are, but even the rednecks in this country are nicer about it (nice is just the Canadian way). Calgary is in the most conservative province, but Calgary itself, especially downtown, has a good sized gay population.
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    Sep 06, 2010 10:32 PM GMT
    couldn't add much to the above poster. you should have been a tour guide brother - pretty well covered everything.....keithicon_cool.gif
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    Sep 06, 2010 11:57 PM GMT
    better like the COLD! Victoria or Vancouver have the best winters, Calgary and Edmonton can reach -30's Celsius for days, sometimes weeks, at a time during the winter. That's right MINUS 30's C.




  • Tiran

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    Sep 07, 2010 12:08 AM GMT
    Jerebear must have left just before the boom. The prices have a gone up a bit in Edmonton and Calgary.

    I currently live in Edmonton, and lived in Calgary for 10 years. I pay just under 700$ for a large 1 bedroom, water and heat included, electricity you pay your own, which is pretty much the standard unless you rent a basement suite or duplex. My place is quite large and I was lucky to get it at that price. I also live in the downtown core. My friends were looking at a 2 bedroom for 1200 or so. Calgary is pretty much comparable.
    The farther you live from the core, the cheaper your rent will be, but the more time and money you will spend on transportation. There is a fair amount of rental housing close to the university in either city, but I suspect the rates will be fairly comparable to the downtown core.
    There are dormatories, but they are generally over subscribed, you would be best to follow up with the universities about them, they will tell you if there are specific ones for grad students or if you have to apply like new students. Most grad students in my experience do not live on campus.

    Both cities have large immigrant communities so there is not real problem with English being your second language, and probably have at least an ethnic grocery or community organization for Honduras. The gay communities are a little closeted and can be hard to find beyond the bar scene, but they are there, and if you try you will make some friends. Both cities have active GLBT sports organizations (which I would recommend), community centres, and the universities both have GLBT student clubs as part of the students associations. I notice you are younger than what I would normally think of for a grad student, so you would fit in well on campus.

    Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto have the largest and most visible gay communities, and are what most people would think of as "gay friendly". However I have never had an issue in Edmonton or Calgary and if you avoid certain bars, and certain parts of town at night (which I would do if I was straight as well) you will be fine.

    Good luck.
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    Sep 07, 2010 12:46 AM GMT
    I think you should probably give more of an idea of where you're thinking of moving and what you're planning on studying. "Graduate studies" is about as broad as "university"
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    Sep 08, 2010 4:00 AM GMT
    bryanc_74 saidI think you should probably give more of an idea of where you're thinking of moving and what you're planning on studying. "Graduate studies" is about as broad as "university"


    yeah I am, I actually am inclined to calgary because I want to persue a masters on environmental law, and i really, really like their program, aparently there is a possiblity youcan finish it in over a year insted of two
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    Sep 08, 2010 4:03 AM GMT
    Tiran said

    I notice you are younger than what I would normally think of for a grad student, so you would fit in well on campus.




    Wow I havent really though of that, whats the average age for a graduate students, Im planning for the 2012 - 2013. Here you kind of keep studying right after you graduate