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Pre-departure and Arrival

Flights and Airport Arrivals

Students should plan to arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ).

If you have any questions, or if you are experiencing delays or difficulties in transit or upon arrival due to immigration issues, please contact A member of our team will call to speak with you. Make sure to provide them with your name, student number and a phone number where we can reach you.

Medical Coverage

International students are required to have valid medical insurance while living in Canada. TMUIC students will be enrolled in International Insurance each semester on a four month coverage term.

Your coverage will begin on the dates corresponding with the semester you are commencing studies with TMUIC, and you will be emailed the medical insurance card after you arrive in Canada.

The medical insurance does not cover dentist visits, so it is a good idea to do your dental work in your home country. Your health insurance does not cover your travel to or from Canada, so you should arrange your own travel insurance.

If you arrive prior to the coverage start date, you will need to arrange additional coverage to cover the period prior to the start of your plan.

Upon transfer to Toronto Metropolitan University, students will be enrolled in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). For more information, visit the University Health Insurance Plan page of the Toronto website.

For a copy of the benefit summary, view the Benefit Summary PDF.

For a sample of the policy, please view the policy PDF. Make sure you contact for the most updated version of their policies.

For further details regarding medical insurance, visit

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)
  • TMUIC Letter of Offer
  • TMUIC Letter of Acceptance
  • TMUIC 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)
  • Photos 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 -5°C, and cool light clothing for the summer where temperatures average between 24°C to 26°C. 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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