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Living in Vancouver

Living in Vancouver

Life in a new city, especially one as unique and exciting as Vancouver can be daunting. Here are a few tips designed to make your life run smoothly when you arrive in Vancouver.


Crime happens everywhere, despite the place you're living in. Thefts, pick-pocketing and small crimes occur from time to time. In order to better protect you from any crime, The Vancouver Police Department have provided the following guidance so you can have a safe and enjoyable stay in Vancouver.

Theft is also another common type of crime. DO NOT leave your purse, backpack or other property unattended in public places.

Accommodation and Housing


Many international students at Douglas College choose to live in homestay for their first few months of living in Canada. Douglas College works with a homestay placement service called First Choice International Placement (FCI). 

FCI will help to place you with a homestay family depending on your interests and individual requirements. Homestay families are all carefully screened and selected to ensure the best possible experience. For more information, contact FCI directly.


If you want to rent your own place, the easiest way to look for your new home is online. You can find more resources on the Douglas Student Union website

Be cautious when searching and remember to view the inside of a property before you sign a lease or pay any money. There are several other rights and responsibilities that you have as a tenant (renter). To learn more about these, visit the Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre website.

TransportationCompass Card Sample

Getting around the Vancouver area is easy with our efficient public transportation system, known as TransLink. As part of your student fees, you have paid for a U-Pass, a transit discounted passes for post-secondary students which is loaded on a Compass Card (the image on the right) each month.

Your U-Pass provides unlimited access to bus, SeaBus, and SkyTrain services within the Vancouver area. To begin accessing the public transportation system, purchase a Compass Card at any SkyTrain station or one of these retailers and load your U-Pass BC onto it.

Campus Locations 

Douglas College has three campuses located in the Lower Mainland. They are all easily accessible via Translink. Find out the location of your campus and how long it takes from your house on Google map.

New Westminster Campus 

700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3M 5Z5

*1 block from the New Westminster SkyTrain





David Lam Campus (Coquitlam Campus)

1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7X3

*300m (5 min walk)

from the Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain








Anvil Centre Campus 
11 8th Street, New Westminster, BC
V3M 3N7

*Across from
the New Westminster Skytrain station, and 2 blocks from New Westminster Campus