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Step 2: Getting to (know) St. John's

1. Make sure that you have the proper health Insurance:

  • It is required that you have medical coverage during your stay in Newfoundland. You will be covered under our compulsory plan at Memorial University for a period up to 4 months, commencing on the day of your arrival, for which there will be an additional fee. More information about this coverage is available at our International Student Advising site. Any questions regarding health coverage can be directed to our International Student Advising Office.

2. Ensure the proper banking arrangements

Of the banks available in St. John's, Newfoundland several have international connections, but it is advisable to check with your local bank to see what international partners exist (this may help reduce transfer and withdrawal fees substantially). The banks located in the St. John's area are: BMO Financial Group (national) - (formerly Bank of Montreal); CIBC (national) - Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce; HSBC (international); Royal Bank (national); Scotiabank (national); TD Canada Trust (national)

3. Figure out how much things cost

    While daily rates change, check the value of your local currency compared to the Canadian dollar on a currency exchange site. Find out just how much things cost to live in St. John's, Newfoundland.

    5. Learn what services exist for you

    Your exchange officer, the faculty or department in which you are studying and the department of Student Affairs and Services is here to help you get the support you need during your stay at Memorial.


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