International Students Guide, Part 1: Advanced Preparations

Posted by York & U on April 4, 2019

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As an international student, there are many things you have to consider before you make your way to York University: preparing documents, making accommodation arrangements and thinking through money matters. York U has all the resources you need including York International, which can help you with many of your questions before and after arriving at York and will be your home away from home while you are here. In this #YUBlog post, we will be helping you with some of these important considerations before you make the trip to York U!

York International will be your home away from home here at York U!

Confirm Your Application Status

Waiting to see if you have been accepted to York University? Visit MyFile by entering your York student number (provided in your confirmation email when you applied) and your date of birth. Within MyFile, you can check that we have received your application, view the status of your application, see your scholarship details, apply to residence and more. To view the status of your offer, simply go to the Application Status tab and look under “Next Steps”. If no decision has been made, check back in a few days. Application offers are an ongoing process so you should receive a decision soon.

If you have received an offer from York University, congratulations! Feel free to accept your offer by clicking the “Accept/Decline Offer” option under Next Steps. The next page will guide you down the path of officially becoming a York University student. Welcome to the Lion pride!

Need help with your documents? York International offers Immigration Advising.


The first thing that you want to have ready are your documents. As international student, you are required to obtain certain documentation from the Canadian embassies, visa offices or consulates abroad to study in Canada. Because understanding another countries’ immigration system can be challenging, we are here to provide you with information that will help to make this process easier. The three main documents you may need to obtain to study in Canada are:

If you are missing any of these documents, it could delay your arrival in Toronto to the point where you could miss the start of classes. Do not leave it to the last minute!

If you have any questions about residence, they can be answered here!


As soon as you have your documents set to go, you should start to think about arranging for your accommodation. If you plan to live on campus, you will have to apply for residence with Housing Services. All first-year students are guaranteed a spot in one of the residences on campus.
York has close to 2,500 residence spaces available for students in ten different undergraduate residence buildings at York’s Keele and Glendon Campuses. If you prefer to live off campus on your own, you should start looking for apartments near campus and pre-arrange a rental before you arrive.

Success Tip: Check out our previous post “Residence Life: Living in the Lion’s Den” for everything you need to know about residence and accommodation at York U!

Make sure you check out York International’s budget breakdown to get an idea of the cost of attending York U.

Money Matters 

You want to have everything paid and confirmed with York University before you leave home. This includes tuition fees, residence fees, meal plan (if you plan on living in residence) and health-care insurance. While these fees can be paid at the beginning of the school year in September, it is always easier to have all money matters sorted out before your arrival. This way you can spend your first few days settling in, enjoying yourself and discovering campus and the city without worrying about things that can be taken care of in advance.

Once you’re here, you have the possibility of earning while you learn by working in Canada. Obtaining a job while studying has many benefits and we’re here to help! York University provides job postings through their Career Centre, giving you the opportunity to work on- and off-campus. York International also facilitates opportunities for international students interested in co-operative education and networking opportunities. To learn more about employment opportunities and co-operative education at York University, visit our Working in Canada website.

Finally, take advantage of York University’s social media channels and ask any questions that could help you through this process. You can reach us on Facebook or Twitter, and obviously here at the YUBlog for further guidance. We look forward to seeing you here!

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