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Moving to TB [Apr. 4th, 2007|10:48 am]
Lakehead University

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[morningapproach]
Hello all.

I just got word today that I was accepted to Lakehead for my bachelor's of ed. I am now trying to do some reasearch on moving up there and where I will live and what I will need, and how expensive coming back down here to Windsor (and vice-versa) it will be for my boyfriend & I.

So - where do I look for housing near the university? Is there a housing directory online somewhere that I can look at (just to get prices for now)? Do a lot of places near the U rent for 8 months? How is the Residence at Lakehead? Would it be worth it to look into the townhouse or apartment residences (I don't want a meal plan, as I would rather make all my own food) for 650 a month? Looking on the university off-campus housing directory, there doesn't seem to be much offered in ways of students moving in from out of town who don't have a group. Are there places that offer 8 months leases?

What are the living expenses like? More expensive than other parts of the country for food? less? gas?

Also, what would I need for winter weather up there in terms of clothing and such? In Windsor our winters are relatively mild, and I usually just wear a hoodie over a tee under my winter coat.

Also, does Lakehead offer some sort of Work Study program for students where they can work on campus? I plan on getting OSAP, and most of my school/living will be paid for that way, but I know that I will need another job for extra money, like travel and car expenses.

Thanks for any help!
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[User Picture]From: diem
2007-04-04 04:34 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the bay and congratulations on getting accepted to the university! From what I have seen the ED program is very good here and i'm sure you will enjoy it. Now the details!

Housing - Housing costs are low-mid range averaging around 400-575 for a one bedroom place or as low as 200 a month if you decide to live with people. There are two ways I can think of that might assist you with finding a place. offcampus.lakeheadu.ca is a very good resource with listings and a place for people who are looking for roommates. The second one which is not as good is homesweethomes, do a google search for them it's 15 bucks and they send you their housing registery. The place I found more useful though was the offcampus website because then you are generally getting landlords used to students and for the student listings you generally get really neet people. Having just read the latter part of your opening statement that entire point was pointless since you already know about it :)

AS for winters? COLD AS F**K. Currently as I am writing this there is a nice blizzard going on outside with winds up to 70Km an hour and about 25 CM of snow. This isn't the norm but it does happen. During the dead of winter it can get as cold as -40 outside with the windchill factor. I suggest a good northface winter coat and the works to go with it.

Work Study programs can be found through the financial aid office which is located main building down the stairs by the bookstore. Jobs don't pay all to well but they work around your schedule. Marianne will be able to help you if you have further questions. She is good and whom I delt with as a student there.

Other features you might like. Hioto which is located at Bay and Algoma makes some of the best pancakes ever. Cheap (around 6 bucks for a filling meal) and a hit with students. Hillcrest park is nice for the sceanic view of the city as well. We have one large mall intercity which can be reached by the 9 bus route from the university. A couple of the popular bars are Roxy's and Armani's which are both your typical meat markets with loud R&B and Rap. Decent if you like that sort of thing. More chill out places include Tony & Adams located downtown Port Arthur, Madhouse which is right by the hoito and the fast lane which is your standard cougar market but with damn good wings and good times.

Living expensives should be compariable to windsor. Gas is steep right now at 1.08 ltr but food if you stick to the superstore shouldn't be an issue.

Watch out for the wild tooks.

That should get you going, anything else you need to know don't hesitate to leave a comment on my journal or respond to this one. Take care!


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[User Picture]From: morningapproach
2007-04-04 09:03 pm (UTC)
wild tooks?

Thanks for your help :) I am going to make sure to invest in Winter Tires for my car.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-05-15 12:34 am (UTC)

Reznet

What are the speeds on the reznet like? I like to download things alot! And having good internet is important. Also are they Nazi when it comes to port blocking and bit torrent? Thanks in advance.
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