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

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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: benfoldsfivefan
2007-04-05 03:19 am (UTC)
if you want to live close to the school but off-campus, be prepared to pay a lot of money for a pretty crappy place (from what i can tell, that's the norm).
i live about a 20minute bus ride from the school (one direct bus) on a main street, and my place is super cheap (newly renovated 2 bedroom for 675 a month).

gas will cost you, it's about 15 cents higher here than in southern ontario, and that's on a good day (why i take the bus... the bus pass is included in tuition next year!)
food is generally about the same as down south (i'm from peterborough and i don't notice a marked difference)

there's the Ontario Work Study Program for on-campus jobs during the school year. you have to be OSAP eligible to get one, but that doesn't sound like it'll be a problem for you.

as for winter wear, we tend to get VERY cold winters, so you'll probably want a good thick 3-in-1 ski jacket. if you wait til you get up here to buy it and then ask somebody at the store, they'll tell you what you need. that's what i did in first year.

there is the lakehead off-campus housing directory. i believe you can access it from the main website at lakeheadu.ca

rez is a waste of money, in my opinion. but that's just me and i know a lot of my friends still enjoy living there, so that's totally your call.
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