Settling In

There are orange and red leafed trees outlining a pathway leading towards a building. 5 people are standing on the pathway in conversation. A red border is around the image with the words 'Settling In' in the top left corner in white font.Once you arrive in the Greater Toronto Area, there are many things to consider to make life here convenient and comfortable. Some things to consider:

Housing & Accommodation


  • Temporary accommodations on and near York University's campus
  • Buying or renting a home (real estate agents, Toronto neighbourhoods)
  • Home utilities


Driving & Licensing


  • Ontario driver's licence (driving with a non-Canadian licence)
  • Driving regulations & requirements
  • Automobile & home insurance


Education & Childcare


  • The Ontario school system (private school, public school students & higher education)
  • Childcare on and near campus
  • Emergency childcare



  • Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)
  • University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)


Social Insurance Number


  • Social Insurance Numbers for temporary residents
  • How to apply for a Social Insurance Number


Please contact the Immigration and Relocation officer at if you have any specific needs or concerns.