Bring enough to cover early expenses such as taxis, telephones, etc. Credit cards are widely accepted and Automated Banking Machines (ATMs) are located throughout the city and at various locations on campus. You will find the following bank branches in St. John’s: Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank, Royal Bank of Canada, CIBC, TD Bank and HSBC.
If you intend to open a bank account in St. John’s, traveller’s cheques can be a simple form of convertible cash to deposit into your bank account.
If you bring an electric hair dryer, hair straightener, razor, computer, etc. you will need to purchase an adaptor to convert to the 120-volt system and the Canadian plug type (two- or three-prong plug).
If you are required to take a particular prescription, it is a good idea to discuss the availability of this type of medication in Canada with your doctor. Some students choose to bring a supply of their prescription medication to last for the entire semester, as it can sometimes be more expensive or difficult to find than in your home country.
Newfoundland weather can be harsh at times. A winter jacket with an insulated lining is a must for the winter semester. Boots suited for Newfoundland winter may be purchased upon arrival. Hats and mittens are also essential items.
Students sometimes find it helpful to bring some photos or easy-to-pack food items (e.g. favourite type of candy or spice). Familiar items can be comforting if you are missing home.
Bed linen, towels, an alarm clock, cutlery, dishes, pots and pans. Many students choose to purchase these items upon arrival in St. John’s.