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Resources to help you prepare for your stay in Canada


What should I pack? What will the weather be like? What are the things to see and do? Where can I get a phone, a car or find housing? Will I be able to work while studying? What does it cost to live in Québec City?

You will find answers to these and many other questions in the various guides and websites made available to you by Université Laval. 


To start, consult the International Student’s Handbook and the Living in Québec City section of the Bureau de la vie étudiante website, where you’ll find a gold mine of pertinent information. You’ll receive a paper copy of the handbook during your UL orientation and information session — keep it handy throughout your stay.


Public Transit in Québec City

Are you studying full time at Université Laval in the Winter 2020 semester? If so, you can apply for your public transit Laissez-passer universitaire – LPU (U-Pass) today! To get it, just go to monPortail, and choose to have it sent by mail to avoid the line-ups at the beginning of the school year.

Your U-Pass will give you unlimited access to all regular services with Réseau de transport de la Capitale and Société de transport de Lévis for the fall and winter semesters.

If you are a visiting student (exchange student), the U-Pass is optional. You will automatically receive an email in the next few weeks confirming that you will be able to apply for the U-Pass and explaining how to do so. 

IMPORTANT: The U-Pass can be mailed only to addresses in Québec. If you have reserved a room in residence but do not know your room number yet, you can pick your U-Pass up at the reception desk when you arrive at your residence hall.


Contact Cosmopolite

Contact Cosmopolite is the portal of the international community of Université Laval and is a place for meetings and exchanges. International students can access them, among other things, to share their academic experience, which can be a good tool to help you prepare for your departure. Note that the portal is only in French.

On the portal you will find the section Espace étudiant, which allows you to get in touch with other international or Québec students who currently study at Université Laval, to search or publish ads.

Also, the section Rapports de séjour des étudiants internationaux ayant déjà séjourné à l’Université Laval includes tips, pictures, points of interest and advice shared by students who’ve studied at Université Laval recently.

Web Conference 'Life in Quebec' (French only)

Québec International and Quebec City offer to new students useful information and advice  to make their integration in their new environment easier.

We invite you to view a Web conference  recorded in 2018, where various topics were presented such as:

  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Hobbies
  • Find a job
  • Weather

If you still have questions, contact the international student advisors of the Bureau de la vie étudiante at etudiantsetrangers@bve.ulaval.ca