Okay, so just what’s going on here?
For those of you who do not know, I’m a student of the BIT-programme at Umeå University, who’ll be attending a 4-month exchange during the fall term of 2013 at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.
As for what’s going on right now: I’ve been in Toronto for six days now, four of which have been like living in a sauna. The heat in and of itself isn’t bad; a mere 23-25 degrees celsius. The problem lies in the humidity; a humidity which I am told is always this bad in the region. Humidity for the first few days was around 85-90%, so this is definitely something to keep in mind if you’re going to visit Toronto during the summer months.
As for me, I’m just settling into my room. Living in Toronto is very expensive overall (a small room/bachelor’s apt. can be anywhere between $650-1100), and while there are cheaper places, there are also a lot of places you want to steer clear of. The trouble is that not all of them are concentrated in the same spot, or are in the outskirts of the city. On the contrary, there are select blocks near downtown which are considerably worse than what you might find just around the corner, and doing your research will pay off.
Right now I’m living in a room in a 140-year-old townhouse about 20 minutes walk from the Ryerson campus. I only just settled in today, after six nights at the Only Backpackers Inn, a great little hostel up on Danforth Avenue (comes warmly recommended).
Conveniently located smack-dab in the middle of downtown, Ryerson University is one of the several universities in the Toronto area, and it does have many (Brown, U of T, Centennial just to name a few). While the first few days around here (classes have yet to start) have been somewhat chaotic, the welcome I’ve received has been warm and genuine. The student commitment thus far has been lovely, and I look forward to participating in yet another exchange student activity on the morrow.
Want to learn more about life as an exchange student at Ryerson? Then you’re in luck, because there’s more to come in the days, weeks and months ahead, so stay tuned!