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Life in Halifax

A lively seaside city to explore, study and grow.

With 400,000+ people, Halifax is one of Canada's fastest-growing cities. As a region's hub for culture, innovation and commerce - Nova Scotia's historic capital is full of inspiring experience for learners from around the world.

Study at hip cafes or have lunch in the park, and be back in time for your next lecture. With dining, shopping, and entertainment just steps away, you'll find many exciting ways to spend your time between classes. In your free time, check out downtown events, explore historic sites, or head to one of the many nearby beaches, lakes, and hiking trails. Whatever you're into, Halifax is the place to be.

"There's always something to do here, new places to see, new people to meet."

— Kyle, Bachelor of Arts

"Moving to Halifax was the best thing I ever did"

— Morgan, Sobey School of Business

Halifax is known as K'jipuktuk in Mi'kmaw, which means "Great Harbour". Saint Mary's University is in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq.


The Perfect Student City

Over 30,000 students attend Halifax's seven post-secondary institutions each year. The continuous flow of bright minds from around the globe keeps the city vibe fresh, diverse and youthful


Must-see sites

When it's time for a study break, you'll have no shortage of cool places to explore (all within walking distance from campus). - Halifax Public Gardens - Citadel Hill Historic Site - Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk - Point Pleasant Park - Halifax Central Library


Weather & Climate

Nova Scotia has a temperate climate, with an average summer high temperature of 22°C (73°F). Winters are never too cold to enjoy great outdoor activities. Average temperatures during the winter months of December to March range from -5° to -1°C.


Getting Around

Halifax is a very walkable city, so exploring the neighbourhood is easy. But when you do want to go somewhere a little further, you can easily use your UPass to ride the public transit system. This handy pass is also valid for taking the Dartmouth ferry - a picturesque journey across the harbour!


Local Culture

There's an undeniable hospitality on the East Coast - a friendliness that makes moving to a new place easier. Halifax's lively food & drink scene provides great opportunities to sample both regional and international cuisines. NO matter where you're from, you'll fit right in.

Things to do

The possibilities are endless, but here are some ideas to get you started: - Rent skates for free at the Emera Oval - Head to the historic Hydrostone District for lunch or coffee - Watch a hockey game or see a concert at the Scotiabank Centre - Go shopping and explore Spring Garden - Get tickets for a show at the Neptune Theatre downtown

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