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could anyone provide me info about bringing a usa registered car to toronto?

i live in buffalo so id be commuting back home on the weekends. would it be necessary to get ontario plates?

You don't need Ontario plates unless you're going to register your car here. I've known a lot of American students who kept their cars registered in the US.

It might be best to contact your car insurance or Drivers licencing centre to find out. If you are moving here permanently then I'd assume you'd get the Ontario plates and register your car here. Are you American or Canadian or both?

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any suggestions for a good cell phone provider?

looking for unlimited talk/text (international text), unlimited incoming for the downtown toronto area

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Seems that this topic is overwhelmingly filled with U of T grad students.

I was recently accepted to Ryerson for grad studies beginning in the fall. Never been to Toronto, have had a few friends who have attended both Ryerson and U of T, but would like to get people's opinions on here as well.

I'm not sure if I have a need to live right downtown, north of Bloor is fine, I was looking at maybe the Davisville or St Clair neighborhoods. Proximity to subway would be great for me as it would be my primary mode of transport to and from school.

Looking to spend about $850-$950 (or $1000 maximum all inclusive) for a 1 bedroom. Looked around Craigslist and saw some decent renovated stuff, a lot of the rentals seem quite old though. Would prefer a more modern place.

Opinions? Any other places I should look? I noticed someone mentioned Roncesvalles (sp?) earlier in the thread. Any other neighborhoods?

More modern places around that area would be Yonge and Eglington, although it may be higher than your price range.

Roncesvalles is a cool neighbourhood - older homes but pretty far out. Ryerson is at Dundas Subway Station basically so it's convenient if you live near a Subway stop. Around the campus, you can find some housing, not sure about pricing though.

Modern, new condos you have to look at "Condoville" which is like a stretch near Union Station to like a bit past Spadina. But they are quite expensive.

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Thought I might revive this topic. I was accepted a little while ago to an MASc in Aerospace Engineering at U of T. Luckily my boyfriend is currently living and working in Toronto so he has taken care of the apartment search. We found a nice two bedroom right near St Clair West subway for $1250, utilities and heated underground parking included. Since I am at UTIAS, which is up by York, my commute is probably going to suck. However if I'm TAing and playing varsity rugby I'll probably have to be on the main campus every once in a while. The location seemed like a good compromise between the two.

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Thought I might revive this topic. I was accepted a little while ago to an MASc in Aerospace Engineering at U of T. Luckily my boyfriend is currently living and working in Toronto so he has taken care of the apartment search. We found a nice two bedroom right near St Clair West subway for $1250, utilities and heated underground parking included. Since I am at UTIAS, which is up by York, my commute is probably going to suck. However if I'm TAing and playing varsity rugby I'll probably have to be on the main campus every once in a while. The location seemed like a good compromise between the two.

congrats!

once the subway expansion up to York is finished, it'll hopefully be easier.

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Thanks! Somehow I doubt the expansion will be done in the two years it will take me to finish my Masters, but oh well. I have accepted the 45 minute commute. I live about a 20-30 minutes (more with traffic) from my undergrad institution, so I'm definitely used to taking a bit of time to get to school. I can't wait to move to Toronto though!

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Thanks! Somehow I doubt the expansion will be done in the two years it will take me to finish my Masters, but oh well. I have accepted the 45 minute commute. I live about a 20-30 minutes (more with traffic) from my undergrad institution, so I'm definitely used to taking a bit of time to get to school. I can't wait to move to Toronto though!

Take a book, or a little pile of papers you have to read, or a portable arts-and-crafts project, or something. The time can be used productively and/or enjoyably!

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Alright: Anyone living in or moving to Toronto for fall 2012? I'll be driving out there from Victoria, BC at the end of July to attend the MA Anthropology program at UofT. Suggestions for areas to live? Finding indoor cat friendly housing from afar? Other tips?

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I currently live in a building owned by: http://www.flagshipcorp.ca/

They have a lot of locations, are pet friendly, aren't picky about tenants, and overall I am happy with them. I would suggest going for a larger commercial landlord if possible if moving from far away. It will probably be an easier process for you.

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Yup! I'm actually looking for a roommate in TO come this fall. I'm going to be going down to Toronto for a week at the end of July to look for a place, so I'm hoping to find someone to live with by then.

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I may as well chime in too. I'm heading to UofT and I'm also looking for housemates as well. I'm not quite sure of my funding distribution nor will I be able to get to Canada until August. But hey, I'm open as of the moment.

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Alright: Anyone living in or moving to Toronto for fall 2012? I'll be driving out there from Victoria, BC at the end of July to attend the MA Anthropology program at UofT. Suggestions for areas to live? Finding indoor cat friendly housing from afar? Other tips?

little italy, roncesvalles, leslieville, riverdale, bathurst&st. clair, or high park areas are awesome! i lived in little italy for a year and it was great -- amazing food, bike lanes, and something going on all of the time. it IS a little pricey though...

generally, the west end of the city is seen as less "sketchy" but there are some awesome areas in the east, so don't discount them right away. the only TRULY sketchy (read: unsafe) area is jane/finch area, which i suspect would be too far away from uoft anyway..

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Totally off-topic, but I'm just noticing now that Canadians who put the applied/rejected/accepted stuff in their signature have applied to two or three schools, but Americans seems to have applied to like 10 schools. Wonder why....

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Totally off-topic, but I'm just noticing now that Canadians who put the applied/rejected/accepted stuff in their signature have applied to two or three schools, but Americans seems to have applied to like 10 schools. Wonder why....

I've noticed this, too. I think there's a very different academic culture in Canada, and students here have different expectations. I've found that, since there is less difference in quality between Canadian schools relative to the American post-secondary system, Canadians choose schools based on a number of softer factors rather than always shooting for the schools with the most prestige. Obviously this is a generalization, but anecdotally I've found it to be true. Also, maybe the fact that Canadians get MAs before applying to PhD programs makes us more certain about what schools would be good fits?

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I've noticed this, too. I think there's a very different academic culture in Canada, and students here have different expectations. I've found that, since there is less difference in quality between Canadian schools relative to the American post-secondary system, Canadians choose schools based on a number of softer factors rather than always shooting for the schools with the most prestige. Obviously this is a generalization, but anecdotally I've found it to be true. Also, maybe the fact that Canadians get MAs before applying to PhD programs makes us more certain about what schools would be good fits?

Huh...I never thought of it in that way, but you might be onto something. There are also far less post-secondary schools and specialist programs in this country, so you can only apply to a limited number of choices I guess.

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Yes, I think that sounds about right: a combination of the fact that there are far fewer schools that would be suitable to each discipline, and the different academic culture in general between the two countries. Evidence of this can also, I think, be found in the presence of standardized testing in the US/lack of in Canada.

Also, if I may insert a quick personal opinion, I think the lack of them in Canada is a better way to go about it. I mean, I know it can come back to bite you in the ass if you have to apply to a school in the US, because there they are conditioned to write standardized tests from a young-ish age. But as far as applying to grad school goes, having to do an honours degree/write a thesis in your undergrad and show competence in critical thinking makes more sense than being able to get a high score on a test that virtually anyone can do with enough studying.

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^ Alberta has standardized diploma exams for their grade 12 students. The exam is worth 50% of your final grade. I personally loved it and thought it prepared students well for university where there are exams that are also worth so much of your grade.

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^ Alberta has standardized diploma exams for their grade 12 students. The exam is worth 50% of your final grade. I personally loved it and thought it prepared students well for university where there are exams that are also worth so much of your grade.

That sounds awful. Standardized testing is v problematic in my opinion, especially for those students who have varying learning abilities and shouldn't be discounted because they can't do a standardized exam.

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That sounds awful. Standardized testing is v problematic in my opinion, especially for those students who have varying learning abilities and shouldn't be discounted because they can't do a standardized exam.

What I think is truly awful is that students in Ontario can buy their grades at privately run schools. There is no accountability.

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Finding indoor cat friendly housing from afar?

Ontario's residential tenancies act stops landlords from restricting pets (http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_06r17_e.htm#BK15) and in my 3 rental apartments in Toronto I have not had trouble having cats. My current building explicitly had a "no pets" clause in the agreement, but at least 1/3 of the tenants have dogs or cats.

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Hey, has anyone lived in U of T's family housing? I'm moving with my partner from the US, so it would definitely be the easiest option, but I get the feeling it's overrun with kids (which would make sense, since it is called family housing). Any opinions?

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