We encourage all students to arrive at least one day before the LEAF term starts to take care of tasks related to arriving in a new country. There are many small – and some not so small – things that you need to do as soon as you arrive, such as opening a bank account, getting a cell phone, finding your way around campus, and communicating with your family or friends to let them know you have arrived safely.
On the first day of the LEAF Program term, you will complete a proficiency measure to help us understand your strengths and weaknesses in English. After the exam, you will take part in an orientation session organized by the LEAF program to give you helpful information about your classes, Laurier, and life in Canada. You will receive helpful information and advice that will help you become familiar with your new environment, so you are ready to start LEAF classes.
Please use the LEAF Program Student Arrival Form to let us know when and how you are going to be arriving.
There are a number of different options for transportation from Pearson Airport to the city of Brantford. Make sure that you have enough cash to cover a fare, or a credit card that works in Canada.
The coach terminal in Toronto is located at Bay St. and Dundas St., a two-minute walk from Toronto City Hall, or five minutes from the Eaton Centre. The train station, called Union Station, is located at Bay St. and Front St., and is a 10-minute walk from the Eaton Centre.
Note: The bus station in Brantford is a short walk from the student residences. The train station is 1km from campus. For local transportation information and a city map, visit the City of Brantford website.
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