Are you worried you’ll forget to bring something? Here is a list of essentials to help you:
- Winter jacket
- Winter boots, gloves, and hat
- Sweaters and other warm clothing
- Light jacket
- Bed sheets and pillow covers
- Alarm clock
- Medicine and prescriptions
- English dictionary
- Contact list
- Traditional clothing from your country
- Traditional music or instrument that you play
- Items from your country that can be used in displays and presentations
- Your country flag
You can read more about what you are allowed to bring to Canada, and what to expect when you arrive.
Weather & Clothing
Lethbridge has a varied climate. The summers are warm and dry with temperatures reaching highs of over 30°C and the winters reaching temperatures well below 0°C (sometimes as low as -30°C). Our wide range of temperatures and weather conditions can make packing a challenge. Be sure to bring warm clothing or be prepared to purchase some for the months of November through April. You will need a warm winter jacket, boots, gloves, a hat, sweaters, and other warm clothing. A light jacket with a hood is recommended for fall (September - November) and spring months (April - June). In general, people dress casually in Lethbridge. Jeans, t-shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, and a good pair of walking shoes tend to be the clothing items of choice for most uLethbridge students. In addition, you may wish to bring some formal clothing for special occasions. If you have traditional clothing or accessories you would like to wear on special events for international students, bringing it would be great.
If you're arriving for the Fall term, you may not need to bring winter items with you, as you'll have some time to purchase them once you arrive. If you're starting your studies in the Spring term (January), we suggest coming prepared for winter.
If you are from a country with a warmer climate and clothing appropriate for cold weather is not readily available to you, you may wish to purchase your winter clothing when you arrive. Additionally, the International Centre organizes a winter coat exchange program for students. You can check with us to see what items are available when you arrive.
If you are bringing any electrical equipment, it should be compatible with Canadian voltage which is 110 volts, 60Hz. It is also possible to purchase adapters for electrical outlets.
Also keep in mind that airlines will limit the weight of luggage that you may bring with you on your flight and overweight baggage fees may apply. You should plan ahead and check with your airline for baggage allowance, and pack accordingly. You may wish to consider shipping non-essential belongings to Canada, or purchasing them when you arrive.