life starts here.
It's not only about studying! You will start your brand new life here in a new country, new city, with new friends, and a new lifestyle. We'd love to be part of your East Coast life. Enjoy！
Tips & Tax
Taxes are generally not included in the stated price, most goods and services are subject to 15% HST and will be charged when you pay.
Tipping is expected in restaurants, bars, hair salons, when taking a taxi and in other service industries. The average is 15% of the total amount of bill.
It is mandatory for international students to provide proof of health insurance when studying in Canada. Please bring your proof of health insurance on the first day of school. We can also arrange your health insurance through Guard Me International Insurance at a rate of $2/day. Please visit https://www.guard.me/ for policy information.
In Nova Scotia you must be at least 16 years old to get a driver's licence. Most car rental companies require a driver age of 21 years old.
The legal drinking age is 19 years in Nova Scotia. Students under 19 are not permitted to buy alcohol and no one may buy alcohol for them. Anyone buying alcohol will be asked to provide proof of age.
You can get around Halifax by bus or ferry. Adult and student cash fare is $2.50 each way (transfers are free), you can buy 10 tickets for $20, or a bus pass for a month for $78 ($70 for students).
You cannot smoke in any indoor workplaces or public spaces. Outdoor licensed areas and patios are also required to be smoke free. It is against the law to smoke in a vehicle when a minor (anyone under 19) is present.
What's around us?
East Coast Language College (ECLC) is conveniently located in Downtown Halifax with tons of amenities around.
Here is a list of what's around us:
Trident Booksellers & Cafe
Weird Habour Espresso Bar
After 8 Cafe
Fresh Local Uncommon Coffee
Coburg Social Bar & Cafe
The Old Apothecary
2 Doors Down
Chives Canadian Bistro
Morris East Restaurant and Wine
Le Bistro by Liz
La Frasca Cibi & Vini
Your Father's Moustache
Black Sheep Restaurant
The Bicycle Thief
Stories Fine Dining
The Press Gang Restaurant and Oyster Bar
The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar
Gangnam Korean BBQ
Talay Thai Restaurant
Red Fusion Chinese Restaurant
Man Bean Restaurant (Vietnamese)
Sushi Nami Royale
In Spring Sushi
Taishan Asian Grocery
Pete's Frootique & Fine Foods
Crepe Crepe Cafe
Durty Nelly's Irish Pub
The Fickle Frog
HFX Sports Bar & Grill
Bitter End Martini Bar & Restaurant
Tea & Dessert
Layers Wedding Cakes & Cupcakes
Sugah Confectionery & Ice Cream
The Middle Spoon Desserterie & Bar
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
The Dairy Bar
Daily Grind Sugar Fix