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. 

Health Insurance

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 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.

Public Transportation

You can get around Halifax by bus or ferry. Adult and student cash fare is $2.75 each way (transfers are free), you can buy 10 tickets for $24.75, or a bus pass for a month for $82.5.


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:

Coffee Shop

Uncommon Grounds

Wired Monk

Trident Booksellers & Cafe

Rousseau Chocolatier

Cabin Coffee

Weird Habour Espresso Bar

Humani-T Cafe


Second Cup

After 8 Cafe

Fresh Local Uncommon Coffee

Coburg Social Bar & Cafe

The Old Apothecary

Local Restaurants

Henry House

2 Doors Down

Chives Canadian Bistro

Morris East Restaurant and Wine

Darrell's Restaurant

Le Bistro by Liz

Primal Kitchen

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

International Restaurants

Gangnam Korean BBQ

Talay Thai Restaurant

Red Fusion Chinese Restaurant

Man Bean Restaurant (Vietnamese)

Buta Ramen

Sushi Nami Royale

In Spring Sushi

Wow Hotpot

Seoul Restaurant


Atlantic Superstore


Taishan Asian Grocery

Ca-Hoa Grocery

Pete's Frootique & Fine Foods

Fast Food

Tim Horton's


Snappy Tomato


Crepe Crepe Cafe

Pita Pit


Burrito Jax

Pizza Corner


Niche Lounge

Stillwell Beergarden

Rockbottom Brewpub


Oasis Pub

Durty Nelly's Irish Pub

The Fickle Frog


HFX Sports Bar & Grill

Bitter End Martini Bar & Restaurant

Lot Six

Tea & Dessert


Rabbit Hole


Layers Wedding Cakes & Cupcakes

Sugah Confectionery & Ice Cream

The Middle Spoon Desserterie & Bar

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

The Dairy Bar

Daily Grind Sugar Fix