Phones and Internet
To call an international number from Canada, dial:
011 + Country Code + Area Code + Local Number
International calling cards offer reduced rates and can be purchased from most convenience stores.
If you are living off-campus you may need to set up telephone service. Landline services are available (generally through Telus or Shaw) but most students choose the convenience of a cell phone.
Note: Residents in Vancouver use the following terms interchangeably: cell phone, cellular, mobile, and smart phone.
If you have an unlocked cell phone, it will work in Canada with a new SIM card from any service provider. Your international cell phone may also work in Canada, but understand your international fees before using your phone in Canada.
There are many cell phone providers with stores and information stands in the mall. Information is also available online. Ask about student plans as you may get a discount rate. Understand the terms of your contract including:
- How much data is included
- Fees for international calls
- Limits on text messages or calls
- Length of the contract or month-to-month terms
- Financial penalties are for ending a contract early
Free wi-fi is available on campus with a Langara ID and all students will be issued a Langara email address.
If you are living off-campus you may choose to install high-speed Internet and/or cable (television) through a service provider for a monthly fee. These services can sometimes be bundled for a discount rate.
The two major service providers for home telephone, Internet, and cable services are Telus and Shaw – although there are many others that you may wish to consider.