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Living in Calgary

Calgary is nestled in the foothills, about an hour's drive from the Rocky Mountains. A modern, safe & friendly city of about one million people, Calgary offers many cultural, sporting and outdoor activities. To learn more about living in Calgary follow some of the links below.


Still have questions?  Phone 2-1-1.   It is a three digit phone number that connects callers to a full range of community, social and government services information. It's free, confidential and multilingual.  In Calgary, certified information and referral specialists answer 2-1-1 calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


About Town

Surrounding Area

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Finding a Place to Live


Note: Before you move in to your accommodation, you and your landlord need to agree to the terms of your rental agreement in a contract. This contract is called a residential tenancy agreement. A written agreement is wise. Information for landlords and tenants is available here in PDF format. If you are in Canada you can also get this information by phoning 1-877-427-4088.

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Child Care

On Campus:

  • University Child Care Centre (click here)
    Note: The waiting list for the university day-care is close to 2 years!
  • Kids & Company (click here).   The University of Calgary has partnered with Kids & Company in order to provide another child care option. 

Government Resources for Off Campus Child Care:

  • Child Care Options  (click here)
  • Daycare Look-Up (click here)
  • Finding Quality Child Care (click here)
  • Choosing the Child Care Guide: A Guide to Licensed and Approved Child Care in Alberta (click here)
  • Child Care Checklist (click here)
  • Choosing Child Care – Telephone Interview Planner (click here)
  • The Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services (Parent Brochure) (click here)
  • The Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services (click here
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Public Schools

Note: International postdoctoral fellows with a valid work permit may enroll their child in a public school free of charge.

Calgary Board of Education (click here)

Calgary Catholic School District (click here)

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Health Services

  • The Calgary Health Region has a guide of family physicians taking new patients (call 403-943-LINK or click here for assistance)
  • University Health Services is also available for postdocs on a walk-in basis (click here)
  • For a listing of Calgary Walk-in Clinics, follow the link on the Inform Alberta Website (click here)
  • Dental Choice - dental office in the MacEwan Student Centre (3rd floor) (403) 261-4777 
  • The Alberta Dental Association and College website has a dentist locator to help you find a dentist in your area  (click here)
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Recreation, Sport and Fitness

On Campus

  • Health and Recreation Centre: Postdocs may take out a membership under the faculty/staff category (click here)
  • Kinetix Fitness & Wellness Centre (medical centre) (click here)

Around Town

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