Resources for International Students

COVID-19 (coronavirus) update: We understand the current situation is particularly difficult for you. Please reach out for information and support specific to your personal situation through a private, confidential conversation with an international student advisor (ISA) at the International Centre. Due to social distancing directives, until further notice, ISA appointments will take place by email or a pre-scheduled Zoom meeting. Make an appointment by emailing international@umanitoba.ca with your name and student number. Visit the COVID-19 webpage for the latest UM information and updates.

This page includes information specifically for international students, but there are many additional supports available to you as a UM student. Check out our student supports page for more information.

Connect with an international student advisor

Our international student advisors (ISAs) recognize the unique experience of international students. We are here to help you with your adjustment to life in Canada and throughout your time at the University of Manitoba.

The ISAs at the International Centre work with you at various points during your time at UM to plan ahead or work through challenges regarding personal matters, academics, university regulations and policies and life in Winnipeg. The ISAs can also provide information on immigration regulations as they relate to your studies in Canada such as study permit extensions and changes, Temporary Resident Visas, the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program and more. Our advisors can provide you with the information and referrals you need.

Getting settled

Now that you’re here, use these resources to make the most of your time as a UM student.

Culture and connection: A series for new international students

These interactive advising sessions, hosted by International Centre advisors, help you make sense of your new life as an international student in Winnipeg.

Accommodations and housing

One of the things you need to think about when you are coming to the University of Manitoba is where you are going to live and how you will organize it. Many first-year undergraduate students live in residence, and most upper-year and graduate students live off-campus in rental properties or with family. 

It’s always important to think about being a good neighbour, whether you’re living in residence, a homestay placement, an apartment or a house. This means keeping the noise you and your guests make to a reasonable level, keeping shared spaces tidy and clean and keeping open lines of communication with people with whom you’re sharing space.

Residence

A note about living in Residence at the University of Manitoba for 2020-21 academic year: Student Residences will be open and operational for the 2020-21 academic year. Although some residence buildings and/or room types will not be available for the Fall Term, usual residence operations and services, including residence dining, will be offered as broadly as possible throughout the academic year.  We expect student room selection time slots to start as soon end of June. Please check your e-mail regularly for updates. For full information, visit the COVID-19 support for students in residence. 

A spot in residence is not guaranteed and is not automatically included in your tuition. If you are considering residence as a place to live, visit our housing page for a listing of all available buildings on campus. We recommend you apply as early as possible. You do not need to have received your letter of admission in order to apply.  If you are not accepted to the university or have to defer your admission, your deposit is refundable, as long as you follow the instructions on how to receive your refund.

What to bring if you’re living on campus

Ensure you’ll have everything you need to set up your new residence in Winnipeg. Refer to "Packing for residence life" in our Moving in information.

Off-campus housing

While you will need to conduct your own search to find off-campus housing, our rental search resource can be helpful. Once you’ve been accepted to UM, it will be important for you to become familiar with your options for off-campus housing, such as apartment, condo, shared apartment, etc., as well maps of different neighbourhoods and distances to campus.

Students at the Bannatyne campus can consider the Medical Centre Apartments, which are limited to Health Sciences Centre or University of Manitoba students. However, as with University of Manitoba residence, a spot in the Medical Centre Apartments is not guaranteed. 

Another option to consider is living with a local family through the English Language Centre’s Homestay program.

As a renter in Winnipeg, you should also familiarize yourself with your rights and responsibilities as a tenant. A lot of this comes down to mutual respect—this applies to your landlord-tenant relationship, as well as your relationship with your roommates and neighbours. 

It is possible to begin your search for off-campus housing from your home country, but you will likely find it easier to conduct your search when you are in Winnipeg. Rental listings usually do not go up more than one to two months before a move-in date. For this reason, many international students consider arriving in Winnipeg two to three weeks before orientation and welcome programming to secure off-campus housing.

Temporary housing

You might want to consider booking temporary housing in a hotel, hostel, Airbnb suite or elsewhere for when you first arrive in Winnipeg, since it can take a number of weeks to find off-campus housing. You can book these accommodations well in advance, ideally as soon as you know you will be coming to the University of Manitoba.

Renters rights and responsibilities

Insurance

It is strongly recommended to purchase tenant insurance for any rental unit. Contact any insurance provider for information and pricing; it is usually very affordable to include in your monthly budget.

Learn more about the importance of purchasing tenant insurance.

Rights and responsibilities as a renter

The Residential Tenancies Branch is a government service that can provide information on matters such as rent, repairs and deposits, and mediate disputes between tenants and landlords. They provide information on your rights and responsibilities during a tenancy, investigate problems, and hold hearings to make decisions and make legally binding orders on certain issues.

All landlords and tenants in Manitoba are governed by a law called The Residential Tenancies Act, which contains all of the laws and rules that renters and landlords must follow. The Residential Tenancies Branch enforces that law. The Residential Tenancies Branch can overrule any decision made by a landlord if the landlord isn't following the law.

This helpful guide explains what renters need to know about their rights and responsibilities.

Things to be careful when deciding on a rental property:

  • Be sure you, or someone on your behalf, sees the place you want to rent in person before you sign any papers or pay any money, to make sure it is as you expect.

  • Always try to get a lease agreement in writing. If this is not possible for some reason, verbal agreements are still legally binding. Learn more about tenancy agreements.

  • Always pay your rent in full, on time. If you don't, you could be evicted. There are special rules that a landlord has to follow to evict someone, and you can ask the Residential Tenancies Branch for help if you are in danger of being evicted. However, if you don't pay your rent, the landlord will likely be allowed to evict you.

  • Try to pay your rent in a way that creates a record, such as by e-transfer, so you can prove that you've paid your rent. If you pay with cash, always get a receipt from the landlord.

  • You are not protected by The Residential Tenancies Act if you are in a 'shared accommodation' (when a homeowner allows someone to occupy a room in their house while the owner still lives there). This means that your landlord could evict you without notice. If you are not sure if your living situation is a shared accommodation, contact the Residential Tenancies Branch.

  • Make sure your room meets fire and safety codes. Some landlords will rent rooms in locations that are not safe and do not follow the laws. If a room is illegal and is discovered by City of Winnipeg inspectors, you could be evicted with very little notice. If you are not sure if your room is legal, call the 311 service and ask them to send someone to look at the room.

Living in a rooming house

A rooming house is a building rented by several tenants at the same time, sharing facilities like the kitchen, washrooms, laundry and entrances.  In most cases, each individual tenant has a separate rental agreement with the landlord, and each tenant is responsible to pay their own rent. Each tenant has the right to have keys to entrances to the building, as well as a private room with a lock.

 Usually, each tenant is responsible to supply their own food, bedding, linens/towels, cook their own food and do their own laundry (although some landlords offer these services for a cost). If one tenant doesn't pay their rent, or causes problems, the landlord is not allowed to threaten any other tenants who were not involved with any kind of punishment or demand payment of any money.

 

Academics

UM has many academic resources to help you be a successful student. Explore these resources before you arrive to help you understand expectations, policies and services available for support.

Academic integrity

Some rules and expectations at the UM will be different from those you’re used to—even if you have experience at another institution. These expectations are reflected in the values of academic integrity: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility and courage. How you show these values means different things in different countries and cultures. As a UM student, you are expected to know these rules, apply them and ask questions if you are unsure; otherwise, you could face serious consequences.

Please visit the academic integrity website for more information, and explore their academic integrity tutorial for an introduction to important topics.

Student Advocacy and Case Management

Student Advocacy and Case Management is a unit that helps students who are dealing with personal or health challenges affecting their academic life. Student advocates can give advice and guidance about a student’s rights and responsibilities within the University and support in dealing with academic or disciplinary matters—including cases where a student may have broken a rule of academic integrity.

Students can also receive personal support and connect to resources on and off campus through the student support case management team. These services are free and confidential.

Language and academic support

Faculty advisors are available to answer questions about studies, grades and course selections, helping students achieve academic success.

The Academic Learning Centre offers many services and workshops, including tutoring, to help students. There are also specific resources available for those who are multilingual learners.

If you need to improve your English, the English Language Centre offers part-time courses to help improve your language skills, including oral English and academic writing. 

These courses are designed to support your language skills only and cannot be used for academic credit with your degree.

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides support and advocacy to students with disabilities such as hearing, injury-related, learning, mental health, medical, physical, visual or temporary disabilities. They can provide support and programs for students who may require assistance in the classroom or during exams. SAS highly encourages students to contact their office prior to applying and after accepting offers of admission. This will help prepare them with the necessary information before the beginning of school to offer a successful transition into university life.

Registering for courses

Aurora is our online registration and student information system. Follow the steps on the registration page to ensure you’re prepared and understand how to use the system before registration opens.

For undergraduate students

If you are beginning your studies in the Fall term, you will most likely be able to register for both fall and winter courses at the same time. This is recommended because courses fill up quickly.

If you are beginning your studies in January, many courses may have limited space or already be full. It’s very important to register for your winter courses as soon as possible. Do not wait until after you arrive in Winnipeg.

For Summer registration, you’ll be assigned one day to register for courses during the first week of registration (typically in March). After this first week has passed, the system will become open to all students.

When selecting your courses, it’s always a good idea to consult with one of our academic advisors. Find your faculty advisor here.

note: If you are not able to begin your studies in your expected start term, you must de-register (withdraw) from any courses you have registered for. Non-payment of fees will not cancel your registration. 

Learn more about fees

If you need to defer your admission to a future term, please contact the admissions office at international_students@umanitoba.ca

Ensure you are aware of the registration revision period and last day to drop courses for a refund. 

For graduate students 

As a graduate student, you should discuss registration directly with your department or unit to determine if you are responsible for registering for your own courses, or if your department will do this for you. For information about registration for graduate students, please review the information provided on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.
 

Career planning and job preparedness

Career Services supports students from their first year to their final year on campus. They can help you

  • plan your career direction, discover and research suitable jobs and occupations and meet industry professionals; 
  • identify your work and volunteer experience to test career ideas and increase your employability;
  • develop your resumé and cover letters, and learn to network and interview and
  • find on- and off-campus work and opportunities through career fairs, employer events and job postings. 

Money matters

A university education is an investment, and the government requires you to be able to support yourself and your dependents without needing to work in Canada, so it’s important that you have a clear understanding of your finances throughout your studies.

If you are facing unexpected financial distress, or have had a significant change in your financial situation, please contact Financial Aid and Awards or the UMSU Hardship Fund.

Awards and scholarships

In addition to your savings and financial support from family and friends, you may be eligible for awards and scholarships.

Undergraduate students

You must have a valid Canadian study permit to be considered for any scholarship or bursary.

Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic merit, while bursaries are based on financial need. 

There are two types of entrance scholarships: the International Undergraduate Student Entrance Scholarships and the International Baccalaureate Entrance Scholarships. Excluding entrance scholarships, undergraduate international students will only be considered for undergraduate scholarships and bursaries after they have completed their first 24 credit hours of study at the University of Manitoba. 

Learn more about entrance and undergraduate scholarships and bursaries for international students.

Graduate students

The Faculty of Graduate Studies will inform you if you qualify for an International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship at time of admission. After your first year of study, you may also qualify for the International Graduate Student Scholarship

The Faculty of Graduate Studies maintains a list of scholarships that international graduate students are eligible to apply for. 

Please visit the awards database for a list of all awards available to graduate students. Students with financial need may also consider applying for bursaries

U.S. citizens can find information about applying for student loans here.

Search our awards database

Banking

It’s important to set up a bank account as soon as possible so you can start depositing money, paying bills, and tracking your expenses in Canada. There are two different kinds of financial institutions in Canada: commercial banks and credit unions. There are differences in their ownership structures, the amount of interest that is paid, the fees and the extent of customer service you receive. This tool can help you make the right choice for you.

To open a bank account, you will need to make an appointment at the bank or credit union of your choice. When you go to the appointment, be sure to bring documents such as

  • your passport and study permit; 
  • your University of Manitoba student card (if you have it);
  • proof of full-time student status (a student status letter from the Registrar’s Office) and
  • any other documents the bank or credit union requests that you bring.

In general, there are two types of bank accounts: chequing accounts and savings accounts. 

  • A chequing account is useful for regular transactions such as paying bills or other expenses and for withdrawing money. 
  • A savings account will pay a higher interest rate if you are keeping money in the account for a long period without withdrawals. 

There are different kinds of chequing and savings accounts that offer different levels of interest. The financial institution should be able to explain which account will best suit your needs.

When you open a bank account, you will be issued a debit card (also referred to as an ATM card or a bank card) to use in bank machines around the city, or to pay directly for goods and services. This is a secure method of payment, which is protected through the use of a Personal Identification Number (PIN). When you pay using your debit card, the money is immediately deducted from your account. Your bank will typically charge you an additional service fee if you withdraw money from a bank machine that belongs to a different bank.

Learn more about banking services in Canada.

Credit cards can be a convenient way to make payments. The amount you spend accumulates on your account and you are responsible for paying off what you’ve spent once a month. Most online purchases are made using a credit card. In order to apply for a credit card, you will need two pieces of government-issued identification. You may want to ask if they have a no-fee student card.

It can be difficult for international students, including U.S. citizens, to get a credit card, and the initial credit limit is often very low (i.e., $250 Canadian), which can make it difficult to use the card to make larger purchases such as an airline ticket. However, if you develop a good credit score (by making your payments on time and in full, not opening multiple credit cards and avoiding credit-seeking behaviours), you can have this limit increased.

If you are facing unexpected financial distress, or have had a significant change in your financial situation, please contact Financial Aid and Awards or the UMSU Hardship Fund.

Budgeting

It’s important to develop a realistic budget to help you manage your finances and make the most of your experience. Tuition and school fees vary according to the program of study and course load. For an estimate of the tuition and school fees for your program, please refer to fee information hub. Similarly, additional costs will vary depending on how you choose to live. To help you make your own budget, visit the Government of Canada Student Budget Worksheet.

Explore estimated international student costs for undergraduate programs

Living expenses

The following is an estimate of costs, in Canadian dollars, for a single student living in Winnipeg at a very modest level for one calendar year (12 months). Actual living expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and could be higher than what is estimated below.

For newly admitted students:

Books and supplies $1,000 – $5,000 *
Accommodation and utilities $6,800 – $16,000
Food $3,040
UMSU Health and Dental Insurance $350
Manitoba International Student Health Plan (MISHP) $996
Clothing $600
Winter clothing (applies to new students only) $600 – $1,000
Resettlement costs (applies to new students only) $1,500
Cell phone $720
Transportation (bus pass for 12 months) $970
Entertainment $750

For returning students:

Books and supplies $1,000 – $5,000*
Accommodation and utilities $6,500 – $16,000
Food $3,040
UMSU Health and Dental Insurance $350
Manitoba International Student Health Plan (MISHP) $996
Clothing $600
Cell phone $720
Transportation (bus pass: May to August) $330
Entertainment $750
Ongoing costs $750

* Books and supplies fees are subject to change and often increase two to three percent per year.

An additional $4,000 should be added for a spouse and an additional $3,000 for each dependent to cover 12 months of living expenses. Please note, the above spouse and dependent estimates do not include costs for health insurance.

If you have been admitted to UM and require a written estimate of tuition and living expenses, please contact the International Centre at international@umanitoba.ca.

Exchange students

Students coming to UM through the International Centre Student Exchange Program pay tuition to their home universities and not to the University of Manitoba. However, all exchange students will be required to pay Students' Union fees and field trip fees, if applicable. Health insurance fees will vary according to the length of study and the health insurance options chosen.

Paying your fees

How and when to pay your tuition and other fees is going to be one of your first concerns. Familiarize yourself with the tuition fee payment schedule, and instructions on how to pay your tuition fees from outside and inside of Canada

You should check your fee assessments in Aurora Student each term to ensure you can pay your fees by the deadline, as you will not receive a fee assessment or invoice in the mail. 

Not paying your fees by the deadline will result in additional fees charged to your account. Your account will also be put on hold, which is serious and means you will not have access to many essential UM services, including the libraries, computer labs, and official documentation orders from the Registrar’s Office (e.g., a transcript, enrolment verification, etc.). Having a hold on your account will also affect your ability to register for courses, and may result with you being de-registered from future term courses.

Learn more about fee payment deadlines and penalties

Some international students will require a tuition fee and living expense estimate letter as part of applying for their study permit. If you need a fee estimate letter, email international@umanitoba.ca to request one. Please note it can take up to 10 working days for an estimate letter to be issued.

The University of Manitoba only requires that you pay your full tuition by the fee-payment deadline. However, if you would like to pre-pay some of your tuition, or if you are required to, please follow these instructions.

Some programs may require a non-refundable tuition deposit when you apply.

Working in Canada

You may consider working in Canada to help earn some extra spending money and gain skills to enhance your employability. However, it is important to recognize that the amount you can earn while working cannot fully fund your expenses.

If you do intend to work during your studies, it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with very strict requirements that federal government expects international students to meet at all times in order to work on or off campus in Canada during their studies.

Students who wish to stay and work in Canada after their studies are encouraged to work and volunteer to build skills, gain industry connections and references, and enhance their employability. Career Services has a number of resources, such as careerCONNECT, to support you in finding on-campus work, off-campus work and volunteer positions.

You will need to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) card  in order to work in Canada. To apply for a SIN card, your study permit must have the conditions to work printed on it.

Living and learning in Winnipeg

We know that your first weeks on campus and in Winnipeg can be overwhelming. There’s so much to be done when you arrive! Use these resources to help you get around and get settled.

Transportation

There are many ways to get around once you arrive in Winnipeg: public transit, ride-hailing services, taxis, biking, walking and driving are a few popular options.

Landing at the airport

The University of Manitoba does not provide pick-up services from the airport. Taxi service from the airport is provided by Unicity Taxi, which is available near Exit 3 at the terminal building. For more information about transportation at the Airport, visit the airport website.

Winnipeg Transit

Winnipeg Transit is the bus system in Winnipeg. For instruction videos on how to ride a bus in Winnipeg, visit Transit Travel Tips.

Taxis and other ride-hailing services

There are a number of taxi companies in Winnipeg that need to be requested in advance, either by phone or through an app. You can request an estimate before you use a taxi, but the cost of the ride is determined by a meter that runs in the vehicle throughout your drive. 

TappCar is a ride-hailing company that lets you book a vehicle to pick you up. Their app allows you to get an estimate cost of your trip, request in advance and pay through the app so there is no payment required to your driver.

The above information is provided for information purposes only, and does not imply endorsement or support to any of the linked information, services or providers.

Driving in Manitoba

There are many factors to consider if you plan to drive in Manitoba, such as ensuring the correct authorization, testing, getting insurance and ensuring you can drive for Manitoba’s winter driving conditions. If you are considering driving in Winnipeg, please meet with one of our international student advisors. 

Check out our Visit page has for more information on public transportation, biking, parking, carpooling and getting around campus.

Food

Eating on campus

Whether you’re living in residence or off campus, there are many dining options on our campuses. Check out dining services to learn about our restaurants and meal plans.

Off-campus restaurants

Winnipeg is home to a range of diverse restaurants. Zomato is a helpful resource for finding restaurants by location or type of cuisine.

Buying groceries in Winnipeg

There are many places to purchase groceries (food items) convenient to where you live. Popular grocery stores in Winnipeg include Sobeys, Co-op, Safeway, Superstore and Walmart. Superstore on Bison Drive has a range of foods from all over the world.

Small convenience stores and gas stations, such as 7-Eleven, can be very expensive places to purchase groceries compared to larger grocery stores.

To find grocery stores near the University of Manitoba, explore google maps.

If you cannot find what you’re looking for at a major grocery store, you can visit a specialty food store.

Name of Store Contact information Comments
African Foods General Wholesale 245 Notre Dame Ave
204-414-9226
Specialize in foods from a variety of African countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Congo, etc.
Akin’s International Foods 550 Sargent Ave.
204-779-8666
African, Caribbean foods. Specialize in pounded yam, Ogi/Koko/Akamu, stockfish, Moin-Moin, cassava leaves etc.
Arirang Oriental Food Mart 1799 Portage Ave.
204-831-1212
Specialize in Japanese and Korean foods
Balkan Foods 185 Stadacona  St
204-663-1445
Specialize in foods from Poland, Greece, Bosnia, and Italy
Baltona Meat and Deli 600 Selkirk Ave.
204-586-8621
Specialize in Polish foods, meats, cosmetics, sweets, and herbs
Bueno Bros Supermarket 84 Isabel St.
204-786-2800
Specialize in Philippine foods and other Asian foods: seafood, meats, vegetables, rice, sauces, spices, noodles, etc.
Didar Grocery Mart 110 Adamar Rd. 
204-275-6060
East Indian and Canadian foods
Dino’s Grocery Mart 460 Notre Dame Ave. 
204-942-1526
Import foods from around the world, especially from India, Pakistan, other Asian countries, and the West Indies
Dong Thai Ltd. 459 Notre Dame Ave. 
204-943-9868
Specialize in Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Laotian, Latin American, Thai, and Vietnamese imported foods
El Izalco Market 696 Sargent  Ave. 
204-779-7092
Specialize in Central American food
A l’Epi de Blé 1757 Main St. 
204-334-2526
French Bakery
Greek Market 1440 Corydon Ave. 
204-488-6161
Greek foods: olives, olive oil, pitas, desserts
Halal Meats and Specialty Foods 206 Maryland St. 
204-774-8095
Specialize in foods from Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Morocco, Somalia, and Pakistan
India Spice House and Video 66 Mandalay Dr.  
204-261-4600
Specialize in East Indian food and spices
La Grotta Del Formaggio 550 Sargent Ave. 
204-775-0691
Italian and Greek foods
La Grotta Mediterranean Market 1360 Taylor Ave. 
204-982-9461
Specialized in Mediterranean foods
Lucky's Supermarket 1051 Winnipeg Ave. 
204-272-8011
Specialize in food from all over Asia such as Vietnam, China, Philippines, Japan, Korea, Thailand
Lvov Euro Food Corner 5B-140 Meadowood Dr. 
204-783-8777
Offer a variety of food and delicatessen from Europe. Specialize in products from Russian and Ukraine
Meghna Grocery 1741 Pembina Hwy. 
204-261-4222
Halal meats, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Arabian, Indian, and Sri Lankan  groceries
Mercadito Latino 570 Sargent Ave. 
204-415-2870
Specialize in Latin American foods
Oriental Market 268 King St. 
204-943-4103
Chinese foods, meat, vegetables, seafood
Portuguese Fish and Food Market 460 William Ave. 
204-943-8793
Specialize in Portuguese foods, some Brazilian and Chilean foods
Russian Deli Market 643 Portage Ave. 
204-774-1041
Specialize in products from Russia and Ukraine
Sangam Grocery Mart 1-933 McLeod Ave. 
204-668-6248
Specialize in food from India
Sun Wah Supermarket 303 King St. 
204-944-9162
Specialize in frozen seafood, live lobster and crab, and Asian groceries
The Real Canadian Superstore 1578 Regent Ave.
204-654-5500
1035 Gateway Rd.
204-987-7329 
215 St Anne’s Rd. 
204-258-2401
2132 McPhillips St.
204-631- 6250
3193 Portage Ave.
204-831-3500
550 Kenaston Blvd.
204-488-5800
80 Bison Dr.
204-275-4100
1385 Sargent Ave.
204-784-7901
Wide assortment of specialty foods
Tindahan Food Mart 906 Sargent Ave. 
204-783-3946
Specialize in Philippine foods and some Portuguese foods
Wah Hing Grocery 106 - 180 King St. 
204-943-6878
Chinese foods, some meats and vegetables, spices, noodles, rice, cooking tools
Young’s Market 1000 McPhillips St. 
204-957-1088
Specialize in food from Philippines, China, and Thailand; some food from Japan and Korea
Young’s Trading 397 William Ave. 
204-957-0230
Specialize in food from Philippines, China, and Thailand; some food from Japan and Korea

 

Grocery Stores with Pick-up or Delivery

The following is a list of grocery stores that have pick-up or delivery options in Winnipeg for those who want to minimize their exposure.  Pick-up or delivery can be excellent options if you are self-isolating.

Many delivery and pick-up options are limited due to increase in customers using these online methods. As a result, many items may be sold out due to an increase in demand. * Please note that this list may not include all options available for your area.

Name Pharmacy
(in store)
Delivery Pick-up
Save-on-Foods   Yes Yes
Walmart Yes Yes * Yes
Superstore Yes Yes * Yes
Dakota Family Foods
(Place orders by phone)
  Yes  
Costco
(Non-perishable food &
household supplies by delivery)
Yes Yes  
Cantor’s Meats   Yes  
Downtown Family Foods   Yes  

Grocery Delivery Companies:

* Instacart
Provides delivery from: Walmart, Real Canadian Superstore, Bulk Barn, M&M Food Market, Shoppers Drug Mart and Staples.

Shopping

There are several affordable stores that sell household items (such as towels, linens, cookware, furniture, clothing, etc.) in Winnipeg. Popular stores and shopping centres include Ikea, Walmart, Giant Tiger, JYSK, Marshalls, Winners, Superstore, Dollarama, St. Vital Centre and Polo Park Shopping Centre.

Shopping on campus

You can get many of your basic needs without leaving campus! 

In addition to prescription and non-prescription medications, the University Centre Pharmacy sells many toiletries and other dorm essentials. It also contains a postal outlet, which makes sending and receiving packages easy.

The UM Bookstores sell all the textbooks you’ll need for classes, as well as computers and accessories, UM clothing, office supplies and much more. 

The U of M Re-Shop offers used office equipment and furniture to students free of charge. Search their current inventory.

Thrift stores

It may take a little extra time to find exactly what you’re looking for, but buying used goods at a thrift store (also known as a secondhand store) can be very affordable. Popular options include Value Village, Goodwill and Salvation Army thrift stores.

Yard sales and garage sales

On most weekends in spring to early fall, you’ll see signs on the roads in residential neighbourhoods advertising yard sales and garage sales. These sales are a great way to find used household items and clothing in good condition at affordable prices. Bedbugs can be a problem, so avoid buying used items with cloth material such as mattresses or pillows. If you purchase clothing, be sure to wash in hot water right away and dry in high heat.

Preparing for winter

Despite the renowned cold, Winnipeg has the sunniest winter season in Canada with 358 hours of sunshine! The average low temperature in the winter is −20.2°C.  It’s important to dress properly so you can be safe and enjoy the winter weather.

Wind chill

The wind chill index is what makes cold temperatures feel even colder, combining the temperature with the wind speed. You might hear reports that it “feels like…” a lower temperature with the wind chill. Be sure to cover any skin that will be exposed to the wind on cold days.

Frostbite

When skin is exposed to cold temperatures, it can be damaged by what is known as frostbite—this is similar to a burn caused by heat. It is important to seek immediate shelter and go inside if you experience pain, numbness, tingling, swelling or colour change in your fingers, toes or exposed skin. Frostbite can happen in as little as 10 minutes, so keep these tips in mind:

  • Dress in warm layers. For example, wear a long-sleeve sweater under a coat, a thin layer of pants underneath your jeans or ski-pants on top of your pants. 
  • Wear a warm coat with down (feather) or synthetic filling that retains heat. Your jacket should be wind- and water-resistant. 
  • Cover up bare skin, especially on your fingers, toes, neck and face. Use a hat (toque), scarf or neck-warmer and, glove or mitts. 
  • Stay dry. If you over dress, you might start sweating, which can make you feel colder. 
  • Seek shelter from the wind when standing at the bus stop or going outside for breaks. 
  • Wear insulated, waterproof boots.

For more information about winter safety, visit the Government of Canada website

Where to Buy Winter Clothes

Looking for warm winter clothes? The list below is just a small sample of where you can find winter clothes in Winnipeg.

The following list and links are provided for informational purposes only. The University of Manitoba does not endorse, promote or have any affiliation with any of the vendors listed.

Price Range (where $ = not expensive and $$$ = expensive)

Stores near the UM Fort Garry campus that sell winter clothing

Store Name Address Contact Price Range
The Bay St. Vital Mall
1225 St. Mary’s Road
www.thebay.com 
204-255-1227
$$$
Old Navy St. Vital Mall parking lot 1225 St. Mary’s Road www.oldnavy.ca 
204-253-9666
$$
Value Village 
(second hand store)
1729 Pembina Highway www.valuevillage.com 
204-261-8719
$
Giant Tiger 2195 Pembina Highway www.gianttiger.com
204-269-7285
$
Mark’s Work 
Warehouse
785 Dakota Street www.marks.com 
204-256-5092
$$
Real Canadian Superstore 80 Bison Drive www.superstore.ca 
204-275-4100
$$
Winners 2127 Pembina Highway www.winners.ca 
204-261-1804
$$

Other winter clothing stores in Winnipeg to consider

Store Name Address Contact Price Range
Cabela’s 580 Sterling Lyon Parkway www.cabelas.ca 
204-786-8966
$$$
Champs Sports Polo Park Shopping Centre 1485 Portage Avenue www.champssports.com
204-774-8149
$$
Marshall’s 600 Empress Street
(next to Polo Park Shopping Centre) 
1731 Kenaston Boulevard
www.marshallscanada.ca
204-775-7073
204-488-7545
$$
Mountain Equipment Co-op

303 Portage Avenue
(close to Bannatyne Campus)

www.mec.ca 
204-943-4202
$$$
The Bay Downtown 450 Portage Avenue
(close to Bannatyne campus)
www.thebay.com 
204-783-2112
$$$
(this location has good sales)

Note: The Kenaston outlet mall and Kenaston commons have a variety of stores that sell winter clothing, men’s and women’s clothing, footwear and home décor items at discounted prices. 

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