Life in Vancouver

Beautiful Vancouver

Vancouver was elected one of the most liveable city in the world. This city is bustling with culture and has more things to do than any other major city in Canada. Restaurants, beaches and other vacation activities are common place here and should be enjoyed to their fullest.

Vancouver is a seaport city on the very Western coast of Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. Consistently rated as one of the top cities in the world to live in, Vancouver offers lots of economic opportunities and a luscious natural environment with plans to become the greenest city in the world. All its natural beauty and high life quality rankings attract people worldwide, making Vancouver one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada. The cultural atmosphere in Vancouver is one of multiculturalism and friendly hospitality. From beaches and hiking trails to shopping malls and city life, there are endless possibilities and activities here in Vancouver.

Student resources

Vancouver Public Library

Vancouver Public Library is dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading and information needs of Vancouver residents, offering collections and spaces for everyone to explore, create and share knowledge and ideas.


Grammarly is an app that uses AI for grammar and spelling checks, which will also suggest changes regarding style and tone. It is a great typing assistant, especially for non-native speakers. They have a premium plan, but the free plan is already incredibly helpful.

Time management

Life during college can be hectic. The majority of international students decide to work while they’re studying to help with their finances. Keeping track of all your responsibilities both at work and school can be tricky. We recommend using a time management tool to keep your days organised and don’t forget any commitments. There are many great options out there; the best one will be a matter of personal preference. Some of the most popular is Google calendar, Evernote, Trello.


Apps can help you organize your life so well, and as a student, staying organized is the key to success. You can take a look at this list of apps useful for students to help you get prepared for your time at CIRA.



Indeed is the #1 job site in Canada. Search millions of jobs from thousands of job boards, newspapers, classifieds and company websites. On Indeed, you can create your resume there and set it up to get notifications of jobs in your area.


LinkedIn is a great place to upload your resume and connect to people and companies that interest you. Write your profile on LinkedIn in English to maximize your chances of finding a job in Vancouver and try to interact with people there. And since you are there, follow us to get news and content from CIRA College.


If you are applying for our Media Design & Web Development program, you will create your portfolio during classes. Still, you can create your account on platforms such as Behance and Dribble to get inspiration on how other professionals create their portfolios, and if you already have some work done, why not take the time and start uploading some of them.



Vancouver is known for its cultural diversity, which is reflected in the food. You can find delicious food from all over the world. If you want to try some of the amazing places to eat in Vancouver but don’t know where to start, we have a list of great restaurants in Vancouver and a list of fabulous places to eat near CIRA College.


Vancouver and the Lower Mainland have a lot to offer in the way of sights, activities and events, so it can be quite a challenge trying to decide what to do with your time here. We’ve put together a list of favourite spots in the region based on both popularity and personal experience to help get you started on having a great time.


Canada International Royal Arts (CIRA) College is a Graphic Design School located in the heart of Vancouver. It is designated by the Ministry of Advanced Education. CIRA aims to provide high-quality programs and services that will contribute to the student’s academic and career-driven success.


We provide quality education at an affordable price for domestic and international students.

Real-world experience

The classes tackle real-world applications and challenges to prepare students for the job market.

Small classes

Our classes have between 8 to 15 students, ensuring a personalized experience and total attention from instructors.

Convenient location

CIRA College is conveniently located near Skytrain and buses stations.