Arriving in Edmonton

Welcome to NAIT!

NAIT is located in Edmonton, the capital city of the province of Alberta in Canada, one of the healthiest countries in the world. People in Alberta earn the highest wages in the country; enjoy the most days of sun per year and only pay 5% tax on consumer goods (saving money on things like books and groceries)! NAIT gives you a hands-on education and prepares you for a rewarding career.

We’ve put together a guide to help provide you with some important information you should know before coming to Canada, and arriving in Edmonton.

Did You Know

Alberta residents, including international students, receive free healthcare!

Living in Edmonton

There are plenty of fun and affordable things to see and do in Edmonton and Alberta.

Housing

There are tons of great housing options available in Edmonton. Explore the housing options available to NAIT students.

Costs

Find out how much it costs to live in Edmonton for a year.

 

Airport Welcome

When you arrive at the Edmonton International Airport, visit the Edmonton Post-Secondary School Airport Welcome Booth located on the arrivals level. There will be volunteers there to greet you and provide you with some immediate need-to-know information, such as how to access airport transportation, how to go to campus, where to find food, and more.

Dates:  August 12 to 30, 2024 

Open hours:  11 a.m. – 9 p.m. MDT  

Booth Location:  Arrivals level, near Door 9 and across from baggage carousel 6 

View the Edmonton International Airport map 

Taxi Coupon for New International Students

New international students coming to Edmonton can get a CAD$25 transportation discount coupon from NAIT. This coupon is for a one-way ride from the Edmonton International Airport to your destination in Edmonton. Taxi fares typically range from CAD$50 to CAD$85 depending on the distance of your destination from the airport. 

Please note that this discount applies only to:

  • New international students at NAIT in Fall 2024

and

  • Taxi fare for transportation from the airport to your destination between August 12 to 30, 2024.

You must provide your full name, NAIT student ID number, and flight arrival details on this registration form at least four days before your departure flight.

Register for your Transportation discount coupon

 

To receive your taxi coupon after you register:

  • For those who have registered for a taxi coupon, visit the Welcome Booth on the arrivals level near Door 9 across from baggage carousel 6 at the Edmonton International Airport. Our volunteers will check your name and provide you with a coupon at the booth.
  • If you arrive outside of the Welcome Booth hours (11 a.m. to 9 p.m. MDT) between August 12 to 30 of 2024, you will receive your coupon via email. The coupon is specific to you with your name and information on it. YOU MUST HAVE A PRINT COPY WITH YOU. More details about how to redeem your coupon will be included in the email.

To use your taxi coupon:

  • Present the coupon to your taxi driver, and a $25 discount will be applied to your taxi fare.

The taxi coupon is NOT available outside of the program dates (August 12 to 30 of 2024). If you are arriving outside the program dates, please refer to the airport Parking & Transportation page for ground transportation options.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my flight is delayed?

If you will still arrive during the Welcome Booth hours (11 a.m. to 9 p.m. MDT) between August 12 to 30 of 2024, our volunteers will assist you at the Welcome Booth upon your arrival. 

If you won’t be able to arrive during Welcome Booth hours due to flight delays, we regret that we cannot provide you with the coupon as the booth will be closed. Upon learning of any delays, please send us an email at your earliest convenience. While we will do our best to assist, please be aware that rearranging your coupon pickup is subject to time differences, office hours, and staff availability. 

 

 

What if I arrive outside of the welcome booth hours?

If you arrive outside of the Welcome Booth hours (11 a.m. to 9 p.m. MDT) between August 12 to 30 of 2024, you will receive your coupon via email. The coupon is specific to you with your name and information on it. YOU MUST HAVE A PRINT COPY WITH YOU. More details about how to redeem your coupon will be included in the email.  

​Can I share the taxi coupon with a friend?  

Only if you are sharing the same taxi ride leaving from the airport.  

​Can the coupon be applied to any taxi company and/or Uber? 

The coupon can not be applied to Uber rides.  

If you arrive during the Welcome Booth hours (11 a.m. to 9 p.m. MDT, August 12 to 30 of 2024), our volunteers at the Welcome Booth will be able to guide you to find the right taxi.   

If you arrive outside of the Welcome Booth hours, you will receive a coupon via email and details about how to redeem your coupon will be included in the email, including the name of the taxi company. You must have a print copy of the coupon with you. 

​What are the different options for ground transportation at the Edmonton International Airport?  

Please refer to the airport Parking & Transportation page for ground transportation options at the Edmonton International Airport. 

​If I no longer need the taxi coupon that I have registered for, do I need to inform anyone? 

No, you don’t need to do that.  

 

 

Healthcare

Your health is important to your success as a student. Fortunately, as an international student, you have many great options for health and dental care in Alberta. It's important to note that your healthcare coverage will depend on the program you are enrolled in. All students who are enrolled in a credit program (degree, diploma or certificate) will automatically receive extended insurance coverage, which is included in your NAIT fees.

Find out more 

Healthcare

Pre-arrival tips and resources

We offer several tips and resources to help you prepare for life in Canada, including: information about crossing the border, housing, healthcare and more.

Find out more 

Pre-arrival Webinars
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