For the latest COVID-19 travel updates, visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's website

Prepare to travel

Now that your immigration documents have been approved, you'll need to prepare for your travel to Concordia University!

Plan when to travel

Once you receive your Letter of Introduction (upon approval of your Study Permit application), you are ready to plan your trip to Montreal. It’s ideal to arrive a few weeks before your classes begin:

  • By August 15 for the Fall Term
  • By December 15 for the Winter Term
  • By April 15 for the Summer Term

Early arrival is strongly advised so that you have sufficient time to register for your courses, open a bank account, find a place to live, etc. without undue stress. Arriving later could also limit your choice of available courses, should in-person registration be required for your program, and housing options.

Remember: Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is Montreal’s principal airport, commonly known as Montreal-Trudeau Airport with the airport code YUL. It is located in the suburb of Dorval, 19 kilometres from Concordia’s Sir George Williams Campus in downtown Montreal.

Please keep in mind that Concordia University and the ISO close for certain holidays, which might affect access to services and course registration. Consult the official University Holidays & Closures for upcoming closures and plan your trip accordingly.

You should also make sure to have booked some temporary accommodations for your first few nights in Montreal. More information about Housing is available on our Housing link below.

Once you have booked your flight(s), register with Accueil Plus. With information collected through the registration system, international students can get their study permit completed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) prior to their arrival, and benefit from streamlined procedures with the help of Accueil Plus.

What should you bring with you?

Additional COVID-related documents

Depending on your situation, additional documents and information may be required in order for you to enter Canada. 

Consult the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 travel checklist for complete details.

Once you land in Canada

How to get to downtown Montreal from the airport?

Montreal 747 Express bus

The 747 bus runs 24 hours a day between Montreal Trudeau Airport and the Berri-UQAM metro station near downtown Montreal. One-way cash fare is $10 payable in Canadian coins only – no bills. If you don't have any Canadian coins to pay the fare on the bus directly, you can buy a fare card at the airport (International Arrival level).

Visit the STM information counter at the airport to find out:

  • When and where the next bus is leaving
  • How to purchase a ticket in advance
  • Which stop is closest to your destination
  • Whether additional buses or subway rides will be necessary

Information is also available here.

Take a taxi 

Taxi fares to downtown will be about $41. Drivers prefer cash although most will take a credit card. Other taxi services, such a Uber, may have diffrent rates.

Confirm your arrival in Canada

Call or register in person with your country’s consular representative in Canada. See a list of embassies and consulates in Canada:

  • Select a country (your country of citizenship)  
  • Select a city: Ottawa.


Now that you have arrived, check out our New Student Checklist and find out about important things to do such as:

  • Uploading your immigration documents
  • Registering for your courses
  • Opening a bank account
  • Etc.
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