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What I know now 

It’s hard enough getting a foothold in a new city without juggling moving, finding a job and starting classes. To help you get a step ahead, we collected advice some non-Hali natives wish someone had shared when they first stumbled into town.

click to enlarge The Seaport Farmer's Market
  • The Seaport Farmer's Market

"Live in the north end. It's cheaper and the people are nicer." —Andrew Hicks, Saint John, NB

"The walk on the boardwalk to the Seaport Farmers' Market is worth it every single time, and Bearly's has some of the best music in the city, consistently." —Alex Vance, Moncton, NB

"I wish someone would have told me not to rely on the transit system to get me to class on time." —Colin McPhail, Fredericton, NB

"Go to Burrito Jax. Best cheap food in the city and not just for 4am, either." —Bailey Austin-MacMillan, Toronto, ON

"Use Google maps to plot the best bus route. It's much easier than using the riders' guide." —Colleen Fraser, Beaver Bank, NS

"I really like window shopping on Agricola Street while I make my way up the Hydrostone. Great antique and furniture shops." —Meriah Rankin, St. John's, NL

"I wish I knew how good the food is at the Good Food Emporium." —Sam Krawec, Niagara Falls, ON

"Tom's Little Havana is the only watering hole you need to know about." —Samantha Alexander, Toronto, ON

"The best friends you'll make will be the ones you make on your own in the streets. Throw caution to the wind and introduce yourself to anyone and everyone. Anyone really worth meeting will give you a shot." —Nathan Boone, Glace Bay, NS

"Screw Tim Hortons, Java Blend all the way!" —Natalie Tait, Moncton, NB

"The Gorsebrook [Saint Mary's University pub] for open mic on Wednesdays, The Argyle patio on Thursdays, wear condoms and don't date athletes." —Joe Doherty, Ottawa, ON

"Take a surf lesson from the East Coast Surf School at Lawrencetown Beach, and then go enjoy a drink at Obladee wine bar." —Selby Evans, Moncton, NB

"I wish someone had told me about Salvatore's Pizzaiolo Trattoria's amazing pizza and almond cheesecake. And watch the sunset at the Dingle [tower in Sir Sandford Fleming Park], but beware you may get locked in." —Kaylah Holman, Minneapolis, MN

"There's life off the peninsula, you're not 'too good' for the bus, volunteer and sunrises are the best after all-nighters." —Adam Cox, Glace Bay, NS

"Take advantage of fun, and free, stuff to do, like free rollerblade and skate rentals at The Oval on the Common." —Jocelyne Melanson, Moncton, NB

Don't miss out on all this province has to offer. Rent a car, or kayak and explore the coast, go to Cape Split, Prospect, Cow Bay and the [Annapolis] Valley." —George Sikic, Mississauga, ON

"The north end is safer than you think." —Jordan Blackburn, Edmonton, AB

"Always be wearing a helmet because the po' be watching." —David De Vries, London, ON

"The food box [CSA] programs are cheap, local and tasty alternatives for filling your belly with great food, and it supports local farms." —Justin Walsh, Moncton, NB

"Carbon Arc is a small independent film series at the Museum of Natural History [that's at 1747 Summer Street], and they do their best to bring small and local films into the city that wouldn't otherwise be here. It's cheap [usually $7], and they have cheap snacks." —Scott Boudreau, Sydney, NS


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