September 7, 2018
Are you new to Ottawa? Are you studying away from home? Here are some helpful links to make the most of your time in your new city.
- It’s still construction season. If you need to get around by car or bike, check out our Travel and Mobility information first.
- Get ready for Rail! Find out more about the O-Train Confederation Line.
- Find out more about taking the bus and O-Train with OC Transpo and its Travel Planner.
- Find out more about OC Transpo’s PRESTO card and U-Pass.
- Learn how you can get around Ottawa on bike. Download the cycling map and learn about cycling in Ottawa.
- You can even take your bike and the bus.
- Don’t forget to share the road.
- If you're driving, make sure you understand the City's parking rules and regulations.
- The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has more information on how to apply for a driver’s licence, register your vehicle and obtain Ontario licence plates. You must have car insurance to drive in Ontario.
- Find out more about the City’s accessibility features.
- Party Safe. Drug and alcohol overdoses are preventable. If you are partying, follow these tips to keep yourself and your friends safe and healthy
- Order FREE condoms delivered to your door.
- Learn more about mental health, healthy living, and more.
- We want you to have a good time, but remember, we do have noise and other by-laws.
- Do you have a pet? Don’t forget to have it registered.
- New city? New apartment? Be fire safe and always have two ways out.
- Moving out for the first time? Watch what you heat - cooking fires are the number 1 cause of fires in Ontario.
- Whether you live in a home, an apartment or in residence on campus, make sure your dwelling has a working smoke alarm!
- Stay safe with the right stuff. Pack an emergency kit with a radio, water, flashlight, batteries, snacks and important contact numbers.
- Enjoy your first year safely – make preparing for emergencies part of your first year checklist.
Drink lots of water
- Ottawa’s drinking water is rated as one the best and safest in the world.
- Out and about and need some water? Find a water fountain near you!
- Download the Ottawa Collection Calendar mobile app for Apple and Android devices to confirm your collection day.
- Living off campus? Find out more about recycling in homes and apartments and learn about our green bin program.
- Not sure which bin your waste goes in? Check our Waste Explorer.
Stay active and cultured
- Sign up for a fitness or general interest class.
- Find a City park, arena, or pool near you. Book some last minute ice time.
- Check out some of our many galleries, City theatres, City museums and Archives.
- Find out more about Ottawa’s culture and arts scene and facilities.
Get help if you need it
- Having difficulties and not sure who to call or where to get help? Dial 2-1-1 or visit 211 web to access reliable information on government, community-based and health and social services such as housing and income support.
- There is always someone to listen when you need help. Call the Ottawa Mental Health Crisis Line at 613-722-6914, 1-866-996-0991, and if outside Ottawa, the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region (EN) at 613-238-3311
- Find youth-related information online at thelinkottawa.ca and ottawa.ca/youth.
- Visit Employment Ontario or Youth and Student Employment Services for employment opportunities.
- Get involved in your new community by volunteering.
- Want to make a difference in Ottawa? Consider joining the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee (OYEC), which helps encourage youth engagement and to amplify youth voice and representation at the City of Ottawa.
- New to Canada? If you are studying in Canada as an International Student, find information about studying, living and working from the Government of Canada.
- Low on funds to pay for basics, such as food and rent? In search of child care or other supports? You may be eligible for benefits. Call 3-1-1, select 1 for English and 4 for Social Services.