Edmonton skyline

Living in Edmonton

Edmonton, Alberta, is a thriving urban centre and the fifth largest metropolitan area in Canada with a population of over a million. The parks, cultural attractions, sporting and recreational events, restaurants, nightlife, and most of all, the people, make Edmonton a friendly and exciting place to live.


The North Saskatchewan River valley borders the U of A’s 89-hectare campus, providing students with immediate access to North America’s longest system of urban parks and trails. Edmonton’s climate is characterized by dry winter air and moderate summer temperatures. When classes begin in the fall, days are generally warm. Winter days can be cold, but the dry air makes these cold temperatures less chilling than a comparable temperature with damp air. Spring weather can be quite variable - some days warm and wet, others windy and cool. Summer days are often warm, but the influence of the nearby Rocky Mountains ensures that the air always cools off at night. Alberta receives more hours of sunshine than any other province in Canada. Summer days are long, with up to 18 hours of daylight.

Sports & Recreation

If you are a sports enthusiast, you will enjoy the many professional sports teams that call Edmonton home: the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos, the National Lacrosse League’s Edmonton Rush and the Golden Baseball League’s Edmonton Capitals.

When you need a break from watching all the professional sports teams, the city has plenty of great recreation and sports facilities for the amateur athlete. The river valley is a great place for you to enjoy cycling, jogging, rollerblading, walking, or cross-country and downhill skiing. In and around the city there are also dozens of public golf courses, community ice rinks, soccer fields, and swimming pools - all of them available to you as an Edmonton resident.

Arts & Entertainment

Living in Edmonton includes all the perks that come with living in a large urban centre. If you enjoy music, there are dozens of lounges and clubs close to campus, and Edmonton is a favourite stop for many world-class entertainers. If your taste runs to the classical, you also have a great deal to choose from. On any weekend there is sure to be a performance of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Opera, or any one of a dozen professional theatre companies.

Festivals & Events

Known as Festival City, Edmonton is home to many annual festivals and large-scale events, including the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, Capital Ex, Heritage Festival, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, the Honda Edmonton Indy and Winterfest.

Shopping & Eating

Shopping in Edmonton is also great. You can check out West Edmonton Mall (one of the world’s largest indoor malls with over 800 stores, a water park, and an amusement centre), Old Strathcona (an area close to campus featuring coffee shops, boutiques, bookstores, and a farmer’s market), or one of the 26 shopping centres.

If you enjoy eating out with friends, Edmonton boasts over 2,000 multi-ethnic restaurants. Edmonton features an annual restaurant and food festival called Taste of Edmonton. The city is also home to a long list of ethnic grocers, including T&T Supermarket (Asian), Hellas Food (Greek) the Italian Centre.