Studying in Richmond

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Located on the southwestern coast of British Columbia, Canada, the City of Richmond is a vibrant and diverse community that offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and economic opportunities. With urban population of approximately 220,000 residents, Richmond is an exceptional locale for students to live and learn.

• Upper middle-class community

• Main industries are aviation, manufacturing, education and technology

• A diverse, multicultural and multilingual community

• Family community with apartments, condos, townhouses, and single-family

detached homes

Community Centres and Facilities

• 9 community centres with free or low-cost programs for students

• Home to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Oval

• 2 indoor pools and 2 outdoor pools

• Public and private recreational facilities, including options for fencing, table tennis, rowing, baseball, hockey, golf, gymnastics, dance, rock climbing and more.

• 140 parks including 5 signature waterfront parks

• 223 km of walking, rolling, and biking trails

Accessibility and Transportation

• Home to the Vancouver International Airport

• Excellent public transportation (Skytrain and buses)

Average Distances:

• Downtown Vancouver – 22 minutes

• YVR airport – 10 minutes

• Victoria – 2.5 hours

• Cypress Mountain – 1 hour

• Whistler – 2 hours

Access to Vancouver

• Downtown Vancouver is only 22 minutes by public transit from downtown Richmond.

Services in Richmond

• Richmond has access to doctors, hospitals, restaurants, movie theatres and shopping.


• Mild, west coast climate (20 to 30°C in summer, 0 to 10°C in winter)

• Warmest winter in Canada

• Rainy winters in the city, snow in the mountains

Cherry blossoms in February - March

• Year-round outdoor activities

Travelling to Richmond
Richmond is uniquely well situated for international travel as it is the home to the Vancouver International Airport. Students can expect a short commute of 10 to 15 minutes from the airport to their homestay in Richmond.
Closest Airport
Vancouver International Airport (YVR), which is located on Lulu Island in the City of Richmond