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Regularly ranked among the best nations in the world for quality of life, Canada is known for academic excellence. Plus, it offers affordable tuition fees, an incredibly welcoming environment (it's home to over half a million international students!) and plenty of job opportunities once you've finished your degree. Read on to discover how our student baggage shipping services can help you transport your personal belongings to the Great White North.

Helping Canadian students return home for over 25 years

Are you finishing your studies in the Land Down Under and planning a move back to Canada? Then, use our convenient door-to-door international student shipping services to transport your belongings simply and affordably back home.

Students are busy people, so rather than worrying about the ins and outs of hauling your goods from A to B, let our friendly and experienced team of overseas shipping experts do the hard work for you, allowing you to focus on acing those last few assignments. All you need to do is securely box up your items (don't worry - we can provide packing materials!) and fill in our online documentation.

Plus, as a returning Canadian citizen, your shipment can be imported duty-free. Although, please note that all your effects must have been owned and used for at least six months before your return to Canada and you'll need to declare any goods that follow after your arrival.

 

 

Student shipping in 5 easy steps

Number one

Free instant online quote 
Get a quick quote offering clear, transparent pricing so you can compare costs.

Number two

Pick your dates
When placing your order, choose the shipment collection and delivery dates that suit you.

Number three

Securely pack your items
We deliver your empty shipping boxes or MoveCube®, ready for you to fill.

Number four

We collect and ship
As international movers, we collect your shipment and safely transport it to its destination.

Number five

Delivered to your address
Our team will see your goods safely through customs, then deliver them to your new home.

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Student shipping services: shipping from Australia to Canada

Good news! Seven Seas Worldwide has been shipping to Canada for years, and you couldn't pick a safer pair of hands to transport your personal effects to your new university lodgings. Our efficient student shipping service covers all major Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Toronto and Quebec, taking the worry out of hauling your home comforts, such as books, bedding and sports equipment, halfway across the world and allowing you to focus on getting prepped for your studies.

Once you've got your free instant shipping quote, place your order using our straightforward online booking tool, and our team of expert international shippers will send you all the packing boxes and supplies necessary, including bubble wrap and packing tape (free with our MoveCube® service), for you to wrap up your belongings securely. Next, complete our quick and straightforward online documentation, which includes an:

  • Inventory for you to record the contents of your shipment.
  • Optional insurance to protect your possessions in case a mishap occurs.
  • Customs forms to ensure clearance of your goods into Canada from Australia.

Lastly, relax and let our expert and highly experienced team do the rest. Below we've answered a few common shipping questions students ask us when moving to Canada from Australia, but don't hesitate to contact our multilingual advisors if you have any other queries.  

 

 

FAQs about our international student shipping service

The most important thing to remember is that you must be present in Canada when your shipment arrives, as you will need to visit a CBSA Customs Office to clear it. Our Canadian team will contact you once your goods arrive to tell you which Customs Office you'll need to visit. However, be prepared to travel as the office will be local to the warehouse holding your shipments, not necessarily to your new home.

When shipping from Australia to Canada, you can send your personal items either by sea or air. If you're a student on a budget, sea shipping is the cheapest option, but it will take 75 days to reach your new home. Alternatively, air shipping is quicker, taking eight days, ideal if you've got a little more to spend, although the exact cost will depend on the weight and size of your shipment.

At Seven Seas Worldwide, we specialise in door-to-door luggage shipping, so once you've filled out the forms listed above and packed your boxes, our expert team will handle transportation. We even offer two weeks of free storage on either side to give you enough time to enjoy your leaving party, say your goodbyes and arrive safely in your new home.

The best way to get the most accurate price for shipping to Canada is to fill out our free instant shipping quote form. It's quick and easy to submit and will give you a clear breakdown of the costs involved, so rest assured, you won't be hit with any nasty surprises once you've placed your order.

Luckily, as a student, your goods can be imported duty-free into Canada. However, all the items you ship must be for personal use only and can't be sold or otherwise disposed of without the agreement of Canadian Customs.

They must also have been in your possession for at least six months prior, and you'll need to export them again after your temporary residence ends. If your bags are checked upon entry to the country and a Customs official finds brand new or commercial items, you will have to pay duties and taxes.

As with any country, there are certain restrictions on what you can ship into Canada from Australia. A few noteworthy prohibited items include:

  • Alcohol (unless you have a permit from your provincial and territorial liquor board)
  • CBD (cannabidiol) and cannabis-derived products
  • E-cigarettes, vape pens, vapour cigarettes
  • Food items and drinks
  • Counterfeit or pirated goods
  • Weapons, replica weapons

Our Prohibited Goods page contains a comprehensive list of all the items you can't send along with specific service-based restrictions.

 

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Customs Offices

Alberta

Calgary Customs Office
175 Aero Way Northeast, Unit 162,
Calgary, AB T2E 6K2
800-461-9999
Monday- Friday 8:.00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat. and Sun. - Closed

Edmonton Customs Office
1727 35th Ave East Unit 100
Edmonton, AB T9E 0V6
1 800 461 9999
Monday- Friday 8:.00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat. and Sun. - Closed

British Colombia

Vancouver Customs Offices
1611 Main Street Unit 412
Vancouver, BC V6A2W5
204 983 3500
Monday- Friday 8:.00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat. and Sun. - Closed

Manitoba

Winnipeg Customs Office
1821 Wellington Avenue Unit 130
Winnipeg MB R3H 0G4
204-983-3030
Monday- Friday 8:.00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat. and Sun. - Closed

Nova Scotia

Halifax Customs Office
163 Susie Lake Crescent
Halifax, NS B3L 4V6
902 426 2072
Monday- Friday 8:.00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat. and Sun. - Closed

Ontario

Mississauga Customs Office
2720 Britannia Road East
Mississauga, Ontario L4W 0G3
OPEN 24/7
905 676-3626

Quebec

Montreal Customs Office
400 Place d'Youville
Montreal, QC
514 283 8700
Monday- Friday 8:.00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat. and Sun. - Closed

Saskatchewan

Saskatoon Customs Office
2625 Airport Dr
Saskatoon, SK S7L 7L1
306 975 4755
Monday- Friday 8:.00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat. and Sun. - Closed

Regina Customs Office
2510 Sandra Schmirler Way
Regina, SK S4W 1B7
1 800 461 9999
Monday- Friday 8:.00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat. and Sun. - Closed

How long does shipping to Canada from Australia take?*

 

By sea

75 days

 

By air

8 days

*estimated timings dependent on global shipping circumstances

 

Top reasons to study in Canada

There's so much more to Canada than ice hockey, moose and maple syrup — although these are incentives enough to fall in love with this vibrant and friendly country! Here are just five of the many reasons you should consider swapping the sweltering heat of Oz for the Great White North.

 

A rich and vibrant cultural scene:

While Canada is well-known for its French community, it's also home to an astonishing 195 different languages, making it one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. This melting-pot of cultural variety boils over into many tasty delicacies, including poutine and saskatoon berry pie, vibrant festivals like The Calgary Stampede and Montreal Jazz Fest, and many other must-tries to add to your Canadian bucket list.

One of the safest countries for international students:

Tell your parents not to worry — Canada has an extraordinarily low crime rate. In fact, thanks to strict gun laws, a strong economy and a passion for inclusivity, not to mention its citizens' notorious politeness, the Global Peace Index currently ranks it as the world's tenth-safest country.

An abundance of innovative research opportunities:

From the discovery of insulin at the University of Toronto to the invention of basketball at McGill, research programs are an integral part of the Canadian educational system. Depending on the degree you choose, international students can look forward to helping further studies in many different areas, such as medicine, environmental science, computer technology and agriculture.

Apply for permanent residency after your degree:

Unless you have a work permit, international students can only earn extra beer money by doing jobs on campus. However, once you've graduated, you can work in Canada for up to one year after receiving your degree. And, if you decide to make the country your new home, you can apply for permanent residency without having to return to Australia first.

It was the only company where I could get an honest quote online without having to wait for an email from someone. Everything was itemized in the charges, and there were no surprises. I shipped twelve boxes from Australia to Canada with no issues. They arrived in the timeframe, and nothing was missing or damaged. Every person I dealt with from pickup to delivery was friendly and answered all my questions. I'll definitely be using Seven Seas again for my next overseas move.

Lisa Warkentin

 

Best universities in Canada

In Canada, university programs typically mix traditional lectures with group work, workshops and individual assignments and projects. The teaching environment is open and friendly, with professors encouraging their students to become independent learners. Here are a few helpful facts about the six best universities in Canada.

 

University of Toronto

Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto is renowned for its innovative teaching approach and ground-breaking discoveries. But, while its ivy-clad stone walls might be steeped in history, Toronto itself caters for the youth. The city is full of hip eateries, independent cafes and live music venues, granting you plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in Canadian culture.

Prefer to hit the books? The U of T boasts 44 different libraries, making it the fourth largest library system in North America.

World University Rankings: 18th

Percentage of international students: 25%

Undergraduate programs: the University of Toronto offers over 700 undergrad programs in a range of topics, including mathematical sciences, humanities, engineering, music and many more.

Graduate programs: they also have over 300 post-graduate programs, providing students with the tools needed to excel in virtually all industries.

Student societies: whatever hobbies you're hoping to pursue outside of the classroom, you're bound to find something that interests you among the U of T's 1,000+ clubs and activities.

McGill University

Based in Montreal, McGill University has a prestigious reputation that attracts thousands of international students from across the globe every year.

And as a little bit of trivia for sports fans, students from the university helped invent basketball and another team of alumni took part in the first-ever ice hockey match in 1875.

World University Rankings: 30th

Percentage of international students: 30.5%

Undergraduate programs: McGill has more than 300 undergrad degrees, and its medical program is known as the best in Canada.

Graduate programs: choose from over 400 masters in more than 80 departments.

Student societies: there are over 260 student groups to keep you busy — you can even hop on a broomstick and give Muggle Quidditch a try!

University of British Columbia

Having produced three Canadian prime ministers, eight Nobel laureates and nineteen Olympic gold athletes, the University of British Columbia certainly helps its students develop bright futures. Also, it has recently invested billions of dollars in several state-of-the-art facilities, including a laboratory for particle and nuclear physics and a traditional Japanese botanical garden.

The university sits in downtown Vancouver, where hypothetically, you can surf in the Pacific Ocean and ski at Whistler all in the same day.

World University Rankings: 37th

Percentage of international students: 33%

Undergraduate programs: the institution offers 41 undergraduate degrees in various subjects, such as IT, science, liberal arts and linguistics.

Graduate programs: UBC has one of the largest graduate student populations among Canadian universities with over 300 post-grad programs in nearly every academic field.

Student societies: its societies run the gamut from anime appreciation to beer brewing, and the campus is equipped with several world-class sports centres to help you keep fit.

Université de Montréal

This super-sized university is the second largest in Canada and comprises of thirteen faculties, over sixty departments and two affiliated schools. The main campus is nestled in the heart of French-speaking Montreal, an eclectic city that merges cobblestone streets with cutting-edge skyscrapers and has quick access to several major U.S. cities, including Washington D.C. and New York.

World University Rankings: 88th

Percentage of international students: 23%

Undergraduate programs: while the Université de Montréal does have 650+ undergrad and post-grad degrees available, they are in French, so you need to be fluent in the language.

Graduate programs: UBC has one of the largest graduate student populations among Canadian universities with over 300 post-grad programs in nearly every academic field.

Student societies: lectures, workshops, shows and exhibitions are available all year round, as well as a vast variety of student organizations and the use of a fully equipped sports centre.

University of Alberta

The University of Alberta is in Edmonton, one of the northernmost cities in the world and known as "Canada’s Festival City" as it hosts over thirty celebrations every year, covering sport, music, theatre and more. The uni is renowned for its palaeontology research, and the campus includes several museums displaying a mammoth collection of dinosaur bones and meteorites.

World University Rankings: 125th

Percentage of international students: 28%

Undergraduate programs: there are over 200 undergraduate programs available in the humanities, creative arts, business, engineering and health sciences.

Graduate programs: 500+ graduate programs.

Student societies: hone your passions or discover new social circles with more than 425 student-run societies covering academic, recreational, political and cultural interests.

McMaster University

Situated in Hamilton, Ontario, the Waterfall Capital of Canada, McMaster University is a stunning campus bordered by waterways, greenery and woodland trails. Close to Niagara Falls and Toronto, the city blends a cosmopolitan vibe with rustic charm and has a flourishing local arts community.

World University Rankings: 80th

Percentage of international students: 20%

Undergraduate programs: McMaster has a wide selection of undergrad programs focusing on medicine, engineering and business, and biological sciences.

Graduate programs: they also offer more than a hundred masters programs across health sciences, humanities, social sciences, business and engineering.

Student societies: with over three hundred clubs on campus and facilities like an Olympic sized salt-water pool and rock-climbing gym, this university truly has something for everyone.