Back to School Guide for Vancouver, BC

Back to School Shopping, Vancouver School Calendars, Resources & More

Have kids heading back to school in Vancouver? Or maybe you have a toddler starting StrongStart or an 18-year-old heading to college for the first time? Whether your kid is one, eight or 18, use this Back to School Guide for Vancouver to prepare for the new school year, stay on budget for back to school shopping, learn about Vancouver school resources, and more.

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Budget Back to School Shopping in Vancouver

Back to school shopping in Vancouver, BC
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Vancouver can be a very expensive place to shop, but there are great discount stores in the city that will help keep going back to school in Vancouver within the budget.

The Budget Back to School Shopping Guide explains where to find great deals in Metro Vancouver on kids' and teens' fashion, school supplies, art supplies, and supplies for furnishing dorm rooms.

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Find a Local College or University

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Planning to attend a college or university in Vancouver in the near future? Use this guide as an introduction to all the colleges and universities in Vancouver, including the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraiser University (SFU), and two-year college programs.

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Locate Your School, Vancouver School Calendars & StrongStart

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The Vancouver School Board (VSB) runs public schools in Vancouver. The VSB website provides a lot of information for families with kids in Vancouver public schools, including:

Parents with babies and toddlers (0 - 5 years) can enroll them in the free StrongStart program, hosted by select Vancouver elementary schools and run during the school year, following the Vancouver School Calendar. (This is not a daycare program; tots must be accompanied by a care provider.)

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Budget Back to School Shopping Across the Border

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We all know that many things are cheaper south of the border, from sneakers to designer jeans to school supplies at the Bellingham Target. You can also (as of June 2012) bring back $200 worth of goods duty-free if you're in the U.S. for 24 hours; at 48 hours, you can bring back $800 worth of goods duty-free. Here's everything you need to plan a shopping spree in Bellingham or Seattle:

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Local Shopping Malls

If you have more room in your budget and are short on time, Vancouver's Top 5 Malls will let you do all (or almost all) of your back to school shopping in one place!

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Gifts for Kids, School Parties & Teachers

Need to find a gift for a school party, kid's birthday, or for teacher appreciation? Use these gift guides:

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