East Vancouver

Life in Vancouver, Canada

Our students enjoy the benefits of living and working in Vancouver, a dynamic city and international digital media hub. Situated between Canada's Coastal Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is the most populous and diverse city in Western Canada—while offering some of the best opportunities for skiing, surfing, hiking and kayaking in the world.

This dynamic, safe and multicultural city is consistently ranked as one of the most livable on the planet.

Digital Media In Vancouver

Vancouver is a spectacular city that also hosts more than 1,300 digital media companies and numerous industry leaders and innovators in video gaming, animation and VFX, digital marketing, web development, VR/AR development & applications and e-learning.

Vancouver has one of the top video game clusters in the world, and companies such as EA, Capcom, Sega and Microsoft all have studios in Vancouver. Additionally, game companies like Bandai Namco Studios Vancouver and Blackbird Interactive have studios at the Centre for Digital Media. 

Vancouver also has the world's largest VFX and animation hub, and companies such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, Industrial Light and Magic and Animal Logic all have studios in Vancouver. (source: DigiBC)

From the Vancouver Economic Development Commission:

Vancouver is recognized for its wide talent pool, proximity to other global creative hubs, solid industry infrastructure, competitive tax credits, and ability to attract and cultivate top tier talent.

The digital media industry in Vancouver is thriving and employers are demanding the high level of creative & technical competence and leadership ability that Master of Digital Media graduates possess.

Costs in Vancouver

Estimated Living Expenses

Item Canadian or Permanent Resident International

Housing ($925 per month at CDM apartments)



Food (approx. $300/month for 1 person)



Basic Health Insurance ($69.25/month)



Personal Expenses (approx. $625/month for clothing, entertainment & misc. expenses)





CAD: $30,804.00
(USD: $23,706.76
CNY: ¥158,166.22
EUR: €21,168.51)

You can also use the British Columbia Cost of Living Calculator to budget out your costs.


Vancouver boasts mild temperatures year round. Summer days, averaging 22°C (72°), are long, warm and sunny. The winter checks in at ­6°C (43°F) and rarely sees the temperature drop below freezing. Snowfall is usually confined to the local mountains where you can enjoy a number of winter sports.

Average Daily High Temperatures (source: Tourism Vancouver)

  • Spring 14°C / 57°F
  • Summer 22°C / 72°F
  • Fall 14°C / 57°F
  • Winter 6°C / 43°F

Vancouver is a casual town, and with mild weather year-round, people dress in layers and smart casual clothes are suitable in most situations.

Vancouver transportation options


­Greater Vancouver has an extensive public transportation system that is convenient and easy to use. For details on routes and schedules, see the TransLink website. MDM student fees include an unlimited local transit pass.

Vancouver is also very walkable and bike-friendly, with kilometers of bikeways & greenways that criss-cross the city. For more information, see the City of Vancouver's 'Cycling in Vancouver' page. Centre for Digital Media has secure bike storage lockers so that you can keep your bike safe while you're on campus.

For more information about living in Vancouver, check out British Columbia's Newcomers' Guide.

Things To Do In Vancouver

Vancouver is known for its world-class outdoor activities, international neighbourhoods and laid-back West Coast lifestyle.

What Can You Do On a Weekend in Vancouver?