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SI is dedicated to giving you the best, quickest, most honest and helpful answers to your questions. We want to be integral and reliable part of your team from day one and then throughout your training and throughout your entire career. Call or email us today:
Finding a Place to Stay
It’s way easier and cheaper than you think! Whether you’re looking for an apartment or a homestay, planning on flying solo or need a roommate, have a master plan or don’t have a clue where to begin, we’ve got you. With access to thousands of safe, close, and affordable options, let the worry melt away. We are strategically located in the heart of the Vancouver entertainment industry and this is also a main artery of all public transit, including buses, Skytrains, and major roadways.
Paying For Your Education
Don’t let stress about money or debt keep you from going after your dream career. Most students don’t realize how incredibly easy student loans, bursaries, RESPs, and scholarships are to get and manage. (Did you know you don’t even have to start paying your student loan back until six months after you complete your program?)
To learn more, call us or visit: Storyinstitute.ca/about/financialaid
Living in Vancouver
We get it: moving to a new place, especially the “big city”, can be intimidating. Well, get excited! We’re here to give you the grand tour and show you the sights: restaurants, theatres, shopping areas, ATMs, medical services, parks, sports facilities, and more. And oh, those beaches!
Speak to an admissions advisor today.
Working While You Study
With a super-manageable class schedule (5 days a week, 4 hours a day), most of our full-time students also have part-time jobs to offset costs. We can connect you directly with WorkBC if you need help finding a job that works for you.
We warmly welcome students from around the world, providing assistance in securing student visas, obtaining housing (including opportunities to improve your English and learn about Canadian culture), and all your pre- and post-arrival needs.
In addition to one of the best public transit systems in the world, Vancouver has a vast array of affordable car and bike share options. Let us know if you need information or assistance getting a bus pass.
Health & Counselling Services
Story Institute is surrounded by a wide variety of accessible physical and mental health supports. Call an admissions advisor today for more information.
B.C. Medical Services Plan (MSP)
Effective September 1, 2019, a health fee will be implemented by the BC government for international students.
The health fee will apply to international post-secondary students at the rate of:
• $37.50 per month, per student, from September 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019; and
• $75.00 per month, per student, effective January 1, 2020, coinciding with the elimination of MSP premiums.
Enrolment in MSP through Health Insurance BC will remain unchanged.
Students with a Personal Health Number for MSP will be issued an invoice monthly by Revenue Services of British Columbia (RSBC) starting in November 2019, and will be sent to the address on file with MSP.
From September 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019, the health fee will be payable in addition to any premiums that may be payable on a student’s MSP account.
Vancouver Home/Board Resources
These are an affordable way to live and study in Vancouver. You will live with other students from various schools, have your own private room, and often have the choice to have it include three meals per day.
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Furnished and Unfurnished
Story Institute is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver and their are numerous ways to easily get to school by foot, bus, skytrain, bike, car, or any other mode of transportation that you prefer.
There are numerous pay parking lots nearby, that are walking distance to the school or you may want to look into the following public transit and community transit options:
BIKE SHARE PROGRAMS
CAR SHARE PROGRAMS
Story Institute Acting School Health & Safety
Story Institute is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment to all of its students, staff, instructors, and contractors.
Where are the nearest hospitals?
Vancouver General Hospital
855 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1N1, Canada
604-875-4111 St. Paul’s Hospital
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6, Canada
Where are the nearest counseling services?
24/7 Distress Line
Call 604-872-3311 or toll-free at 1-866-661-3311 Qmunity LGBTQ Community Centre
1170 Bute Street, Vancouver BC V6E 1N4
Offers free counseling for LGBTQ youth and adults Living Through Loss Counseling Society
#206-1651 Commercial Drive, Vancouver BC V5L 3Y2
Offers counseling for grief at lower rates Mood Disorders Association of BC
200 – 460 Nanaimo Street
Vancouver, BC V5L 4W3
604-873-0103 Vancouver Coastal Health
1212 W Broadway
Open until 5:00 PM
Directions Suicide Attempt Counselling Service
1669 E Broadway
Directions Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC
763 Broadway E
Open until 1:00 AM
Directions Safer Counselling
2425 Quebec St
Open until 4:30 PM
BC Medical Insurance is required by law for all students, international as well as Canadian, through the Medical Services Plan of B.C. Students from outside British Columbia and international students should apply for B.C. Medical insurance once arriving and establishing an address in BC. Forms are available on Medical Services Plan website. Coverage starts three months after the month in which you apply so International students on visas should apply upon arrival and establishing a BC address. During the waiting period, your former insurance policy may cover you or you can arrange for private insurance through any broker for your first three months in BC.
Story Institute’s regular operating hours are 7 days a week 9am – 11pm. Special workshops, casting sessions, and other events may require the studio to remain open longer or permit it to close earlier.
No visitors are allowed during school hours unless they are officially auditing a program. Visitors are not permitted to operate any of the equipment. If you wish for us to consider exceptions to this rule please submit a request the Senior Educational Administrator for consideration.
In the event of an emergency evacuation, all people in the building will exit through the front or rear doors of the building and meet at TBD located at 1TBD Vancouver. A head count will be taken by the senior staff member or instructor on site and the emergency services will be contacted.
A First Aid kit is available at the reception desk. Please report any incidents to someone on staff as soon as possible and fill out an Incident Report form. Please ensure you include updated phone and email information for your emergency contacts in the unlikely event that we ever need to contact them as the result of an emergency.
Safety & Emergencies
In the event of an emergency, please notify a staff member or call 911.
If you are aware of any dangers that exist in the building generally or within our operating areas then please let us know immediately.
Story Institute is covered by a public liability insurance policy that is expressly limited to the school’s premises. All other areas are the insured responsibility of the landlord and their parties or intermediaries.