Home Sweet Halifax

Halifax’s coastal location is part of its unique charm. It’s a city that isn’t afraid to do its own thing, at its own pace. Which means artists, musicians, and makers of all kinds have the freedom to experiment and explore. Year after year NSCAD students come from around the world to study here, some choosing to make it their forever home.


Rugged Oceanic Beauty

Take a 15-minute drive outside downtown Halifax and you will find coastal hikes, pristine lakes and forests, and fantastic beaches for swimming or surfing. Outdoor adventures also abound throughout the province, like the lush Acadian farmlands of the Annapolis Valley, the spectacular highlands of Cape Breton, and rustic villages and coves in any direction.


Living and Expenses

As one of Canada’s most affordable cities, Halifax is a great fit for a student on a budget. The average cost of a two-bedroom apartment in Halifax is only $1,000/month. The city’s downtown core is also highly pedestrian and bike-friendly, which helps keep transportation costs low. Learn more →


Food and Shopping

Halifax is filled with award-winning restaurants, lots of pubs, amazing year-round farmers’ markets, and plenty of international culinary options. Shopping local is a breeze with independent retailers all across the downtown and North End. Larger retail chains you know and love can also be found along Spring Garden Road or at the Halifax Shopping Centre. Learn more →


Arts and Culture

Halifax is the artistic hub of Atlantic Canada. NSCAD is surrounded by over a dozen art galleries— including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia—and live music venues, independent shops, creative spaces, and cinemas are all within walking distance. Many local pubs and cafes throughout the city also host regular art exhibitions. Learn more →