Living in Surrey, Canada:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Surrey, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 15 people living in Surrey what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Someone moving to Surrey better know about our tight-knit community! Despite being an urban city, it is common to find people you may know on the street! We have many opportunities for international students and immigrants, and the city population is very diverse. Our school system has some of the highest academic achievement!

Francine, says: 2020

Surrey is a very picturesque city filled with both natural and man-made attractions. The mellow weather is a convenience to many. One downfall is the soaring price of real estate there which makes it hard to afford a home in Surrey. Yet it is a ideal place with its bustling atmosphere.

Surrey is called the City of Parks as we have many beautiful parks to enjoy. It consists of a diverse population and has a multicultural community. There are however still issues with racism and discrimination but in the current climate of social upheaval there is some hope that things will change.

Anchal, says: 2020

Surrey is one of the affordable cities in Metro Vancouver. We have beautiful parks, easy access to our transit system that will take you to Downtown Vancouver; we also offer a variety of cuisines to enjoy. Although Surrey is a beautiful city with a lot of cultures, our crime rate in the province is quite large.

Cassandra, says: 2020

Surrey, BC, is a sprawling, suburban city. It is on the West Coast of Canada and is very welcoming to people of all backgrounds, religions and political views. The prices of rentals are substantially less pricey than in nearby Vancouver. This being said, however, purchasing your own real estate is becoming similar in price between the two. There are plenty of things to do here that nature and family friendly. If you’re interested in trying a wide variety of ethnically influenced cuisines, there is something for every palette and preference. I have found it fairly easy to get around by means of public transportation which is always expanding and fairly reliable. It is a quickly expanding city with many opportunities in employment and housing for a variety of needs.

Jenista, says: 2020

Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is a gateway to Canada’s great outdoor. From Vancouver’s high rise downtown hub you can already explore great sights and beautiful beaches with just less than an hour drive. And the city also ha a lot of outdoor attractions to get busy with.

When someone moves to the city of Surrey, they should look forward to the many outdoor activities available here and in surrounding areas. Surrey prides itself on having greenways connecting each neighbourhood and expansive parks in which you can spend your days. Within 50km of the city there are mountains to climb and ocean beaches to enjoy.

Surrey is the “city of parks”. It is a beautiful city located a peaceful distance from the bustling Vancouver but close enough for one to enjoy a night out in one of the posh Vancouver clubs. However, someone moving to Surrey should give a thought to the crime rate in this city.

Vancouver is a very clean and quiet city, where you can go from sea to mountain in one hour. Here you can enjoy outdoor, fishing, skiing, climbing and camping with incredible views and a relaxing atmosphere. Families are quite safe here, criminality rate is very low, food is very good and because of the large diversity of population you can find different cuisine in one km radius.

Folks moving to Surrey should know public transit here is not great. Surrey is a mix of urban, suburban and rural, but the urban parts are very small. Surrey’s is large geographically but the population density is low in most places. This makes it hard to have a robust public transit system that works for everyone.

Arolyn, says: 2020

Surrey is a busy town with very poorly designed roads and intersections. Because of this, one can expect to encounter what I call ‘pop-up traffic jams’ on a regular basis. Due to the proliferation of poorly designed left hand turn lanes, improperly timed traffic lights and the like, traffic will regularly become tangled up even when general volume is quite low.

Katherine, says: 2020

Surrey is currently the 2nd largest city by population in British Columbia. Surrey has a diverse culture. Considering this, many people are moving to Surrey daily. Someone moving to surrey should know surrey has an expensive Housing Market. It is also called “The City of Parks” and is an ideal place for Growing Families.

Moncef, says: 2020

Surrey is the next downtown of Vancouver, British Columbia (BC). Buying a house in Surrey is much more affordable than Vancouver, however, there are things to look out for. The crime rate is high and transportation to go around isn’t as great as transportation in Vancouver, BC. if you are looking for a place, depending on what your preference/priority is on choosing your home, it will affect your decision in finding a place in. If price is important, Surrey would be a good place in. If safety and good transportation is important, Vancouver or a city closer to Vancouver would be better.

Andrea, says: 2020

There are many roads, apartments, and stores that work together to create a cacophony of people talking, cars honking, and children crying. I find Surrey lacks the greenery, serenity, and liveliness of the countryside.

Colleen, says: 2020

Surrey is a large city near Vancouver, British Columbia. This city is most popular in Canada for presenting a large variety of South Asian food, clothes and other items. It is also known for its big houses with large backyards. There are a lot of parks here and trails for trekking. It is a comparatively safe city.

Melanie, says: 2020

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