Stay Connected

Email and Internet Access

myNIC is your personalized information portal that gives you access to a variety of services, such as your student email, personal digital storage and Learning Communities. A calendar helps you organize your time, and Announcements will keep you informed of important information.

Wifi is available across campus; simply find ‘nicstudent’ on your laptop of mobile device. No username or password is required. If you have trouble connecting you can get assistance from your campus Library.

There are also fee Wifi spots throughout the community mainly in stores and coffee shops.

The NIC app for your mobile device helps you stay connected with the NIC community and puts the complete higher education experience in the palm of your hand.

Local Calls

Dial: area code + local number

For example, if you wanted to call the NIC Office of Global Engagement from a phone in the Comox Valley, you would dial: 250-334-5033

Coin-operated pay phones cost 25 cents for a local call. You can talk as long as you wish. You can find pay phones on streets, in shopping malls and in public buildings.

There may or may not be a charge for local calls on a cell phone, depending on your phone plan.

Long Distance Calls

There are different ways to make long distance calls: from a pay phone, from a private phone, with phone cards and through the internet.

0 + area code + local number (to call to Canada, USA, Mexico and the Caribbean)

01 + country code + routing code + local number (Overseas)

The operator tells you how much money to put into the telephone. If you want the person you are calling to pay, tell the operator you want to make a collect call. You can also pay for long distance calls with a credit card or prepaid phone card.

1 + area code + local number (to call to Canada, USA, Mexico and the Caribbean)

011 + country code + routing code + local number (Overseas)

The cost of calling long distance on your cell phone will depend on the plan you have with your carrier.

Some telephone numbers are toll-free. These numbers usually begin with 1-800, 1-866, 1-877, or 1-888. Telephone numbers beginning with 1-900 are pay-per-call numbers. This means you will be charged for the call. These calls are often very expensive and cannot be made from a pay phone.

You can make local and long distance calls online using websites such as Skype. These websites let you call other people for free and call landline phones and cell phones at low rates. Check the Skype website for more information:
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Phone Cards

Companies in BC sell phone cards which let you make phone calls from public telephones or on cell phones. You can buy these cards in drugstores and supermarkets. To use these cards, read the instructions on the back of the card.

Cell Phones

Most students at NIC have a cell phone. If you plan to bring your cell phone with you from home, be sure to check whether it will be compatible with systems supported in Canada. If your phone is compatible, it must be unlocked in order to use a local SIM card. You can purchase a SIM card from any of the local providers such as Bell, Rogers, Telus, or others.

You can also choose to purchase a cell phone in Canada. The major national providers are Bell, Rogers, and Telus. When choosing a plan, think carefully about how much data you are likely to use, or how often you might want to call long distance.

Once you have a cell phone set up, you are strongly encouraged to download the NIC app. To do this, search for NIC app and download the free app.

Post Offices

You can send mail from a regular post office or small post office in a store. You can put letters (with stamps on) in any red mailbox on the street. Look for the Canada Post sign on the mailbox.

All addresses for Canada must have a postal code. If you do not know the postal code for an address, you can look up the code in a book at any post office, or on the Canada Post website at:

Postage on Letters

Stamps for letters cost different amounts for Canada, the USA and to other countries. Postal rates often go up. Check the price the first time you mail a letter.

Bigger envelopes, heavier letters and parcels cost more. Check the Canada Post website at:


If you mail a parcel (package) to someone outside Canada, you will have to fill in a customs form at the post office. Write what is in the parcel and the value of the item. If you are not at home when a parcel is delivered, the letter carrier will leave a note. It tells you where you can pick up the parcel.

Questions? Contact Us today or email for more assistance.