myself is not a MBA student, but i can help you out with some general questions you need. Life is quiet in Ottawa,nothing special you can do in Ottawa. Bars, bowling place, pool place usually close2-3pm. food is not good, expensive and lack of variaty. Rent is pretty expensive. usually students here shares rent together.Usually the rent is about 350-400 for one room in an apartment or house. A bacholor will cost you about 600-700 dollors per month, one bedroom cost 7-800 depends one what type of quality of room you are looking for. Books are very expensive, although you buy second hand, still cost you a lot.so a lot people photocopy books, which will cost you 4 cent per page.Professor here like to earn money by changing editions every year, in order to make you buy new books. For your guys who are taking language courses before you start the actual class, they are not that useful as it seemed to be and cost you a lot. if u can't take it, doesn't really matter. Ottawa is pretty cold in winter, bring a lot winter cloths. If your guys smoke, bring as much cigarett as you can because it;s cost around 4 dollar for one pack of cigarett. If your English is not that good, doesn;t really matter for the first few months becasue all your classmates will be Chinese becasue you all taking core courses together, seperate from Canadian student, you won;t have time using English actually,unless writing papers adn do presentations. Hope these informations will help your guys a bit,and welcome to Ottawa.
well, actually the life in Ottawa is not so bad, depending on your own ability for fitness. Once you get used to the life, you will eventually like it.IT;s just complete different with the life back in China. There are a lot things you can do actually. During the summer, go for fishing in beautiful lakes or rivers; camping in Algonquin Park or somewhere in Quebec. Go to all the museums, see all the paintings and aboriginal culture.Enjoy the sunshine and the fresh air while attending the Tulip festival. Go to suburban areas to pick your own fresh Strawberries,apples and many more.Drive down to Toronto to see CN towers, Lakes,eat in Chinatown, Play in Canada's Wonderland etc.Further, you can drive to see the famous Niagara Falls, enjoy the becauty created by nature mother. Like to gamble, go to Niagara Fall Casino, 3 floors full of excitments!! Back to north, you can go to Montreal, Quebec cities, enjoy the real European culture. There are a lot more stuff you can do during the summer, just depending on how you like it. If you don;t like any of the stuff, then of course it;s boring though. Anyways, hope these would help a bit!