The best thing about finding a place to live in Canada is that there are plenty of options to choose from, that will fit your needs such as budget, living style, proximity to university or downtown, etc.
Once you have narrowed your own requirements for accommodation, you can start looking for accommodation options online, through contacts or through your university housing resource. below are some options that will help you to choose your accommodation.
Student accommodation available in Canada:
1) Dormitories: This can be both on-campus and off-campus.
- Dorms are rooms primarily made for a large number of people. Dorms have several beds #, with communal bathrooms, lounge areas, and dining areas.
- Depending on the school policy, first and/or second-year students may get first preference to dorms.
2) Rent an apartment (studio or shared): If you want an off-campus living experience, you can choose to live in a rented apartment in the city or suburbs, depending on your preference. Apartments come in studios, with a single bedroom, kitchen and bathroom), or shared with multiple rooms. You can choose if you want a single room or a shared room. Apartments are mostly situated in more populated areas and are close to (or in) the heart of the city. This is a good option if you want the hustle and bustle of city life!
3) Rent a townhouse: Town houses have 3-4 bedroom suites and have two or three floors as well.
- Usually, the ground floor will have a shared living room, dining area, and kitchen.
- Bathrooms are single or shared, depending on the number of occupants.
- Town houses are commonly situated in the suburbs, so if you like a peaceful, low-rise setting away from the noise of the city, then this might be an option for you.
4) Home-stay: Many families living near university campuses choose to rent out a room or two of their house for students. Many home-stays include meals as well. If you prefer a family-style setting, with all your needs taken care of, then this could work for you.
Factors to consider when choosing accommodation
|Factors to be Considered||On- Campus||Off- Campus|
|Furnished/unfurnished||It comes furnished with bed, mattresses, study table, storage cupboards etc.||If you are new to Canada, it is advisable to choose a furnished place as it will greatly reduce the stress of buying new furniture and having it delivered and assembled.|
|Utilities||This would include a broadband connection, heating, water connection, and electricity (which may include an electric-powered cooking stove). Utilities would either be included in the rent or would be a reduced fee in addition to the rent.||Some places may have all utilities included in the rent. Others may have broadband connection as a separate payment, split between the roommates using it. Make sure to get this information from your landlord before you make the decision to move in!|
|Transportation available/ Distance from college||Less distance to travel to reach the college.||Commuting for up to 40 minutes is considered normal for a Canadian city.
Check with the landlord and other roommates for transit routes to the university, closest grocery store, hospital, 24-hour emergency store, restaurants, etc.
Bus stops and train stations should be walking distance, ideally up to 10 minutes of walking. Look for multiple routes as well, in case of traffic jams or breakdown of transportation.