How To Find Student Housing In Canada: What You Need To Know

    Updated on: 11 Sep 2023 4 min read


    Canada is fast emerging as the favoured education destination for Indian students aspiring to study abroad. The number of Indian students in Canada increased from 6,675 students in 2004 to 48,730 students in 2015. This was a whopping increase of 630%. The year 2017, in fact, saw 100,000 Indian students take admission to Canadian Colleges and Universities. Many Indian students, in recent times, have chosen Canada over the U.S., for their higher education sojourn.

    Some of the factors that attract Indian students towards Canadian Colleges and Universities are comparatively lower tuition fee (which is 30-40% less than the tuition fee at U.S universities), U.S. President Trump’s stance on immigration and the various racial incidents that have recently plagued the United States of America.

    For scores of Indian students who have got an admission to a College or University in Canada, or those who plan to go the next year, student housing is one of the first things that they want to tick off from their “To Do List”. If you are one such student and have been worried about how to find the perfect place to call home for the next few years, read on and get to know how to find the best student accommodation in Canada.

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    So, if you are someone who is going to opt for an off-campus accommodation, we urge you to follow the following tips:

    1. Your college or institution may have a list of Off-Campus renting options in the neighbourhood. So, get in touch with them first.

    2. When making your off-campus arrangements, consider the distance from your University and the kind of public transport available for your commute. Also inquire about furnishings, safety, maintenance, lease, and subletting.

    3. Start making your arrangements early, as soon as you get your acceptance letter, as most good options get taken over by peak months i.e. August and September.

    4. Beware of fake ads about properties that do not exist. Always make sure to inspect the place before signing any lease or agreement or making any deposits.

    5. Most off-campus housing in Canada comes without any furnishings. Buying furnishings from the market can be costly. We suggest students try Craigslist for cheap or free things.

    We are sure that Canada will welcome you with open arms and help you make the most of your time as an International student. We wish you all the best for your new journey!

Written by Aishwarya Bhatt

A bookworm who transforms into a web-usability evangelist, when her favorite blend of coffee is flowing in her veins. Happiest in a bookstore and when she is painting with words on paper!

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