How to get accommodations for students in Canada (students halls and private accommodations)


Finding a suitable, comfortable, and efficient place to live while completing your studies in Canada should be the priority of every student no matter their study program or their prospective degree. There are several options students can choose from; each with their own list of pros and cons.

School-provided accommodations
 Homestays
Staying with a Canadian family is a great way to learn all about Canadian culture and lifestyle. It also gives students the opportunity to meet new people with similar interests and preferences. Students are provided with meals and private sleeping quarters which is fully furnished. This arrangement encourages family activities and acts as a support system for the student throughout his or her stay in Canada.

Average cost of this type of accommodation is $400-$800 CDN per month. Some families will charge an initial placement fee of up to $200. However, prices will vary according to the location.

 Residence/dormitories.
Most universities have accommodations conveniently located on-campus, or at a location nearby.

Rooms come in all sorts of sizes and quality. You can have the choice of having a private room or sharing a room with another student. Some learning institutions include meal plans into the cost of the room. However, many dormitories have shared kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry facilities.

The average cost of residence rooms or dormitories is $3,000 – $7500 CDN per school year.

 Off-campus accommodations.
Many schools provide listing for renting apartments off-campus. This housing service is more affordable, and students can find a place to stay that meets their preferences.

• Accommodations not provided by schools

o Renting an apartment.
If a student wishes to live off-campus while completing his or her studies in Canada, there are many options to choose from. However, they vary greatly in cost, value and accessibility. The cost can be quite expensive in major cities and in addition, apartments may not always be available. In this case, students opt for roommates to cut back on rent costs, and in an effort to find an apartment which meets their needs. Apartments usually have one or two bedrooms and students share the bathroom and kitchen. Typically, apartments are rented unfurnished, but the rent does include heat, water, and electricity.

o Renting a house or suite.
Usually a group of students can come together and rent a house or a suite which is a unit within a larger home that contains all the necessary amenities such as a kitchen, a bathroom, and a bedroom. They may be rented unfurnished which means students are responsible for filling it with furniture, as they are responsible for providing their own meals. Rent includes heat, water, and electricity.

Students are responsible to check out the quality and suitability because schools are not responsible for these types of accommodations. Listings for these rentals are usually found in local newspapers. Students should carefully examine any agreement to be signed with the landlord as well as the apartment or suite before moving in. landlords usually require a damage deposit and monthly rent via cash or check.

Average cost of shared accommodations is $250 – $700 CDN per month.
Average cost of a suite or apartment is $400 – $1500 CDN per month.