Finding your home away from home
You have three main options to choose from when it comes to finding a place to live during your studies. Depending on your needs – and also your budget - you can choose to rent private accommodation, to live on or close to campus at a student residence or dormitory, or to live with a local family (homestay).
Renting private accommodation gives you privacy if you choose to live alone, or lets you share the cost of accommodation if you choose to live with friends.
Living on or close to campus in student accommodation owned by your school, college or university can be very convenient. You won’t need to travel far, and it’s a great way to make new friends.
A homestay gives you all the comforts of living in a family home. You’ll practice your English living within a local family while learning so much about local culture.
No matter which accommodation you’re looking at, you should remember to think about:
- How much you want to spend. Don’t forget to include costs such as a rental bond, or utility bills like electricity, gas or water.
- How far away you want to be – and how easy the transport is between home and campus.
- What else you might need close at hand, such as shopping centres, restaurants and health services.
If you need any help finding accommodation whilst you are in Canada, get in touch with your institution’s housing office or student services.