Accommodation for Students in Canada

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Based
on your budget, situation, and various other factors, academic
institutions of Canada can connect you to a large number of on and
off-campus accommodation options for students.

If you
are an international student, you should begin looking for accommodation by
visiting the international student office or by using the website of the
college or university which you will be attending.

Primary
types of accommodation are:

Dormitories and Condominiums

Universities
and colleges offer residencies to students on campus or near the campus.
Dormitories are generally larger accommodation types that can house a large
number of students, whereas condominiums are usually smaller independent
apartments that can accommodate 3 to 5 students at a time.

It has
d areas for entertainment, exercising, and cooking as well as common
bathrooms and showers. The dormitories are sufficient for one or more persons
per room and are taken care of directly by the school. Dormitories are a
popular choice amongst first-year college and university students.

A
condominium generally consists of three to six bedrooms with single capacity
rooms and the main floor comprising of kitchen and living room area. This type
of accommodation has been kept aside for second-fourth year students and
students who have completed their graduation.

In both
scenarios, this kind of accommodations is inclusive of a cafeteria or a food
court where they can eat daily. Both types of accommodations can include necessary
facilities such as hot water and the internet.

Off-Campus d Apartments

These
provide students with a living space having one or more roommates. They are
similar to townhouses with respect to them having a single occupancy or living
room and them having a d kitchen, bathroom, living room, and dining room
area.

It is important to note that not all universities in Canada will aid you in looking for off-campus housing. In such cases, they might refer you to specific agencies or require you to do your independent research and get in touch with services in the neighboring communities.

Rental
charges can differ significantly, especially in bigger cities such as
Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal.

Homestay Option

Staying
with a host family can offer you security and a feeling of belonging which
other accommodation won’t. Homestays usually provide a private single room,
along with three meals per day.

It also
helps the student in acclimatizing with Canadian culture and
customs more quickly. d accommodation or single stay options are available
to the students according to their requirements. Students staying in homestay
accommodations should be prepared to travel 30-50 minutes in public transport
to reach the school.

Apartment Rentals

There
are many ways to look for students to look for an interim apartment rental
before arriving in Canada through websites such as Airbnb, Wimdu, or Housetrip.
These apartments are usually fully furnished private rentals. Do read the
reviews of all the rentals and see the feedback of the people who have stayed
there.

Finding
an unfurnished can also be done, but it is complicated for first-time international
students.

Things
to consider while looking for accommodation 

Start searching for your accommodation in Canada ahead of time.

Once
you get your letter of acceptance, most institutes will give a pre-departure
orientation package inclusive of accommodation options. These accommodation
choices should be thoroughly researched before making any formal application to
study that has been given to the school.

Once
you are prepared to register and have paid for the accommodation, then be fully
committed to the service being provided. Most of the homestay options start
decreasing four to eight weeks before the beginning of the academic session.

  • Decide on your meal plans

Students who are staying
within the campus can go for the meal plan program. The meal plans are paid for
in advance and allow you for a dynamic and affordable way to eat in a cafeteria
and restaurants.

  • Infrastructure

Inquire about the facilities
(internet, hot water, television, etc.) offered by your accommodation provider.
You should make a final decision regarding your accommodation after knowing
about the unforeseen costs involved.

  • Disability needs infrastructure

Students with disability
needs should get in touch with the school at the earliest. In some instances,
one should register for special services and accommodation.

  • Arrive early to your campus

Give yourself enough time to
get used to your campus and neighborhood facilities. If you are reaching during
summer, one must be careful that many universities and utilities are closed
until the first week of September. For the following reason, it is better to
arrive early so you can adjust to your new surroundings with ease.

  • Leases and deposits

You might be told to sign a
contract while renting a d apartment. Also, you might be asked to pay
instead of rent, utilities (electricity, water), internet in addition to a
deposit equivalent to one month’s rent.

Important
pointers

  • Always ask your
    university or college whether they will be helping you with booking your accommodation
    in Canada.
  • Be aware of the
    scams on certain websites such as Craigslist and never make any advance payment
    without meeting the owner in person or having a look at the apartment.
  • The academic
    institution you will be studying in may provide you with accommodation services
    in house, may refer you to a placement agency or expect you to look for a
    residency on your own. Gather information regarding practices your university
    is employing and be proactive regarding the same.

Whatever
you decide on, always be sure to look for accommodation where you will be
feeling secure and comfortable and where you can study and be successful during
your time in Canada.

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