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Finding Accomodation as a new-comer in Canada

Finding Accomodation as a new-comer in Canada

Welcome to Canada!

After you land in Canada, one of the very first things any new-comer will do is find accommodation in Canada. Based on your situation, your first home likely will be temporary accommodation including a rented house or an apartment. It is advised to atleast have somewhere lined up before arriving for a few nights. One option is to stay at hostels or hotels for the initial period of time after landing for short-term for a long-term solution. You can also choose homeis’s housing marketplace to find yourself a rented accommodation (LINK)

From your first night to your first lease signing, this article will give you an overview of how renting works in Canada. 


Short-Term Accommodation

After arriving in Canada, it is crucial to find some place for the first few nights until you rent or buy a home. There are a generous number of hostels and hotels in urban areas, though it is advised to book in advance to secure the choice of temporary accommodation in Canada available for you.

Do not hold-up for the last minute as the longer you wait, the higher the prices are, as cheap accommodation is booked in advance. You can either use a reservation website such as booking.com to book a hotel room or book a room/apartment through Airbnb for cheaper rates. You can also reach out to immigrant-service organisations in the city or province you plan to settle in. You can directly ask if there is any temporary housing for newcomers and their costing respectively. 


Finding houses and apartments for rent There are different types of renting houses available in Canada which includes houses, apartments, condominium and rental rooms which are nothing but large rooms divided into private rooms for renting purposes.

Keep in mind that the housing prices vary throughout Canada and cities like Toronto cost much more than cities like Montreal. Hence certain services mentioned in the rental agreement may include heat and electricity, while others do not.

Local newspapers, libraries and online websites like Kijiji and Cragslist can help you find a place to rent. You can also begin looking through professional renting websites such as RentHello or RentFaster.

Another very useful way of finding accommodation is to go around neighbourhoods you like to settle in and look for “FOR RENT” signs and posting on houses and buildings.


What to expect when renting in Canada? Landlords in Canada usually request for information to make sure that you will be able to pay rent every month without a fault.

Documents that may be requested before offering the lease :

  • Payslips, or any document proving your income. 
  • Bank Statement(s) with proof of enough money to cover rent for a few months. 
  • Letter of reference from your previous landlord.

Most houses and apartments for rent in Canada require at least half of the monthly salary as security deposit. Landlord and tenant responsibilities can vary in different provinces/territories. Be sure to know your tenant rights and obligations. Get to know about tenancy law in the province you plan to move on. 

Note:

  • Be sure to know about tenant rights and obligations.
  • Visit these resources for more information about which city to live in?

Check Out the cities mentioned below:-

Toronto - Your Ultimate City Guide - Toronto

Edmonton - Neighbourhoods in Edmonton | Where to live

Calgary - Your Ultimate City Guide - Calgary

Vancouver - Vancouver neighbourhoods: where to live in Vancouver

Ottawa - Ottawa neighbourhoods: Where to live | Moving to Canada

Montreal -  Your Ultimate City Guide - Montréal

  • Beware of online scams that try to dupe people by non-existing properties and asking for deposits for the same.
  • Stay clear of bogus ads.


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Mubashar· Aug 29, 09:15
I know from personal experience that this is the hardest part for a newcomer. If anyone need any help in GTA area regarding housing or accommodation, I would be happy to help.
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Varsha· Aug 29, 17:05
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That’s really nice of you Mubashar. Thank you for coming out and offering to help 🙏🏽
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Dileep Kumar· Sep 02, 14:31
Hi I am looking for quarantine plus short term rental in Mississauga and Brampton We are family of 3
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Zohaib· Oct 31, 14:57

I need help for room sharing, when you get my message just call me on my whatsapp number [[Sign In to see link]]

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Zohaib· Oct 31, 14:58

I need help to get room as sharing when you get my message call me on my whatsapp number [[Sign In to see link]]

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Geetanjali· Aug 29, 11:44
We provide short term rental, long term rental and, quarantine facilities.
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Raju· Aug 31, 02:54

Am looking room for rent Closer to guelph withh in 5 km 500$ includes utilities No need parking No smoking No pets Single man 41 years Working at Guelph Cell no [[Sign In to see link]] Raju Sahai

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Geetanjali· Aug 31, 02:55

Raju we don’t have at this place

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Raju· Aug 31, 17:32

Geetanjali thx

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Dileep Kumar· Sep 02, 14:30
Hi I am looking for quarantine plus short term rental in Mississauga and Brampton We are family of 3
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Geetanjali· Sep 02, 23:21

Dileep Kumar -we have place available in Brampton and Richmond Hill. You can connect to me at-6474076210

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Azhar Ali· Sep 11, 07:38
Contact me
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Dileep Kumar· Sep 11, 18:16

Azhar Ali Can you provide me your contact number

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Raju· Aug 31, 02:55

Am looking room for rent Closer to guelph withh in 5 km 500$ includes utilities No need parking No smoking No pets Single man 41 years Working at Guelph Cell no [[Sign In to see link]] Raju Sahai

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Raju· Aug 31, 02:55

Am looking room for rent Closer to guelph withh in 5 km 500$ includes utilities No need parking No smoking No pets Single man 41 years Working at Guelph Cell no [[Sign In to see link]] Raju Sahai

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Geetanjali· Sep 02, 23:22
We don’t have at this location
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Azhar Ali· Sep 11, 07:39
I have 2 boy need room under 500$
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Dushyant· Sep 13, 22:12
Hello I'm looking for short term rental in South Edmonton where Gujarati communities are around. I am new in Edmonton and want to bring my family here. Please let me know if anyone knows where we can find such apartment where new comers or Gujarati communities are living. Need 1 or 2 BHK apartment or condos. Thanks
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Elsie· Sep 18, 00:12
I am looking for a female roommate for my apartment in North York.
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Azhar Ali· Sep 18, 01:59
I want Share room with me you
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