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Arrange for accommodation

As a student, you can choose to live on-campus or off-campus.

On Campus Housing

If you choose to live on-campus, we have wonderful rooms available for you but space is limited so please apply well in advance. More information is available here: https://concordia.ab.ca/student-services/residence/

Off Campus Housing

It is best to arrive two weeks to a month before classes begin to arrange non-University housing, as the selection diminishes as September nears, and can be even more limited in the winter months.

You will need to reserve an absolute minimum of one week of temporary accommodation in advance of your arrival, so that you will have a place to stay while you arrange your permanent housing.

Remember to budget for the added cost of temporary accommodations, based on your arrival date. It’s a good idea to carry enough cash to last you for all the expenses of your first week.

We caution you against entering into any rental agreement until you have viewed the accommodation in person and met any prospective roommates. Also be sure to carefully review the details of the contract before signing. Please be aware that Concordia University of Edmonton staff cannot enter into any housing agreement on your behalf.

When renting off-campus, you can sign a monthly or a yearly lease. You might pay less rent if you sign for a year, but you will not be able to move until the year is over. If you are sure you will not move, you might save money by signing for a year.

Before renting an apartment, consider the following:

  • Think of the cost of the apartment. Some apartments offer free internet and cable but most do not. Additionally, utilities (heat, electricity, water) may not be included in the rent. Please find out the costs before you sign the lease.
  • Consider the time you will need to get to school or work. Traveling in the city can be unpleasant in the winter. It takes longer to get to places in the winter than it does in the summer. A quick check of the address on Google maps will help you find out how long it will take you to get to CUE and downtown.
  • Will the house be warm enough in the winter? Basement suites are cooler than other rooms and suites. This is good in the summer but a problem in the winter. Ask if the furnace is strong enough to heat your room in winter.
  • Is the accommodation clean enough for you? If you are renting a furnished apartment, make sure to check that it is free of bedbugs or roaches
  • Ask about the laundry facilities and the cost of doing laundry.
  • Consider how far from transit stop (bus stop, train station) the accommodation is
  • Do the stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer, toilet and shower/ bath work properly?
  • Does the building manager live on-site? Do the owners of the house live in the house or nearby?
  • Do you feel safe living there? Many apartments have security systems on the main door to keep people out who do not have permission to be there.

If possible, take a friend who is familiar with the area and renting procedures.

Non-University housing is available in the neighbourhoods surrounding Concordia University of Edmonton. Concordia University of Edmonton is situated in the Highlands neighbourhood, and is surrounded by the Coliseum, Clareview, Stadium and Downtown neighbourhoods.

One bedroom apartment rentals are in the range of $700 to $1000 and up, per unit, per month. A popular form of accommodation is a room or suite in a private house, often in the basement, where costs range upwards from $550 per month (for a single room with shared bathroom and cooking facilities).

Keep in mind that if you are willing to look beyond walking distance of Concordia University of Edmonton, you will find a greater selection of accommodation, and there are several areas of the city that have convenient access to campus by bus or subway (LRT). Maps of bus routes and LRT can be accessed online through the Edmonton Transit System.

Also note that sharing accommodation can be significantly less expensive than renting an apartment alone.

HELPFUL TIPS

  • If you are not able to see the accommodation in person, ask the landlord to provide you with pictures of the accommodation. It is best if it is a picture of each room.
  • Ask what the average bill for each of these is in the winter, and when it is likely to be most expensive.

You can find more information about rental law in Canada here: international.concordia.ab.ca/accommodation-tips-for-international-students/

To learn about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant in Canada, please visit www.landlordandtenant.org

For more information on how to find off-campus housing, please go to: https://concordia.ab.ca/international/international-students/resources/accommodations/