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Navigating the housing market checklist
Arrive two weeks to a month before classes begin to arrange your off-campus housing.
Book temporary accommodation
Be sure to book temporary accommodation before you arrive so you have a place to stay while searching for permanent housing. The start of semester is a busy time around campus and the city, so try to make these arrangements well in advance. Good options include staying with family or booking a hotel, hostel, or an AirBnB.
Visit the accommodation
Visit the accommodation in-person to meet the landlord and any potential roommates before committing to the property.
Trust your instincts. If something feels off – such as the landlord will only communicate via email, they’re not willing to let you view the apartment before paying a deposit, or the place just seems to good to be true – it probably is.
Know your commute
Make sure you know what your commute to campus looks like – can you walk, or do you need to take public transport?
You need to purchase content or tenant insurance. It helps to address any lost property or expenses if your belongings are lost or damaged.
If you bought insurance before coming to Canada, check your policy to see if content insurance is included. We recommend you obtain a few estimates before selecting a contents insurance coverage provider.
Before you move in to your accommodation, you and your landlord need to agree to the terms of your rental agreement in a contract. This contract is called a rental agreement. A written agreement is strongly encouraged.
There are laws in Alberta that specifically relate to landlords and tenants. Make sure that you know what your obligations are as a renter, and what is allowed of your landlord. Learn more.
Understanding your utility bills
When you are renting an off-campus accommodation, the cost of utilities (electricity, heat, water, etc.) may or may not be included in the rent.
The link below explains utility bills and helps you understand how the system works. The guide is published in six languages: English, Tigrinya, Arabic, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese (Simplified and Traditional Chinese).
Types of rental accommodation in Calgary
What area of Calgary should I live in?
Neighbourhoods in Calgary are designated by which quadrant of the city they are in. UCalgary is in the NW quadrant of the city – meaning that you likely want to avoid neighbourhoods in the deep south, unless you want a long commute.
Some of the closest neighbourhoods, where lots of students tend to live include:
- Capitol Hill
Picking an area depends on what’s available, as well as your lifestyle and whether you want to live downtown or closer to campus.
When looking at housing, remember to consider Calgary weather! While a 20-minute walk to campus is great in the summer, it’s a little less enjoyable in the middle of winter. Ideally you want somewhere that is easily transit accessible – the CTrain can be more reliable than buses in winter and gives you more opportunity to explore what Calgary has to offer.
Where should I look for off-campus housing?
The following websites have rental listings:
- Point2 Homes
- Students' Union Off-Campus Housing List - this free online tool has listings that are updated every night.