Posted on August 1, 2017
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Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario, is a major Canadian city. It is also home to the prestigious University of Toronto and York University. 1-Q959y5WN3oLXkWalRxsGFA Public Transport: The backbone of the TTC is a basic subway system with two main lines, running along principal streets and connecting Toronto’s outlying areas with its downtown core. The rest of the city is primarily served by a network of about 150 bus routes, many of them forming a grid along main streets, and almost all of them connecting to one or more subway stations. Inter-regional commuter rail and bus service is provided by GO Transit. GO trains and buses connect the city to the rest of the Greater Toronto Area.

Weather: Toronto has a semi-continental climate, with a warm, humid summer and a cold winter. Although Toronto is one of Canada’s warmer cities in winter, winters are still severe, with snow on the ground most days between mid-December and mid-March. January is Toronto’s coldest month with an average temperature of -4.2 Celsius . The temperature rises significantly in April and May to reach its peak in July, when the average temperature is 22.2 C.

Safety: Toronto is named the safest city in North America and the eighth safest in the world. Toronto is overall a safe city, especially considering its size, but you may want to avoid the following areas: Jane & Finch area, St. Jamestown, Regent Park & Moss Park, Cabbagetown (after dark), Kipling & Albion area, Neilson & Finch, and the Malvern area.

Following are some localities that student prefer while searching for accommodation. These areas are relatively near to the universities and safe too:

  • The Annex
  • Dufferin Grove
  • Kingsview Village
  • Clairville
  • Morningside
  • Bendale
  • York University Heights
  • Bathurst Manor

Housing Options

There are various options to consider in respect to student accommodation (both on-campus and off-campus). Following are some of the most prevalent housing options that are available to students looking for housing:

University Residence Halls: Hostels or Dormitories that are managed by the University. These options are provide expedient access to the amenities rendered by the college on its campus.

Private Student Rooming: This kind of accommodation is off campus. Most students share rooms in this scenario. There are many configurations available. You can also find studio apartments — These kinds of apartments typically consist of one large room which serves as the living, dining, and bedroom. Kitchen facilities may either be located in the central room, or in a small separate room, and the bathroom is usually in its own smaller room.

Home Stay Accommodation: Under age students who are not eligible to live alone opt for this kind of housing. They stay with a family. These accommodations are in close proximity to the campus grounds.

Generally on-campus accommodations are limited in number and also relatively expensive as compared to off-campus accommodations and also have restrictions in place. Most international students applying for higher studies opt for off-campus accommodation to save extra Rental Costs as this is a major part of the total living expense.

Student housing options with furnishing are usually a little expensive than their unfurnished counterparts. Hence it is suggested that you opt for an unfurnished apartment and rent or free-cycle the furniture as per your needs. Renting furniture costs can go upto CA$100 to CA$300 per month. You can rent furniture via these services — Executive Furniture_, _Rent Wow Furniture Rental

Security is an important aspect of choosing an accommodation. Some housing societies provide additional security by gating its premises and prohibiting entry to outsiders. Automatic burglar alarms are also an additional feature you can look for safety.

Guidelines to Choose a Roommate:

Ask yourself these questions while deciding on your roommate:

  • Do they have a reliable source of income to pay rent and utility bills?
  • Do they have pets?
  • Can you trust them to be around your personal belongings?
  • Are they willing to sign a lease and abide by the terms and conditions?
  • How do you plan to split up home responsibilities?
  • Who will they have over as guests?

Usually, room sharing is closed over Whatsapp groups or social media.

Amenities to Look for

  • Apartment Amenities: Wifi, Microwave, Heater, Refrigerator, Storage, Washer, Dryer, Fireplace. These amenities are basic needs and it is strongly suggested that you look for an accommodations that fulfil the basic appliances and services.
  • Community Amenities: BBQ,Swimming pool, Fitness Centre, Study Area, Garage, Courtyard, Bike Storage, Public Transportation, Laundry, Pet Policy

Common Issues

  • Bed Bugs — These are common. To prevent bed bugs you can avoid using used/old mattresses.
  • Commuting — Here’s a link to sort you out in Toronto.
  • Language or cross cultural barriers — Certain accommodations provide single community housing.

Leasing Terms

Deposit: Is a security fee that is paid to the landlord in terms of a fixed amount of money. Deposit is refundable at the end of your stay tenure. Average amount for deposits is CA$50 to CA$300 (or in some cases one month’s rent).

Application Fee: A fixed amount ranging from CA$25 per person to CA$75 per person. This is a non-refundable amount even if you have paid it already and then cancelled the booking.

Pet Charges: Varies from apartment to apartment. Can range from CA$10 to CA$20 per month per pet.

Lease Duration: In formal leasing agreements, rental periods typically break down accordingly:

  • One-year lease
  • Six-month lease
  • Three-month lease
  • Month-to-month lease

Usually a longer leasing period will significantly drop your monthly rent amount. Abandoning a lease can mean serious financial and legal consequences.

Agreement Document Requirements: Following are the documents required to process the rental agreement:

  • College Admit(mandatory)
  • Passport (mandatory)
  • Visa (mandatory)

The agreement needs to be attested (digitally signed or hand-signed soft copy) along with the verification documents for each of the boarders mentioned on the lease agreement.

Rent and Utility Pricing

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