Finding affordable housing that offers a great location with an array of amenities can be a challenging task for student tenants. To help these first-time apartment hunters out, we’ve compiled some of the best bargains in student housing for each province across Canada.
Please note that prices may have changed, as they were listed on each property’s website in December 2016.
British Columbia: GEC Burnaby Heights, Global Education City
Rent: $790/per month (shared room)
Nearby School: Simon Fraser University & BCIT
Description: The Burnaby and Vancouver rental markets are quite hot and finding affordable accommodations close to campus with many amenities can be difficult. GEC Burnaby Heights offers students relatively affordable options for higher-end brand new student housing suites close to SFU, BCIT and a variety of shopping. Best of all Wi-Fi, Netflix and all utilities come included, so no surprise bills! Additionally, each suite has in-unit laundry, which is a highly-coveted amenity for students.
Alberta: Holly Acres Apartments, CAPREIT
Rent: $433.33/per month per room (3 bedroom apartment, $1,300/month)
Nearby School: University of Calgary
Description: The Calgary rental market has cooled off, and in turn, there are some outstanding bargains available to students in a market that was once fiercely competitive for tenants. Holly Acres Apartments is minutes away from the University of Calgary campus and plenty of shopping. CAPREIT even periodically runs promotions where tenants don’t have to pay a security deposit, which is great for cash-strapped students.
Saskatchewan: Stonebridge Apartments, Boardwalk
Rent: $408/per month per room (3 bedroom apartment, starting at $1,224/month)
Nearby School: University of Saskatchewan
Description: There isn’t a whole lot in the way of student housing in Saskatoon, but Boardwalk offers some outstanding apartments and suites that are competitively priced for students. If students don't mind having a few roommates, they can secure a room for roughly $400/month! Each suite comes equipped with in-unit laundry and a dishwasher. They offer both six and twelve-month lease terms and the apartment also has an on-site fitness facility.
Manitoba: Briarwood, Royal Realty
Rent: $560/per room per month (2 bedroom apartment, starting at $1,120/month)
Nearby School: University of Manitoba
Description: Directly across the street from the University of Manitoba, the Briarwood is an excellent choice for students wishing to be close to campus, while still paying a modest rent. These renovated suites have a sleek and modern look with new cabinetry and counter tops and all stainless-steel kitchen appliances. Utilities are all-inclusive as well.
Ontario: 300 Georgian Suites, Varsity Properties
Rent: $544/month (townhouse) or $604/month (apartment)
Nearby School: Georgian College
Description: Right next door to Georgian College, 300 Georgian Drive offers luxurious but affordable suites that come equipped with all the essentials. Each bedroom is furnished with a double bed, desk, dresser, bedside table, desk chair and bedside lamp while each living room comes with a couch, coffee table and 42” TV. They provide an interactive 3D tour. These suites are guaranteed to impress, especially at such a modest price.
Quebec: Parc Cite, Campus Suites
Rent: $699/month (double)
Nearby School: McGill University & Concordia University
Description: Formerly a Quality Hotel, Campus Suites has revitalized this property, renovating each room into a state-of-the-art student housing suite. While this entry on the list is a little more expensive, the amenities and features included are what make it worth the price tag. Perhaps the best part of Parc Cite is that for any Tim Hortons order exceeding $7, they’ll deliver it right to your room! Parc Cite also has a unique gourmet food delivery service for students - Chef on Call. Each bedroom comes equipped with two double beds, two desks and chairs, a full bathroom, a flat-screen TV and a Roku streaming device.
Nova Scotia: Wellington Quad, Moore Student Suites
Rent: $531.66/per month per room (3 bedroom apartment, $1,595/month)
Nearby School: Dalhousie University & Saint Mary’s University
Description: Looking for affordable luxury and a great location in Halifax? Look no further! The Wellington Quad is just minutes away from both Dalhousie and Saint Mary’s University and nestled in the heart of Halifax. The apartment features a beautifully designed kitchen with stone countertops, hardwood floors throughout, in-unit laundry, stainless steel appliances and more.
Newfoundland: Regency Towers, Northview Apartment REIT
Rent: $497.50/per room per month (2 bedroom apartments starting at $995/month)
Nearby School: Memorial University
Description: Situated directly next to Quidi Vidi Lake, the Regency Towers are an ideal and affordable option for students. Regency Towers is pet-friendly and has a dog park nearby. The apartments are complete with stainless-steel appliances and equipped with keyless entry.
New Brunswick: Princess Place Apartments, Killam Properties
Rent: $447.50/per room per month (2 bedroom apartments starting at $895/month)
Nearby School: University of New Brunswick – Fredericton
Description: Just a few minute drive from UNB, the Princess Place Apartments are conveniently situated right next to the Saint John River. The apartment is a campus style building filled with many student renters and includes an on-site gym. All utilities are included (electricity, heat and hot water) along with free parking.
Prince Edward Island: Queen Street Apartments, Killam Properties
Rent: $395/per room per month (2 bedrooms, $790/month total)
Nearby School: University of Prince Edward Island
Description: Situated in proximity to both UPEI and the shopping district, The Queen Street Apartments are an extremely affordable and convenient living option for students. It’s practically impossible to find student accommodations in other provinces for less than $400 person! While this may not necessarily be purpose-built student housing, it’s an outstanding option for UPEI students.
*Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut were not included because there aren’t any formally recognized public or private universities in these provinces and limited student housing.
SEE ALSO: The Top Student Housing Communities in Canada: Province by Province
The Places4Students.com Team