Accommodation for Immigrants

Accommodation for immigrants

Accommodation in Canada has proven to be a difficult issue for newcomers and is an essential part of survival in Canada. Having where to call home will ease the burden of having to get acclimatized to the environment.

As soon as you know that you will be coming to Canada for whatever reason you have to get your accommodation sorted out and decide on where you will be staying. The sooner the better.

However, this may feel a bit overwhelming at first but there are guides in place to put you through and ease the stress of going through it alone.

Accommodation for New Immigrants in Canada is necessarily one of the first questions students and workers have upon landing in Canada.

This is true since accommodation is a basic need that comes first before many other things you will need in your first few weeks of arriving in Canada.

In order not to be stranded, it is best to have these things sorted out, or at least have an idea of how accommodation processes work before landing in the country.

You should have begun to make provisions for your accommodation before you travel over to Canada. If at all you don’t have any apartment fixed yet, have a list of organizations offering temporary accommodation for newcomers handy or have a list of hotels you will prefer to stay in whenever you finally arrive.

Waiting till the last minute to sort out your accommodation can put undue pressure on you and can make you spend more than expected or even fall into the hands of dubious agents if you are unsuspecting enough.

Temporary Accommodation

Probably your visa came sooner than expected or for any other reason, you have not gotten an apartment yet, temporary accommodations can be your life saver while you seek a permanent one. As expected, most temporary accommodations have not been fully furnished for comfort, especially when they come at a low rate.

However, they will serve the purpose of granting you a roof over your end until you find what suits you best for an apartment. You may not have a permanent place to stay before your big move, and that’s okay. If you are not staying with friends or family, you will want to find temporary housing that will allow you to get to know the city while you look for a permanent place to stay.

There are a number of short-term accommodation options including hotels, hostels, Airbnb, sublets, and short-term apartment rental. Make sure to read any reviews available, confirm what the rental price includes (heat, electricity, etc.) and that transportation will be accessible to you.

Most hotels and hostels have a website with:

  • price
  • location
  • photographs
  • the services they offer

You can also find reviews from:

  • forums
  • travel guides
  • other websites

Getting Accommodation

When seeking accommodation there are things to consider and important questions you will need to ask to avoid falling into dubious organizations. Questions like where you should look out for an apartment in Canada? Who should you talk to? While you are still in a temporary lodge, you can begin an active search for a house or a room by checking around for ‘to let’ signs in your neighborhood.

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