Canada is the country where the majority of immigrants go to study. To be eligible to study in Canada, the applying candidate has to first receive an acceptance letter for a Designated Learning Institute which can either be a college or a university. Once the candidate has received the acceptance letter, they can subsequently apply for a study permit.
For students who have been accepted in a university or a college and have received their study permits, have to select their housing option. The cost of housing varies depending upon the type, city, area and the province the student is located in.
Types of housing available in Canada:
1. On-campus housing-
This type of housing is generally located on the campus or very near the campus of the university. In the On-campus housing, students have to share their rooms/dorms with other students and can help students in making new friends and give them the benefit of staying so close to the campus. Some institutes even provide meals to students for a negligible cost which can help students who are living alone for the first time. The dorm rooms are maintained by the institute and come equipped with all necessary amenities such as heating systems, running water, furniture, and storage space.
2. Private housing-
Students who do not prefer to stay with other unknown students as is the case with on-campus housing, choose the alternative private housing option. Private housing refers to renting private accommodations in an area of your choice. Most international students prefer this option as they can rent a place where they can get separate rooms with common areas such as hall, bathroom, and kitchen and share it with their friends or relatives who are living in the same area/city. This type of housing provides privacy but does not provide any pre-available furniture or amenities but still cost lower than on-campus housing. Students need to get their own furniture, Wi-Fi connection, heating system, and electricity.
Some universities and colleges have arrangements with local families who are willing to host students in their houses. This can be a great way for an international student to learn about the local culture and can help them settle in their new environment. Students are provided with a room and 3 square meals per day by the host family.
As each housing option has its own pros and cons, international students are advised to research and select their housing options based on their personal preferences, requirements, and budget.