Toronto - Cheapest places to stay for a few months
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Jan 26, 2013 9:08 AM Last Post By: thoughtful_beaver
Jan 23, 2013 1:35 PM
Toronto - Cheapest places to stay for a few monthsWhere is the best place to look for cheap accommodation, reasonably will located in terms of getting around the city.
I will be there looking for work, Possibly in town for a few months or more depending on work. I can check on the usual hostel sites for cheap youth hostels, but does anyone know of places that do good long stay deals? Alternatively, what is the usual way that people find cheap accommodation in Toronto?
In New Zealand I would look at web sites like trade me, in the uk gumtree... is there a Canadian equivelant?
What sort of prices should I expect?
Jan 23, 2013 2:16 PM
Jan 23, 2013 6:15 PM
2No point getting accommodation until you have secured employment. Toronto is a huge area and you don't want to have a job in one extreme end and then live in the other extreme end.
For work, assuming you are legally allowed to work check " The Star " newspaper as well as for accommodation.
Forget Craigslist and Kijiji!!!
Jan 23, 2013 6:18 PM
3Cheap and short-term accommodation do not go together. That is, furnished short-term apartments are geared toward business travelers and they charge a fortune. Renting an apartment can be tough because leases are usually for one year and the cheaper ones come unfurnished. Sometimes you can find a "sublet," which is taking over someone's apartment for a few months; you pay them and they pay the landlord. You might find this with students who go on exchanges for a semester. If you are coming in May then you might be able to take over a student's apartment or room as many might leave the city for the summer.
As said, most people find accommodation through Craigslist and newspapers. The University websites often have apartment boards (Google: University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University, George Brown College, Seneca College, Humber College.) When I was possibly relocating to Toronto, I perused Craigslist and Kijiji and I wasn't impressed with what I saw; not many options in centrally located and desirable neighbourhoods...and many basements, which is what you might be stuck with if trying to go as cheap as possible.
One option is to arrive and stay at a hostel at first and then pick some neighbourhoods that interest you and then walk or bike the streets looking for "For Rent" signs. Often that's the best way. Demand is so high that a landlord can throw up a sign and he/she will be flooded with inquiries. Good luck!
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Jan 24, 2013 4:12 AM
10Yes, Toronto is expensive! Well, Canada in general. Note on some terminology. In the US and Canada we use suburbs to refer to areas on the fringe of the core city that are often mostly residential with poor transit service. As I understand in Australia and I assume it's the same in New Zealand, suburbs can refer to more centrally located neighbourhoods. Unless you want a quiet, car-based life then I'd avoid looking in the suburbs (anything with a 905 area code, anything north of Hwy 401, and Scarborough) even though rent may be cheaper.
Jan 24, 2013 11:27 AM
11There is decent public transit in all the GTA (outlying areas of Toronto) with GO train service downtown.
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Jan 25, 2013 4:16 AM
14Yeah, $650 for a room in a shared house would be expensive for Toronto. Think $100/month in utilities, more in the winter, if the place has electric heating. Internet about $50/month. So all of that is split four ways...
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