Living in Vancouver

Living in Vancouver is a rewarding experience. However, rentals and accommodation can be difficult to secure. There are many options for students but be sure to go through a reputable housing management company to protect yourself from fraud or mistreatment from landlords. 

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Accommodation and Housing

Many international students at Ƶ choose to live in homestay for their first few months of living in Canada. 

,  and will help to place you with a homestay family depending on your interests and individual requirements. Homestay families are all carefully screened and selected to ensure the best possible experience.

 offers different locations and options for student housing.

Reputable placement services will help to provide quality housing, management, and placement for students looking to rent your own place. Here are a few reliable companies:

Be cautious when searching and remember to view the inside of a property before you sign a lease or pay any money. There are several other rights and responsibilities that you have as a tenant (renter). To learn more about these, visit the  website.


Crime happens everywhere. Thefts, pick-pocketing and small crimes occur from time to time. For your information, Vancouver Police Department has provided the following website with to stay safe in Vancouver. 


Getting around the Vancouver area is easy with our efficient public transportation system, known as . As part of your student fees, you have paid for a U-Pass, a transit discounted passes for post-secondary students which is loaded on a Compass Card (the image on the right) each month.

Your U-Pass provides unlimited access to bus, SeaBus, and SkyTrain services within the Vancouver area. To begin accessing the public transportation system, purchase a Compass Card at any SkyTrain station or and onto it.

Step-by-Step: How to load your U-Pass onto a Compass Card (download PDF)

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