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Vancouver is a prominent coastal city in British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province. The city has continuously been regarded as one of the world's most liveable cities due to its gorgeous landscape, multicultural culture, great job rate, low crime rates, and student-friendly resources. The University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University Canada West, and Langara College are among the top-ranked universities in Vancouver that are popular with overseas students. Because students from all over the world travel to Vancouver to further their education, student accommodation in Vancouver is accessible in a range of styles that provide students with both affordability and convenience.

In QS World University Rankings' Best Student Cities for 2017, Vancouver was placed sixth in terms of students and overall desirability. It is no surprise then that locating accommodation for international students in Vancouver near their universities is easy. There are multiple residences that are fully furnished and stacked with facilities and amenities keeping students’ convenience in mind. Students can explore and choose from a host of housing options in Vancouver including studios, ensuites, flats, shared apartments, and more. 
 

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Student Accommodation Vancouver

Many students from all over the world move to Vancouver each year to pursue their higher education. Some of the most prestigious and well-known universities are located in the city, and the majority of them offer students the option of living on campus in the residence halls. However,  there is an issue with the ease of availability of these rooms since they tend to fill up fast and these university dorms are more expensive. There are various off-campus Vancouver rentals for students that are close to the institutions and reasonably priced to make it easier for international students.

Student accommodation in Vancouver comes in a variety of styles, with some located near the city centre giving students access to everything they need and with a few others conveniently placed near the public transit network system. Keeping the students’ comfort & convenience in mind, UniAcco offers student housing in Vancouver - each tailored to their tastes, preferences and budget. These housing options include everything from opulent, fully equipped properties to cost-effective, modest apartments. These are some of the best on the market for students, with completely furnished rooms that are stacked with features and facilities. Some of the top housing options at UniAcco include - Beatrice St, W 42nd Ave, Richards St, E 58th Ave, Granville St, and more.

 

About Vancouver

Vancouver is the largest city on Canada's West Coast, located amid stunning natural surroundings. There will never be a dull moment in this city, with a British history looming in its corners, an East Asian feel, and a diverse blend of nations. According to the New York Times, Vancouver is "the Manhattan with mountains.  It's a liquid city, a tomorrow city, equal parts India, China, England, France, and the Pacific Northwest. It's the cool North American sibling." Top universities and colleges in this city provide programmes that combine theory and practice. The city is recognised as a programming hotspot and is ideal for students who are interested in information technology.

Vancouver welcomes overseas students from all around the world. Around 10,000 international students study at the city's institutions. It is proud of its diverse population, making it one of the most hospitable places for students wishing to study abroad. It is easy to find excellent student accommodation in Vancouver located near its top universities.

 

Student Housing Vancouver

Finding cheap accommodation in Vancouver for students may seem daunting or overwhelming at first. However, with several housing options available right near the university, it has become easier today to find their ideal student accommodation in Vancouver. Students may pick from a range of room options based on their budget and location, including student studios, student flats, shared and en-suite apartments, and student apartments. All of these units are completely furnished and have cutting-edge facilities such as a common area, gaming zone, study room, card-operated laundry, pool table, television, bike storage, and more.

Students can pick their choice of Vancouver accommodation at UniAcco with rooms starting from as little as CAD 500 and going up to CAD 1300 per month. All utility bills are included in the rent and students even have the option of using the ‘Compare’ feature in order to compare up to 4 properties at once and make their housing choice accordingly. Along with housing expenses, there are many more factors that impact a student’s cost of living, however, rent happens to take up a large portion of the amount. It is therefore important to choose the right student accommodation in Vancouver that suits both preferences & budget.
 

Best Places To Stay In Vancouver

Mesmerising beaches, breathtaking parks, low crime rates, unique architecture, public healthcare system, and more are a few of the factors that attract students from all over the world. There are several student-friendly areas that offer houses for rent in Vancouver for international students. Students can either opt to live in the city centre, near their universities or in more affordable areas that are well-connected to public transportation. Some of the most popular areas in Vancouver include -

  • Downtown: Students in Downtown, Vancouver are only minutes away from the main retail sector (Robson Street and Pacific Centre Mall), the commercial district, and Granville Street's entertainment zone. The Seawall and Stanley Park are also nearby. Rent in Downtown, Vancouver varies depending on the exact location. Popular places to rent student accommodation in Vancouver in the Downtown area include -
  • West End
  •  Yaletown
  • Gastown
  • Coal Harbour
  • Kitsilano: Kitsilano ("Kits") on Vancouver's West Side is home to many young families and students. It is bordered by two of Vancouver's most well-known beaches, Kits Beach and Jericho Beach. It also offers stunning views of Downtown and the North Shore mountains. There are also yoga studios, organic stores, cafés, and Vancouver's Greektown in Kitsilano. Rent is pricey in the Kits Beach area, but costs drop dramatically as you travel west towards UBC.
  • East Vancouver: East Vancouver, sometimes known as "East Van," comprises the neighbourhood east of Main Street. This area is full of diverse Vancouver residences with affordable rents. This region of Vancouver has far more cheap student housing than the Downtown core.
  • Mainstreet: This area begins in Gastown, and extends south via Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside. It is a fashion, art, and design centre, as well as a diversified and reasonably priced location for supermarkets, restaurants, and cafés. Local artists and designers flock to this site in Vancouver.

 

Cost Of Living In Vancouver

Vancouver has been ranked one of the world's most livable cities. It is one of the greatest places in Canada to live and work in, although it may be pricey if students do not budget well. Students should be aware, however, that many activities are free, and there are amazing offers everywhere, making living and working in Vancouver an excellent combination of work and recreation. Most students rent a room, share it with friends, and split the payments! That is the most common way for students in Vancouver to manage their rent costs in Canada. Leaving aside the cost of student accommodation in Vancouver, here is a list of monthly costs that students in Vancouver might anticipate -

Particulars

Cost (monthly)

Off-Campus Accommodation 

CAD 952

On-Campus Accommodation

CAD 1,067

Transportation

CAD 66

Food Cost

CAD 649

Utility Cost

CAD 113

Entertainment

CAD 56

Groceries

CAD 99

Clothes

CAD 87

Health Insurance

CAD 75

Total Cost of Living with Off Campus Accommodation 

CAD 2,097

Total Cost of Living with On Campus Accommodation 

CAD 2,212

Annual Cost of Living

CAD 26,544

 

Vancouver Transportation

Public transport in Vancouver is easily available & accessible, safe, clean, and most importantly easy to navigate. Upon arriving at YVR airport, it is recommended that students get a Compass Card. Additionally, a monthly pass that will cost anywhere between CAD 98 to CAD 177 would be of great use to students. Due to the multiple transport options available, it is easy to commute to and from the student accommodation in Vancouver. Vancouver’s modes of transport are all operated by TransLink Metro Vancouver’s regional transportation authority. Some of the most frequently used means of transport in the city by students are -

  • Sky Train
  • Translink Bus
  • SeaBus
  • West Coast Express Train Service

 

Vancouver Attractions

With futuristic museums tucked next to classic neighbourhoods and mountains as far as the eye can view, Vancouver's top attractions are shaped by its history as much as its future. Parks, beaches, restaurants, bars, and spas abound, here is a list of Vancouver's top attractions that we believe students should see -

  • Stanley Park: This must-see park spans 1,000 acres and includes beaches, an aquarium, playgrounds, a pool and splash park, botanical gardens, a golf course, 17 tennis courts, and much more.
  • Granville Island: This old waterfront industrial site (technically a peninsula rather than an island) was renovated in the 1970s and now has a public market, food stores, restaurants, artist studios and galleries, retail, and appealing green space.
  • Grouse Mountain: As the peak of Vancouver, this mountain is a centre for outdoor activities all year long. Whether students are interested in hiking or ziplining in the summers or ice skating and snowshoeing in the winters, there are plenty of activities to pick up at this Grouse Mountain.
  • Pacific Arts Market: This market comprises a 2,500-square-foot gallery space that features art, jewellery, and other handmade crafts from over 40 artists in and around Vancouver and British Columbia.
  • Richmond Night Market: The concept of night markets may be something new and exciting for international students. Richmond Night Market is open on weekends and holiday evenings from May to October and is regarded as the largest night market in North America.