HOUSING & COMMUNITY
Blanche Macdonald Centre's City Square Uptown campus is located only minutes away from central Downtown Vancouver where students can shop, dine, enjoy the nightlife, or visit one of Vancouver's many beaches and parklands. The Robson Downtown campus is located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. Everything our students could possibly want is only a short distance from the school. The school is accessible by several major bus routes and is approximately 45 minutes from the Vancouver Airport.
TOP 5 POPULAR CHOICES OF RENTAL AREAS:
5. South Cambie
It is important to note that the Downtown Eastside area is a developing and emerging neighbourhood. While rents may be lower here, the area around East Hastings and Main Street is not recommended for students.
HOMESTAYS AND ACCOMMODATIONS
Find accomodation from Blanche Macdonald students and graduates
We highly recommend that you begin your search for accomodation in Vancouver on the Blanche Macdonald Discussions page on Facebook. You will often find convenient housing options made available by current Blanche Macdonald students and recent graduates who are either looking for a roomate or are recommending reliable, available rooms for rent.
Suggested accomodation websites and services:
Also check out "Housing Maps" at www.housingmaps.com. The majority of listings for available apartments generally come up one month before the move in date.
Quick Tips on Rental Agreements:
When renting accommodations, the tenant in most cases has a written or verbal agreement with the landlord called a lease or tenancy agreement. It is highly recommended that this agreement is in writing and it should include the following information:
1. Your name and the name of the landlord
2. Address of the accommodation you want to rent
3. The start date of the tenancy
4. Amount of the rent and what is the due date
5. Amount of security deposit held by the landlord
Before renting any accommodation, make sure you understand the contract. Here are some questions that you can ask:
1. Who will be paying for the utilities such as water, cable, heat?
2. Is cable TV included in the rent?
3. Do you need to pay a damage deposit? If yes, how much?
4. Can I share the apartment with another person?
5. Are pets allowed?
6. Who will make the repairs in the unit?
7. Is the parking included?
8. What access do I have to the laundry facilities?
9. Who does the cleaning?
10. Will I be sharing cooking facilities?
Apartment rentals are regulated through the BC Residential Tenancy Office. Know your rights and responsibilities as a renter in Vancouver. For additional information, click here to contact the BC Residential Tenancy Office.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The information provided is provided for general information and is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to provide accurate and complete information however Pacifique Riche Enterprises Ltd. (doing business as Blanche Macdonald Centre (BMC) makes no warranty or representation as to the accuracy of the information provided. Some of the information provided may have been provided by independent third parties and should not be assumed to be approved or endorsed by BMC. BMC expressly disclaims all and any liability to anyone who acts in reliance on the information provided, whether the direct recipient of such information or not. Before acting in reliance on any information provided, you are strongly advised to contact BMC or such other person, organization or legal entity as you consider necessary or advisable to confirm that any information you are relying upon is current and accurate. BMC will not be responsible for any loss or damage arising to you as a result of any actions taken by you in reliance on the information contained herein or for any errors or omissions.