Here are Three Great Rental Options for Newcomers and International Students

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Rentals for Newcomers and Prepare for Canada now have three great options available for newcomers to Canada and international students to find rental housing in Canada.

Our mission at Prepare for Canada and Rentals for Newcomers is to help newcomers and international students better understand the Canadian housing market (renting and buying), know the latest news and trends and provide REAL solutions for your housing needs. 

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At Prepare For Canada and Rentals for Newcomers, we provide practical advice and tools to help make the immigration journey a smoother experience. Our goal is to:

  • Create housing solutions for newcomers and international students
  • Show newcomers the links between the housing market, the labour market, and community support services when choosing the right city to settle in. These insights can help newcomers and students better choose their landing location and take the right financial first steps.


Our unique and free housing solutions (; Rent Using a Real Estate Agent; and Home Sharing) are designed to help immigrants navigate in their search for their first rental home in Canada.

Here are the three FREE rental housing solutions that we currently offer renters:


         1 - Rentals for Newcomers (our helpful, newcomer-friendly FREE rental listings site)

Rentals for Newcomers is an excellent route to finding accommodation in Canada. It connects newcomers and international students directly with landlords who value them as tenants. 

Finding rental housing in Canada is a challenge for those arriving, with rent prices still rising and vacancy rates at all-time lows. Rentals for Newcomers also provides invaluable stories on renting in Canada, impressing Canadian landlords, avoiding rental scams, getting renters insurance, and so much more. 

Click here to register for Rentals for Newcomers for free. 



          2- Working with a Real Estate Agent (partnering with a realtor can give you a competitive edge in the search for a rental)

Why should newcomers consider working with a real estate agent (a realtor) to find a rental?

Demand, competition, expertise, and access to landlords are four obvious reasons (also, doing it yourself in a new country can create a lot of stress, delay, and wasted effort). 

With so many newcomers arriving in Canada, the competition for available rental accommodation continues to escalate. Real estate agents have the expertise that newcomers can use to get the kind of rental accommodation they want, where they want it, and when they want it. 

We've partnered with Souqh to make working with a realtor a great experience.

You can learn more about working with a realtor here. And it's FREE


        3 - Rooms for Newcomers (becoming a housemate and renting a room in a home is easy, safe and cheaper)

This Sparrow-Prepare for Canada initiative aims to provide immigrants and international students with accommodation sharing, another alternative to apartments, condos, or house renting.

Sparrow’s home-sharing platform and community match hosts with spare bedrooms with newcomers and international students seeking budget-friendly places to live. The company also sees its business as building social connections and increasing the quality of life for Canadians. You can find out more by clicking here.


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Steve Tustin is the Editor for Rentals for Newcomers and a contributing editor for Prepare for Canada. He is also the former managing editor of and a former senior editor at the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.

*Rentals for Newcomers used no AI-generated content in the writing of this story, and all sources are cited and credited where possible.

© Rentals for Newcomers 2024

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