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Living in Metro Vancouver

If you are new to Canada and Metro Vancouver, you will have to find a place to live. While KPU does not have on-campus student residences, there are many great housing options in Metro Vancouver, including homestay, student accommodations, and more. 

Reminder! All travellers to Canada are currently required by law to:

  1. Stay for three nights at a Government of Canada approved hotel upon arrival in Canada
  2. Self-isolate and complete the rest of the 14-day quarantine

 Please read the sections on COVID-19 Mandatory Hotel Stopover and Quarantine Accommodations below, and visit the Information for International Students Travelling to Canada webpage for more information on travelling to Canada. 

COVID-19 Mandatory Hotel Stopover

The Government of Canada recently announced new measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in Canada, including a mandatory 3-night stay at a Government of Canada approved hotel upon arrival in Canada. 

Unless exempt, travellers are required to:

  • Reserve a government-authorized hotel for 3 nights prior to departure to Canada
    • Book your hotel here and see FAQ here
    • Not every room in the hotel is a government-authorized accommodation (GAA). Please ensure that your booking confirmation indicates that your room is GAA.
    • Travellers must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for their accommodation through ArriveCAN
  • Take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival in Canada.
  • Stay in the government-authorized hotel while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 molecular test taken on arrival
  • Pay for the cost of the hotel stay, as well as all associated costs for:
    • Food
    • Security
    • Transportation
    • Infection prevention and control measures
  • Follow all traveller expectations during hotel stay
  • Take another COVID-19 test toward the end of your 14-day quarantine
    • You will be provided with an at-home COVID-19 test kit and instructions before leaving the airport

Exemptions
Exemptions from the hotel stopover are listed on the Government of Canada website. Travellers are exempt from the 3-night hotel stay if they meet any of the criteria listed on the linked webpage.


Government of Canada: COVID-19 Mandatory Hotel Stay
COVID-19 mandatory hotel stopover: Booking and list of government-authorized hotels
COVID-19 mandatory hotel stopover: Traveller expectations during hotel stay

Quarantine Accommodations

After your stopover in a government-authorized hotel, you will have to spend the remainder of your 14-day quarantine in your own suitable place of quarantine. A suitable place of quarantine is one where you: 

  • Can stay for 14 days or possibly longer
  • Have access to the necessities of life without leaving that place 
    • Food, water, washing facilities, etc.
  • Can avoid contact with others who did not travel with you
  • Have no visits from family or guests

There are more guidelines on the travel.gc.ca website. You must read through the following pages for full details:

If you do not have a safe place to quarantine, we recommend selecting an option from the all-inclusive isolation packages or hotel isolation packages below. Or, you can check out the Homestay, Student Accommodations, and Rental sections for more information about those options and a list of providers. 

Study Safe Corridor TRAVEL SAFE
Rate: $1,404.55 - $1,872.05 for 11 days
Location: Varies
Meals: 3 meals provided per day 
In partnership with The Student Travels and Maritime Travel, Languages Canada has created a convenient, all-inclusive, and worry-free Safe Arrival and Quarantine package for international students that includes:

  • 11-night quarantine hotel stay at discounted rates 
  • Canadian phone number and SIM card for your mobile device for 1 month, including 5GB of data, unlimited Canada-wide calling, and unlimited international text and picture messaging
  • 3 meals per day delivered to your hotel room for the duration of your quarantine stay
  • Private, COVID-safe transportation from the airport to your hotel
  • 4-week guard.me health insurance plan with COVID-19 coverage
  • Mental wellness counselling services during quarantine through Keep.me SAFE by guard.me
  • Book here (for booking demo, watch this video). You can also learn more about TRAVEL SAFE in this User Guide

Canada Homestay Network (CHN) Safe Arrival)
Rate: Varies
Location: Varies (hotel or homestay options)
Meals: 3 meals provided per day 
In collaboration with the Canadian Association for Public Schools - International and Languages Canada, CHN has developed full service quarantine accommodation options for international students. 

  • 11-night stay with a host family or at a hotel (CHN discount code will be provided)
  • 24/7 emergency support 
  • Emotional support available through counselling with keep.me SAFE by guard.me. 
  • Virtual programming activities during the quarantine period with other CHN students
  • Learn more here or visit the CHN website here

Hotels - Richmond

Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport
Rate: $129+tax per night for minimum 14-night stay
Location: 3071 St Edwards Drive, Richmond
Meals: Rooms include $200 in-room dining credit, complimentary daily bottled water, and mini-fridges. Electric kettles also available upon request
Stay also includes: complimentary transportation (taxi voucher) from YVR airport (one way),  contactless check-in with mobile check-in, 5 free pay-per-view movie credits, 24/7 on-site security, complimentary access to PressReader which includes your choice of newspapers and magazines from a catalogue of thousands, complimentary internet access in guestoom, and complimentary local calls. Book directly at this link.

Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Rate: Inquire with hotel 
Location: 5911 Minoru Blvd, Richmond
Meals: Available at additional cost 
Contact Andy Lee at yvrah-salesadm@hilton.com or visit website to book. 

Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel
Rate: Inquire with hotel 
Location: 7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Meals: Available at additional cost 
Contact Karen Caporale at reservations@vancouver-marriott.com or visit website to book. 

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Rate: Inquire with hotel 
Location: 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Meals: Available at additional cost 
Contact Karen Caporale at reservations@sheratonvancouverairport.com or visit website to book. 

Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport 
Rate: Inquire with hotel 
Location: 7311 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Meals: Available at additional cost 
Contact Maswood Schah at dos.richmond@executivehotels.net or visit website to book.

Travelodge Hotel by Wyndham Vancouver Airport
Rate: Inquire with hotel
Location: 3071 St Edwards Drive, Richmond
Meals: No
Call 604-278-5155 or visit website to book.

Hotels - Vancouver

Carmana Plaza
Rate: $115+tax per night for minimum 14-night stay
Location: 1128 Alberni St, Vancouver
Meals: No, but Urban Fare (grocery store across the street) can do delivery service
Email Kari Wang at info@carmanaplaza.com and indicate that you are with KPU to receive the promotional rate. 

Executive Hotel Le Soleil
Rate: From $1,200 for 2 weeks
Location: 567 Hornby St, Vancouver
Meals: Available at additional cost
Email reservations@hotellesoleil.com or visit website to book.

Century Plaza
Rate: From $127 per night
Location: 1015 Burrard St, Vancouver
Meals: No
Email reserve@century-plaza.com or visit website to book the special 14-day extended stay rate.

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Rate: $139+tax per night for minimum 14-night stay
Location: 1000 Burrard St, Vancouver
Meals: Rooms include $200 in-room dining credit, complimentary daily bottled water, and mini-fridges. Electric kettles also available upon request
Stay also includes: complimentary transportation (taxi voucher) from YVR airport (one way),  contactless check-in with mobile check-in, 5 free pay-per-view movie credits, 24/7 on-site security, complimentary access to PressReader which includes your choice of newspapers and magazines from a catalogue of thousands, complimentary internet access in guestoom, and complimentary local calls. Book directly at this link.

Hotels - Surrey

Civic Hotel Autograph Collection by Marriott
Rate: $105 per night
Location: 13475 Central Ave, Surrey (2 minute walk to Skytrain station)
Meals: In-room service available at additional cost. Mini fridge also available upon request. 
Email Jillian Elijah at jillian.elijah@civichotel.ca and mention KPU to book. Or, book online at civichotel.ca using promo code LTS. $65 flat rate for transportation from YVR to hotel also available. Contact Jillian to arrange.  

Homestay

Homestay programs allow students to live in a Canadian home as a member of the family. Students share meals with their hosts, participate in family activities and conversations, and establish friendships with people who can help make the adjustment to new surroundings much easier. Homestay programs often provide custodianship services for minor students as well. If this housing option appeals to you, below are some homestay agencies that can help you find a host family.

Canada Homestay Network (CHN)
Canada Homestay Network (CHN) is a not-for-profit society dedicated to intercultural exchange through homestay. CHN offers the highest standards for homestay accommodations with carefully screened host families and unlimited student support. CHN also offers custodianship, optional airport transfers, and 24/7 assistance.
Contact Email: help@canadahomestaynetwork.ca
Website: www.canadahomestaynetwork.ca/for-students
Approximate Costs: CAD $1,050 for 4 weeks, 2 meals/day (private room)
Quarantine Package? Yes; see canadahomestaynetwork.ca/safearrival

Cypress Homestay
Cypress Homestay offers students the opportunity to experience Canadian lifestyle and culture. Students' preferences are taken into account when matching students with host families in order to ensure a great fit. Cypress is committed to ensuring student comfort, and provides local and personalized support. 
Contact Email: adm@cypressaccommodations.com
Website: www.cypressaccommodations.com
Approximate Costs: CAD $900 plus placement fee $155 for 4 weeks, 2 meals/day (private room) / CAD $820 plus placement fee $155 for 4 weeks, 2 meals/day (shared room)
Quarantine Package? Yes. Please contact Cypress Homestay for more information. The package includes 4 weeks of accommodation (single bedroom/full board) at a cost of approximately $960 + 155 placement fee.

First Choice International Placement Inc
First Choice International Placement Inc. is pleased to be the preferred provider of monitored custodial guardianship, homestay placement, and airport transportation services for minor-aged post-secondary students throughout Metro Vancouver and surrounding areas.
Contact Email: info@myfci.ca
Website: www.myfci.ca
Approximate Costs: CAD $1,315 for 4 weeks with full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) in a private room
Quarantine Package? Yes. Fees are the same as above. Please contact First Choice International Placement Inc for more information. 

Harmony Homestay
Harmony Homestay has a diverse database of homestay families to be able to provide a variety of options when choosing a homestay family. We work to provide the best possible match for each placement. The more information we have at the outset, the faster and more accurate the matching will be.
Contact Email: info@harmonyhomestay.com
Website: www.harmonyhomestay.com
Approximate Costs: CAD $950 for one month in a private room, including 3 meals per day
Quarantine Package? Yes. Please contact Harmony Homestay for more information.

Homadorma
Homadorma operates the largest online homestay network in Canada. Students have the flexibility to compare and choose the most suitable homestay for their needs in Vancouver. 
Contact Email: service@homadorma.com
Website: www.homadorma.com
Approximate Costs: Varies, but typically costs between CAD $700-$1200 per month. 
Quarantine Package? Yes. Please contact service@homadorma.com to learn more. 

Student Accommodations

While KPU does not have student housing, many companies in Metro Vancouver offer off-campus student accommodations. This is a great option for you if you’d like to meet students from other schools, experience living in a community with other students, and expand your network in Canada beyond your KPU connections. Some popular student accommodations are listed below: 

CASA Toronto/Vancouver
CASA Toronto/Vancouver fills the international student's demand for better accommodation services. CASA offers three distinct, high quality, and well-priced student living experiences (homestay, shared accommodation, and suites). 
Contact Email: marketing@casa-toronto.com
Website: www.casa-toronto.com/vancouver/
Approximate Costs: CAD $940 for 4 weeks, 2 meals a day (private room), or CAD $920 for 4 weeks, 2 meals a day (shared room)
Quarantine Package? Yes. Click here for more information.

Cypress Accommodations
Cypress Accommodations operates numerous studetnt residences in Vancouver and the surrounding areas. 
Contact Email: adm@cypressaccommodations.com
Website: www.cypressaccommodations.com
Approximate Costs: CAD $855 + damage deposit $200 for 2 weeks in a private bedroom (shared bathroom) or CAD $955 + damage deposit $200 for 2 weeks in a private bedroom (private bathroom)
Quarantine Package? Yes. Contact Cypress Accommodations for more information.

GEC Living
GEC is the largest off-campus student community in Vancouver, providing fully furnished suites, all-inclusive amenities, and flexible leasing at convenient locations. Accommodations at GEC include utilities, laundry, WiFi, on-site management, social events, and so much more. GEC connects you with your classes, your friends, and everything Vancouver has to offer.
Contact Email: reservations@gecliving.com
Website: www.gecliving.com
Approximate Costs: from CAD $1,000 to $2,400 per month (meal options available)
Quarantine Package? Yes. Please contact reservations@gecliving.com for more information.

Rentals

Many students choose to rent privately for the flexibility and independence. As it can be difficult to secure a good rental while abroad, we recommend that you stay at a homestay, student residence, or short-term accommodation (such as a hotel or AirBnB) for your first month in Canada. This way, you can take your time to go see any potential rentals in person before making any decisions. 

Where to Find Rentals

In Metro Vancouver, most people find rentals by searching online. The most popular websites for rentals are:

  • Craigslist
  • Kijiji
  • Facebook Marketplace (accessible through your Facebook account)

Before conducting your search, be sure to check out the section Watch Out for Scams.  

Questions to Consider When Renting

Many different rental options are available in Metro Vancouver. What you choose will depend on your budget and needs. Some important things to consider are:

  • Will you be close to your main KPU campus? If not, will it be easy to get to campus by public transportation? Some individuals are OK with a long commute for cheaper rent. Others may prefer to pay more for convenience, or to live closer to city centre. You can estimate the distance using Google Maps.
  • Is your rental furnished? If it is unfurnished, you will need to procure your own furnishings (bed, drawers, desks, chairs, etc.) 
  • What amenities are close to your rental? Are there things like grocery stores, restaurants, community centres, and parks near your rental? You’ll have to decide what’s important to you—for example, if you don’t have a car, you may find it more convenient to live within walking distance of a grocery store. 
  • Would you live with roommates? It can be a great way to save money and make friends, but it can also be a challenge to share space with other people. It will be up to you to decide if a shared housing situation is right for you.

Average Cost of Renting in Metro Vancouver

Housing in Metro Vancouver is generally expensive, but rates will vary depending on where your rental is located, how big the rental is, and what amenities may be nearby. For example, it will typically cost more to rent in Vancouver than in Surrey.
Here are some rental averages from 2017 to give you an idea of what to expect. Keep in mind, these are averages only. 

Housing Type Rental Average (Monthly)
Apartment (bachelor/studio) $1,380
Apartment (one bedroom) $1,700
Apartment (two bedroom) $2,180

Rental averages from CMHC Urban Rental Market Survey Data, October 2017

Note that the costs listed above are general guidelines for rent only. Additional costs for things like utilities (heat, water, electricity) are not included here, but may be included in your rental. Rental listings will generally specify whether the rental price includes utilities or not.

Watch Out for Scams

Unfortunately, not all rental listings are real—some are scams posing as rental listings in order to trick you into sending money or identity documents. It’s important to stay alert to warning signs while you secure housing so that you do not fall prey to a scam. 

Common warning signs:

  • The rental price is extremely cheap. Scammers use low prices to attract people—if the price looks “too good to be true,” it could be a scam.
  • The landlord is asking for a large deposit before meeting you or showing you the rental. In most cases, if you haven’t been able to visit the rental or have someone you trust visit the rental on your behalf, you should be very cautious when proceeding with any payments. We recommend that you arrive in Metro Vancouver before providing payment.  
  • The landlord is asking for too much personal information. If the landlord is asking for sensitive information (such as your bank account details, social insurance number, or credit card information), they may be trying to scam you. 

For more information, check out the following links:

Know Your Rights

Before entering into a rental agreement, it’s important to know the rights you have as a renter (i.e tenant) in British Columbia. The following resources can help you understand what to expect when renting in Metro Vancouver, and what to do if something is wrong.

Please Note: The information on this page is provided as a courtesy to students. KPU does not verify the information in these listings and web sites, nor are the listed properties subject to any form of University inspection. KPU does not take responsibility for off-campus rental accommodation.