Vancouver: Where to live?

When looking for an apartment to rent close to downtown Vancouver, you may not know where to look for listings as a new student in Vancouver. A good start is to look for rental signs posted in the neighbourhoods you would like to live in.

In Vancouver, the three most popular websites for finding accommodations are: Craigslist, Pad Mapper and Kijiji. There are also websites like Roomster and Roomies where you can find roommates. Vancouver’s average monthly rent for an apartment with one bedroom is around $1,450 in the city center; it is $1,000 in the nearby areas (excluding bills).


Downtown is known for its high-rise residential buildings with a swimming pool, gym, and security. The main shopping section, Robson Street, and the Pacific Centre Mall, as well as the entertainment and dining choices on Granville Street, are just minutes away.

The cost of an apartment in downtown is quite high depending on where it is located, however you can find affordable options.

As one of Vancouver’s most diverse neighbourhoods, West End is a vibrant part of the city. This neighbourhood offers a more community-based atmosphere thanks to the diversity of its residents. It is also close to English Bay, a popular spot for Vancouver’s spectacular sunsets. Due to the large number of heritage homes and older high-rises, rental prices can be quite affordable.

Yaletown is the trendiest neighbourhood in Vancouver, but it’s also the most expensive. Its restaurants, boutiques, nightclubs, and False Creek Marina are popular among Vancouver’s elite. 

In Gastown, you’ll discover an intriguing mix of old and new. This district is popular with tourists during the day because it possesses a unique historical character. The cost of housing in Gastown is slightly lower than Yaletown.

With a marina and sea wall surrounding it, Coal Harbour is the most prominent community in Vancouver. Residents are mainly older professionals and retirees. Its most popular visited park, Stanley Park, and the breathtaking sea views add to its high rental costs.


Kits Beach and Jericho Beach, two of Vancouver’s most famous beaches, are located in this area, making it a popular place to live. It is a great place for students and families. Nearly any time of year, you can find people running, riding bikes, or doing yoga. The Kitsilano neighborhood is expensive, but prices begin to decrease towards UBC, or along West Broadway Street.

East Vancouver

East Vancouver may be the answer if you’re looking for an alternative to Vancouver’s glitzy downtown. The east side of Vancouver is traditionally more affordable. It has also become known for its lifestyle, which emphasizes the arts and sustainable living.

A popular shopping area, Main Street offers many fashion boutiques, art galleries, handmade crafts and is a good place to find groceries, restaurants, and cafes with reasonable prices. The place to go for local artists and designers in Vancouver.

On Commercial Drive you’ll find both apartments and businesses. A number of communities of Italians, Asians, Latin Americans, East Indians, and Africans have settled there. There are many heritage buildings and a wide selection of cafes, bars, and vegetarian restaurants there.

South Granville

Its true heart lies on Granville Street, which cuts directly through the neighbourhood to provide quick and easy access to the downtown core. You can walk to Granville Island or get to Downtown within five minutes by bus. Rent is slightly cheaper compared to Downtown, but it still has an abundance of bars and restaurants, art galleries and stylish boutiques.

Communities surrounding Vancouver

There are more affordable communities nearby that are still within commuting distances of the city. Consider the following places: North Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and New Westminster.

Public transit in Vancouver is easy to use and convenient, offering a convenient and cost-effective way to get around the city.

Transit in Metro Vancouver is provided by TransLink, which offers bus, skytrain, and sea bus services. As a student, you can enjoy the benefits of the Compass Card at a discount!

Still haven’t decided on a favorite neighborhood in Vancouver? 

You can speak to one of our student advisors to find out which type of living environment is best for you before you decide where to live in Vancouver.

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