Find a place to live in the community
Finding a place to live can be a challenging task when you are new to Canada.
Whether you choose our Homestay Program, on-campus Conestoga Residence (for Kitchener or Cambridge campus students only), or private, off-campus housing, Conestoga's International Office is here to assist you.
For more information on the various types of housing available, please click on the links below:
Conestoga College partners with Canada Homestay Network Inc (CHN). Students are matched with a suitable host and will be provided with a private bedroom and food for three meals per day.
Homestay fees are $775 for four weeks with a minimum eight week placement required, plus a $220 placement fee. Once your Homestay application is received by CHN, you will be sent an invoice and once paid, your host information will be sent to you.
For more information or to fill out a Homestay application form, visit the Canada Homestay Network website.
Conestoga Residence is located within walking distance of both the Doon (Kitchener) and Cambridge campuses. Residence offers you the opportunity to experience typical Canadian dorm life with both domestic and other international students.
For detailed information on the campus Residence, current rates and an application form, please visit the Residence website.
There are lots of options when it comes to off-campus housing. Online resources you may wish to try include: Collegeview Commons, Places4students, Kijiji, Craigslist, studenthousing and Search 4 Student Housing.
The International Office may also have information from local landlords (in the area of the Doon and Cambridge campuses) about their current vacancies. For more information or if you have any questions regarding housing, please contact us at email@example.com.
More information about Renting
- In general, rents range from $450 (single room) to $1000+ per month (one/two bedroom apartments).
- Only a very few landlords will allow single room sharing and most will ask you to sign an 8–12 month lease. This is a legally binding contract and by law you must fulfill the terms of the lease until it expires.
- Before you move in, you may be required to pay the first and last month's rent upon signing a lease which generally extends for a 12-month period.
- Confirm that the rental location is close to your campus
- Know your tenant rights and responsibilities by visiting Landlord Tenant Act information.
- "Single room" in a student occupied home means you rent your own room but you share common areas (kitchen, washroom, hallways, etc.) with other tenants.
- One and two bedroom apartments in multi-unit buildings can be occupied alone or with a roommate/s.
- "Room and board" means the landlord provides a bedroom and meals.
- "Fully furnished" means all furniture and appliances are included. If the ad doesn't say fully furnished then no furniture is included.
- Ask the landlord to confirm what is included in your rent (i.e. utilities such as heat/hydro, Internet service, appliances, etc.).
- When looking for local housing on a search engine (i.e. Google or Bing), use terms such as "Conestoga College student housing" or "Conestoga College campus area" but be sure to confirm that the property is near the campus you will be attending and is accessible by regular and frequent public transit service.
- We do not recommend that you send money to a prospective landlord or tenant/roommate without verifying the accuracy of the information, seeing the premises and meeting the landlord.
- It is important that you get a written copy of your lease and a receipt from your landlord whenever you pay rent.
Conestoga College makes no warranty or representation regarding any premises or landlords/leasing agents that are listed on our website or any links provided herein. The listings are simply provided as a convenience to assist students in locating possible housing opportunities. Conestoga has not inspected or investigated any premises/links in any way, and inclusion of these various websites or links shall not be construed as an endorsement or approval by Conestoga College.
Conestoga College disclaims any responsibility, among other things, for the condition of any premises, terms of any leases, or compliance with any municipal or provincial rules or regulations established in the Landlord Tenant Act of Ontario.
All prospective tenants are strongly encouraged to exercise common sense and good judgment when evaluating prospective rental units and landlords.
If you have questions about signing a lease or any other rental documents, you may wish to seek legal advice.