Housing

Please note:

For additional housing support, please email your International Transition Coordinator team.

Housing options

There are many housing options for you to choose from depending on your needs and preferences. Be sure to find a place close to your campus and easily accessible by regular and frequent public transit.

Start your search EARLY – as soon as you receive your visa. Search for listings online, connect with other students and contact landlords as soon as possible. Prices go up and availability goes down the closer we get to the first day of classes.

Know the costs – expect to spend at least $600 per month and expect to pay both first month and last month’s rent up front.

Avoid scams – don’t send money unless you, or someone you trust, has verified that the landlord and rental unit in person.

On-campus residence

On-campus residence facilities are offered to students at our Kitchener - Doon and Cambridge campuses, subject to availability. Students at other campuses must find off-campus or homestay placements.                    

Please note: You are not permitted to stay at the residence during your 14-day mandatory quarantine.

Kitchener - Doon/Cambridge Campus Residence

Who can apply?
All students enrolled full-time at Conestoga can apply to residence. Please note: the residence building is convenient to only Kitchener - Doon and Cambridge campuses. For other campuses, please check other options provided on this page.
How to apply?
Apply through My Housing Portal.
Take a look at Residence rooms.
When to apply?
Spaces get filled several months before each intake, so please apply as soon as possible.
Cost?
Residence rates
Your Conestoga College tuition account is separate from your residence fees account. Please do not instruct your banking institution to pay Conestoga College for your housing costs.

Please contact Residence if you have any questions:                                                             

Conestoga College Residence
99 Conestoga College Boulevard
Kitchener, ON  N2P 2N5
Phone: 519-895-2272 | Fax: 519-895-2688
Email: info@conestogaresidence.ca

For more details, visit Residence.

Off-campus rentals

Live in the local community with other students as roommates or in your very own apartment.

The most common ways to secure off-campus rentals and find roommates are searching on rental listing websites and networking through local family, friends and current Conestoga College students.

Use these rental websites, resources, and Conestoga College Facebook groups to help you find a place to live:

Off-campus rental listing websites

Resources for understanding your Canadian housing search

Resources for understanding landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities

Please note: the websites listed above are not affiliated with or monitored by Conestoga College. Please be cautious when using social media to connect with other students or landlords.      

Homestay

Homestay is a program that matches international students with local host families to live with while studying at Conestoga.      

Conestoga College partners with Canada Homestay Network Inc. (CHN) to administer our Homestay program.      

Includes:

  • a private bedroom
  • food for three meals per day
  • laundry facilities and Internet connectivity and
  • the opportunity to live with a Canadian family

Cost:

September 1, 2022 - August 31, 2023

Homestay fees will be $960 monthly with a minimum two-month placement required, plus a $325 for registration, placement, and administrative fees.      

To apply:

Canada Homestay Network
Contact Homestay by email: help@canadahomestaynetwork.ca

Temporary housing - hotels

Need temporary housing?

If you do not find housing before you arrive in Canada, your option is to book temporary housing until you secure your longer-term housing plans. Below you will find a list of hotels in close proximity to our campus locations.        

Book in advance with a valid credit card by phone, online through the hotel's website or other booking websites such as booking.com, expedia.ca and hotels.com.        

Discounted pricing has been arranged for Conestoga College students. Be sure to identify yourself as a Conestoga College student when booking and be prepared to show proof of student status when you arrive at the hotel to receive discount rates.       

For Kitchener - Doon and Cambridge campus students

Best Western Plus Cambridge Hotel
730 Old Hespeler Road, Cambridge, ON  N3H 5L8
Phone: 519-623-4600 
Distance to Kitchener - Doon campus: 7 min by taxi, 50 min by bus
Distance to Cambridge campus: 7 min by taxi, 50 min by bus


Cambridge Hotel & Conference Centre
700 Hespeler Road, Cambridge, ON  N3H 5L8
Phone: 519-622-1505
Distance to Kitchener - Doon campus: 10 min by taxi, 45 min by bus
Distance to Cambridge campus: 10 min by taxi, 40 min by bus


Hilton Garden Inn Kitchener/Cambridge
746 Hespeler Road, Cambridge ON  N3H 5L8
Phone: 519-620-8936
Distance to Kitchener - Doon campus: 10 min by taxi, 50 min by bus
Distance to Cambridge campus: 10 min by taxi, 50 min by bus

For Kitchener - Downtown campus students

Crowne Plaza Kitchener - Waterloo
105 King Street East, Kitchener, ON N2G 2K8
Phone: 519-744-4141
Distance to Kitchener - Downtown campus: 2 min walk


Quality Inn Kitchener
2899 King Street East, Kitchener, ON N2A 1A6
Phone: 519-894-3500
Distance to Kitchener - Downtown campus: 9 min by taxi, 18 min by bus


Radisson Hotel Kitchener-Waterloo
2960 King Street East, Kitchener, ON N2A 1A9
Phone: 519-894-9500
Distance to Kitchener - Downtown campus: 10 min by taxi, 20-30 min by bus
Distance to Kitchener - Doon campus: 12 min by taxi, 30 min by bus
Distance to Cambridge campus: 13 min by taxi, 45 min by bus

For Waterloo campus students

Best Western Plus Waterloo
547 King Street North, Waterloo, ON N2L 5Z7
Phone: 519-884-0100
Distance to Waterloo campus: 5 min by taxi, 30 min by bus


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Waterloo
14 Benjamin Road, Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
Phone: 519-772-9800
Distance to Waterloo campus: 9 min by taxi, 45 min by bus


Staybridge Suites
10 Benjamin Road, Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
Phone: 519-514-5500
Distance to Waterloo campus: 9 min by taxi, 45 min by bus


The Inn of Waterloo
475 King Street North, Waterloo ON N2J 2Z5
Phone: 519-804-1130
Distance to Waterloo campus: 5 min by taxi, 20 min by bus

For Guelph campus students

Comfort Inn Guelph
480 Silvercreek Parkway, Guelph, ON N1H 7R5
Phone: 519-763-1900
Distance to Guelph campus: 3 min by taxi, 7 min by bus


Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Guelph
725 Imperial Road North, Guelph, ON N1K 1X4
Phone: 519-821-2144
Distance to Guelph campus: 4 min by taxi, 12 min by bus


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Guelph
540 Silvercreek Parkway, Guelph ON  N1H 6N3
Phone: 519-824-2400
Distance to Guelph campus: 5 min by taxi, 10 min by bus


Staybridge Suites Guelph
11 Corporate Court, Guelph, ON  N1G 5G5 
Phone: 519-767-3300
Distance to Guelph campus: 10 min by taxi, 1 hr 17 min by bus


Days Inn by Wyndham Guelph
785 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON N1G 1Y8
Phone: 519-822-9112
Distance to Guelph campus: 13 min by taxi, 45 min by bus

For Brantford campus students

Comfort Inn Brantford
58 King George Road, Brantford, ON N3R 5K4
Phone: 519-753-3100
Distance to Brantford campus: 8 min by taxi, 25 min by bus


Best Western Brantford Hotel & Conference Centre
19 Holiday Drive, Brantford, ON N3R 7J4
Phone: 519-753-8651 or 877-341-1234 (toll free)
Distance to Brantford campus: 8 min by taxi, 30 min by bus


Days Inn by Wyndham Brantford
460 Fairview Drive, Brantford, ON N3R 7A9
Phone: 519-759-2700
Distance to Brantford campus: min by taxi, 32 min by bus


Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Brantford Conference Centre
20 Fen Ridge Court, Brantford, ON N3V 1G2
Phone: 519-720-0084
Distance to Brantford campus: 9 km, 13 min by taxi, 25 - 38 min by bus


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Brantford
27 Sinclair Boulevard - Building 1, Brantford, ON N3S 7X6
Phone: 226-368-1100
Distance to Brantford campus: 13 min by taxi, 20 min by bus


TownePlace Suites Brantford and Conference Centre
30 Fen Ridge Court, Brantford, ON N3V 1G2
Phone: 519-720-2777
Distance to Brantford campus: 9 km, 13 min by taxi, 25 - 38 min by bus

Housing FAQ

Does the college provide me with accommodation?

No, the college does not provide students with short-term or long-term accommodation. It is the responsibility of the student to secure accommodation arrangements for themselves (and budget appropriately for the local cost of accommodations).      

Who can I rent a room from?

There are many ways to choose a rental:      

  • You can choose to rent directly from a landlord, either in an apartment building or a private home.
  • You can choose to rent from a student, taking over their lease in a “sublet.”
  • You can choose to share rooms with students, if you have the landlord’s permission.
How much does it cost to rent a room?

Costs differ based on the size of the room, utilities, amenities offered (pool, gym, etc.) and location. Don’t forget to check Google Maps to find out how you can travel to campus, and how long it will take you.         

  • Private room with shared bathroom and kitchen: approximately $600 - $800 per month per person
  • 1-bedroom apartment with private washroom and kitchen: approximately $1200 - $1700 per month
  • 2-bedroom apartment: approximately $1500 - $2000 per month

Utilities (payments for heating, air-conditioning, water and electricity) as well as Wi-Fi may be additional to the rent you pay, so please ask your landlord before you sign your agreement.    

Can I share a room with another student?

Please note that you need a landlord’s permission for room sharing.      

For more accommodation information, email Conestoga’s International Transition Coordinators.

Housing tips

Watch our pre-arrival housing tips videos for helpful information about looking for a place to live while studying at Conestoga. Tips include starting your search early (from your home country) as well as what important questions to ask when searching. The videos also outline different types of housing options and how to communicate with landlords.

Disclaimer: Conestoga College makes no warranty or representation regarding any premises, landlords or leasing agents that are listed on this 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 or links in any way, 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, you may wish to seek legal advice.