Arranging accommodation before you arrive:
We recommend you consider only accommodations that have been viewed and approved by Memorial's off campus housing office (OCH). In addition, if viewing other websites (ie. www.kijiji.ca) please be aware of the following matters:
- Beware of scams. When renting or leasing online through the internet, beware if the landlord is out of town and tells you they will mail you the keys once they receive a deposit. Make sure they have a representative present whom you could meet and view the place with before you pay anything. If you can not view the place yourself, ask a friend. Otherwise, you should avoid such offers as they could be scams.
- Arrange temporary accommodations prior to arriving in St. John's so that you have a base for searching for permanent accommodations. Staying in temporary accommodations for 3 - 5 days is adequate and viewing at least 3 permanent options is reasonable.
- Make sure you have a signed lease or rental agreement before you pay for fees such as a security depost and rent. Also keep in mind that if you sign a lease/contract for a duration of 12 months you are locked into that contract for that period of time despite your contract stating that you can give a 'two month notice' to vacate if you wish to move to another place. Please check the Residential Tenancies Act for your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
- Bank to bank wire transfer is considered the safest international payment method if you are sure that you have found a comfortable and affordable place to live. It is best however, to stay in temporary accommodations for 3 - 5 days, view apartments and then make the payment(s) on the apartment or room which you choose to rent
Arranging accommodation after you have arrived:
If you are arriving in St. John's and want to look for an accommodation in person, try the following steps:
Arrange temporary accommodation
We recommend that you wait until you have arrived to start your search. You will then have the opportunity to conduct viewings, meet the landlord, know the distance from campus, and see the true condition before making a financial commitment. Allow at least three days to find a place to live. Before you arrive, book temporary accommodation.
Start your search when you arrive
Finding off-campus housing is the responsibility of the student, however, we will provide you with useful information to assist you in your search when you arrive.
View landlord, apartment, and room listings
When you arrive, we will provide resources to help you find a place to live off-campus. These resources include but are not limited to a list of landlords who are interested in renting to international students and websites, which are listing advertisements of rooms and apartments for rent. You can expect to pay approximately $450 to $600 per person per month for shared accommodations, plus approximately $50 per person per month for utilities and $150 to $200 per month for food. Bus transportation will cost $70 per month for students.
View the Internationalization Office accommodations lists
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