Life & Housing in Toronto
Toronto is broadly recognized as one of the best cities in the world to live and work. And while moving to a new city (and a new country!) is a complex process, there are plenty of resources available to make your journey a smooth one.
Finding a place to stay in Toronto
There are plenty of great places to live located close to the Rotman School. Whether your aim is to rent or buy, here are some tips on getting you started on finding your new home.
The University of Toronto offers extensive support for students looking for housing, both on and off campus. Begin your search here: housing.utoronto.ca U of T's Housing Services has one of the best online housing listings in the city. Whether you are looking for temporary housing, off campus housing, or a residence placement, Housing Services can provide you with relevant current information and support. Contact them at 416-978-8045, or drop by in person at 214 College Street, 2nd Floor, on the U of T campus.
If you arrive earlier that the program start, consider temporary accommodation in one of the campus residences while you get settled and organized. You can also check the rates for hotels around Rotman, such as the Holiday Inn on Bloor at St. George, just north of Rotman: 280 Bloor St. West, 416-968-0010.
Getting started: Top 5 tips for international students coming to Toronto
- Double check your papers to make sure they are in order before you land in Canada.
If you’re thinking of applying for Permanent Residency, remember to bring a police clearance certificate from your home country (and the countries you’ve lived in). Carry the original and a copy of all your important documents: your passport, your driver’s license, student visa, etc.
- Start looking for a place to stay before you arrive. You can use the internet to find new housing, but also plan to visit your apartment, house, or condo before signing a lease to make sure it is up to your standards and in a convenient location.
- Give yourself time to settle in. Arrive at least a month before classes – by the middle of August at the latest – to open a bank account, find a cell phone and Internet provider, buy a metro pass for public transit, and accomplish all the many other tasks that you need to start your life in Toronto.
- Go easy on yourself. Moving abroad can be difficult, especially when you are also trying to manage a full-time course load, deal with financial issues, and find your way around an unfamiliar city. But with the help of your classmates and your newly-earned time management skills, you’ll land back on your feet and feel at home in no time.
- Don’t bother packing winter clothes. Buy them here! Unless you’re coming from a country with cold winters, your clothes may not be warm enough once January arrives. Get an idea of Toronto's weather here.
Before signing a lease (or mortgage), make sure you’ve found the right location! Learn about Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods, including the Annex, where the Rotman School is located, on Wikipedia. If you’re moving outside the Annex, check a TTC transit map to make sure you can get to class on time via local transportation.
Other housing resources
The University of Toronto’sGraduate House welcomes full-time Master's and doctoral students from across the university and its professional faculties. Located on St. George campus and minutes away from the Rotman School and Robarts library, Graduate House offers students a safe, pleasant living experience and opportunities to get involved outside the classroom.
Additional rental opportunities can be found at any of the following websites: Kijiji, Craigslist, torontorentals.com, rentcanada.com, viewit.ca or rentseeker.ca. If buying is an option, visit realtor.ca to get a feel for prices, locations and availability of local housing.
Consider checking local newspapers. Good rentals can be found in the classified pages of NOW Magazine and the Toronto Star.