Temporary Stays

There are lots of creative ways to bridge your housing needs. The Housing Office at Emily Carr University maintains a current list of the best temporary options we can find.

Drop us a line if you learn of another great resource for our students.



Airbnb is a community marketplace where guests can book spaces from hosts, connecting people who have space to spare with those who are looking for a place to stay. Through their experiences on Airbnb, guests and hosts build real connections with real people from all over the globe. Less expensive than a hotel, this is a great way to check out different neighbourhoods in the city.


A homestay gives you an opportunity to live with a Canadian family while you pursue your studies. Homestays are a great way to transition into your new city–they typically include a furnished private room in a family home, a meal plan and utilities such as wifi, as well as meaningful family time, conversations and excursions.


Canada Homestay Network

Liane’s Homestay



GEC runs a number of student oriented apartment buildings throughout the city. Depending on which location, students can determine their type of room (shared, single, etc.) and length of stay. Most apartments include full kitchens, bathrooms and a balcony. For more details, email info@studentcommunity.ca

Because of the central location this temporary option is ideal for exchange students and new students that are getting to know the city and the university.

Vanmates provides both homestays and shared residential housing throughout the city. Their residential housing includes a fully furnished private room, wifi, utilities and access to communal space. Prices range between $650-$1300 per month, with a minimum three month stay. Applications are accepted continuously.


Sandman Suites on Davie

1160 Davie Street, V6E 1N1
tel: (+1) 604 681 7263

Sandman Suites on Davie is a full-service property situated in Vancouver’s West End, minutes from English Bay, Granville Island and Robson Street. Immediately outside our front door you will also find Starbucks Coffee, Cob’s Bread, Kin’s Market and Moxie’s Classic Grill and Lounge. We are an all-suite property in downtown Vancouver and offer
a variety of services and facilities that we are sure will meet the needs of our guests. Daily, weekly and monthly rates are available, with long-term options. Please contact the email address above for details.

Best Western Downtown

The Hotel is located by the Yaletown district, steps to the Granville Entertainment District and minutes away from Granville Island and Stanley Park. The BEST WESTERN PLUS Downtown Vancouver is pet-friendly and features 143 guest rooms with a Penthouse Level whirlpool, fitness centre and dry sauna.


Jericho Beach

1515 Discovery Street
tel: (+1) 604224 3208
toll free: 1 888 203 4303

The HI Jericho Beach hostel offers affordable, semi-private student accomodations on a month-month basis between September and May.

Rates are between $300 and $450/month

You can find the 2019/2020 application here

Email Elodie Morvan at elodie.morvan@hihostels.ca for more information

Hostel International – Downtown

1114 Burnaby Street
tel: (+1) 604 684 4565
toll free: 1 888 203 4302

This downtown location is about a 30 minute walk to Emily Carr, or a very short ride on the False Creek ferries. For nightly rates please see their website.

Hostel International – Central

1025 Granville Street
tel: (+1) 604 685 5335
toll free: 1 877 203 4461

Located in the middle of Granville Street’s pub and club district downtown, this is the newest and most deluxe hostel in Vancouver and has many private rooms. It is located downtown, and is about a 30 minute walk to Emily Carr. For nightly rates please see their website.

Cambie Hostel Gastown

300 Cambie St., Vancouver, Canada

The Cambie Hostel can be a very reasonable choice with its central location and excellent breakfast
opportunity near by. However the rooms can be loud since the hostel also has a busy bar and restaurant.
It is a good place to connect with other travelers.


733 Beatty Street
tel: (+1) 604 895 5830
toll free: 1 800 663 1424 (reservation line)

Private or shared accommodation for men, women, couples & families. Kitchen and laundry facilities are available. Underground parking is available at a cost of $12.00 per day. Approximately 3 kms from Emily
Carr. For nightly rates please see their website. Be sure to check out their student and weekly rates or call them for residence rates (over 30 days).

Samesun Backpackers

1018 Granville Street
604 682 8226
toll-free: 1 877 9 SameSun (1 877 972 6378)

This hostel is located right in the heart of the city’s entertainment district. Breakfast and free Wifi included, as well as laundry facilities and guest computers.

St. Clair Hostel

577 Richards St.
604 684 3713

The St. Clair is an international backpacker’s hostel located right in the heart of Downtown. Emily Carr students could probably get to school with a 30 min walk, or 10 minute bus ride. The St. Clair is cheaper than most hostels in Vancouver and offers low season specials. During the summer they tend to fill up with backpackers, but in the winter months (when school is in session for most) they have plenty of space and offer private rooms (with shared bathrooms) for $650/month. No damage deposit of course as it’s a hostel. They also have weekly rates, and of course nightly rates for all private rooms and dorms. Currently rated 75% on Hostelworld.

Pacific Spirit Hostel – UBC

(Summer hostelling only)
5961 Student Union Blvd.
604 822 1000
toll free: 1 888 822 1030

University residences are used as hostel accommodation May 15th to August 15th. The University of British Columbia campus is located about 8 kms from Emily Carr. The bus connections are very good. For nightly rates please see their website.


Shaughnessy Village Bed and Breakfast

1125 West 12th Avenue
604 736 5511 or 604 736 5512
website: www.shaughnessyvillage.com

Large B&B with budget rooms, but hotel-style amenities & services. Located approximately 3.3 kms from Emily Carr.
Daily and monthly rates available. For rates and accommodation options see their website.


If you would like a listing of all the bed and breakfasts in the city, check out these web sites: