Plan Ahead


Moving to Vancouver involves some planning and perseverance to find housing in a competitive rental market. The following suggestions will make your search easier:

  • Plan a temporary place to stay upon arrival;
  • Familiarize yourself with the neighbourhoods of Vancouver;
  • Arrive early, even up to one month in advance;
  • Do your research using this site and the suggested external sites;
  • Come prepared with references, a resume and even a credit report, which you may need if signing a lease;
  • Read the Know Your Rights page for lots of useful advice!
  • Renting It Right: Renting It Right is a free online course created by Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre (TRAC) and Justice Education Society. It will help you identify your rental needs, understand the renting process and figure out what are the right neighborhoods and rental type for you.

Suggested External Housing Sites

Visit the Start Your Search page for a list of classifieds sites.


  • City Transit Information: Learn about Skytrains, buses, SeaBuses and more!
  • UPass BC: As a student, you are automatically enrolled in the UPass program that provides unlimited travel using public transit. Update your card monthly here.
  • HUB Cycling: Learn how to safely ride a bicycle on the streets of Vancouver.

Other Useful Links

Useful Information Sheets

Before Renting

Emily Carr 101 – Student’s Housing Experiences

Emily Carr Housing FAQ