While VanArts does not provide housing for students, there are a wealth of locations in the Vancouver area for students to find housing, shared accommodations, or short term residences. This will help you on your search for a residence while you are attending VanArts.
Rentals – Furnished or Unfurnished
Websites for affordable furnished or unfurnished rental suites in the Greater Vancouver area include:
UBC/AMS Rents Line
My Ideal Home
Places 4 Rent
Craig’s List – Vancouver
Direct Google Search Link: Rentals in Vancouver at $500/month
The major universities here in Vancouver offer a number of off-campus housing solutions.
Both the Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province are on the internet, and allow free access to the classified section. Applicants without Internet access can locate these newspapers at any Magazine specialty store.
YWCA Hotel Residence
There is a housing facility located in downtown Vancouver, only a few blocks away from the school. Interested applicants should phone the YWCA as listed below for details. You can also book a room online. This is a good option for a temporary place to stay while searching for an apartment.
YWCA 733 Beatty Street
ph: (604) 895-5830
Located only 15 minutes away from VanArts by bus, offers small furnished room with sofa bed, microwave and fridge. Reasonable rates; daily, weekly or monthly. This is a good option for a temporary place to stay while searching for an apartment.
1125 West 12th Avenue
ph: (604) 736-5511
fax: (604) 737-1321
International students might consider the option of homestay, a network providing students with housing opportunities with local Vancouver families. This is an affordable way of providing room and board, and a detailed questionnaire helps to place students with appropriate families. Great for international students looking to improve their English speaking skills.
First Choice International Placement, Inc.
#115-255 West 1st Street
North Vancouver, BC
ph: (604) 984-0868
fax: (604) 984-2373
Bell Accommodation Services
Contact Marilyn Bell for assistance in finding a house or apartment specifically for students. Applications can be submitted anytime and replies expected 2-3 months before your program start date.
ph: (604)875-1742 / www.bellacc.com
* This list is provided for informational purposes only and is not in any way to be interpreted as a recommendation, warrantee or representation of any kind. The Vancouver Institute of Media Arts neither inspects nor endorses any unit or home, landlord, property location, website and roommate listing. It is the student’s responsibility to exercise due care and judgement when choosing a rental.