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 with 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:
Global Education City
UBC/AMS Rents Line
My Ideal Home
Craig’s List – Vancouver
Direct Google Search Link: Rentals in Vancouver at $500/month
This is a free service built around improving access to the best rentals located near Canadian universities and colleges: search4studenthousing.com/students
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. 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: (778) 358-6658
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
* This list is provided for informational purposes only and is not in any way to be interpreted as a recommendation, warranty 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.