Immigration Accommodation in Calais Canada
As a new immigrant arriving in Calais one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Calais for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in Calais may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Calais take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Calais, while some are lucky enough to be able to stay with family or friends in the area. Most new arrivals take a short-term rental while they look for something long term. As with any city, it’s always easier to find someplace new to live once you are already there and Calais is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in Calais Canada guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Calais as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Calais is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on Calais for new immigration arrivals.
Calais ( KAL-ay, kal-AY, traditionally KAL-iss, French: [kalɛ] (listen); Picard: Calés; West Flemish: Kales) is a city and major ferry port in northern France in the department of Pas-de-Calais, of which it is a sub-prefecture. Although Calais is by far the largest city in Pas-de-Calais, the department’s prefecture is its third-largest town of Arras. The population of the city proper is 73,911, and that of the urban area is 128,931 (2017). Calais overlooks the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point in the English Channel, which is only 34 km (21 mi) wide here, and is the closest French town to England. The White Cliffs of Dover can easily be seen on a clear day from Calais. Calais is a major port for ferries between France and England, and since 1994, the Channel Tunnel has linked nearby Coquelles to Folkestone by rail.
Due to its position, Calais since the Middle Ages has been a major port and a very important centre for transport and trading with England. Calais came under English control after Edward III of England captured the city in 1347, followed by a treaty in 1360 that formally assigned Calais to English rule. Calais grew into a thriving centre for wool production, and came to be called the “brightest jewel in the English crown” owing to its great importance as the gateway for the tin, lead, lace and wool trades (or “staples”). Calais remained under English control until its capture by France in 1558. The town was virtually razed to the ground during World War II, when in May 1940, it was a strategic bombing target of the invading German forces who took the town during the siege of Calais. During World War II, the Germans built massive bunkers along the coast in preparation for launching missiles at England.
The old part of the town, Calais proper (known as Calais-Nord), is situated on an artificial island surrounded by canals and harbours. The modern part of the town, St-Pierre, lies to the south and south-east. In the centre of the old town is the Place d’Armes, in which stands the Tour du Guet, or watch-tower, a structure built in the 13th century, which was used as a lighthouse until 1848 when a new lighthouse was built by the port. South east of the Place is the church of Notre-Dame, built during the English occupancy of Calais. Arguably, it is the only church built in the English perpendicular style in all of France. In this church, former French President Charles de Gaulle married his wife, Yvonne Vendroux. South of the Place and opposite the Parc St Pierre is the Hôtel-de-ville (the town hall), and the belfry from the early 20th century. Today, Calais is visited by more than 10 million annually. Aside from being a key transport hub, Calais is also a notable fishing port and a centre for fish marketing, and some 3,000 people are still employed in the lace industry for which the town is also famed.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Calais Canada
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Calais may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Calais can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in Calais
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Calais varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Calais use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Calais and also the option to book with confidence and security.
Another website that offers the same accommodation as Airbnb.
Rental accommodation in Calais for newcomers
One you decide to rent an apartment or house there are certain things specific to Canada to keep in mind. For example, make sure to agree who pays for utilities, and who is responsible for removing snow!
Property owners and landlords will usually require payslips or proof of income, bank statements and occasionally they may require references from previous landlords although lots of new immigrants to Calais were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Calais area.
All renters in Calais have rights, so you need to familiarize yourself with those rights before you sign any agreement. Thankfully there are a number of Organizations set up in Calais to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in Calais Canada
Sometimes when a renter leaves for a few months they will sublet their accommodation. Quite often they leave some furnishings behind and for some newcomers to Calais this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.