Accommodation for Newcomers in Edmonton
Immigration Accommodation in Edmonton
As a new immigrant arriving in Edmonton one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Edmonton for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in Edmonton may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Edmonton take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Edmonton, 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 Edmonton is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in Edmonton guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Edmonton as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Edmonton is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on Edmonton for new immigration arrivals.
Edmonton () is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta. Edmonton is on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, which is surrounded by Alberta’s central region. The city anchors the north end of what Statistics Canada defines as the “Calgary–Edmonton Corridor”.
The city had a population of 932,546 in 2016, making it Alberta’s second-largest city and Canada’s fifth-largest municipality. Edmonton’s 2019 municipal census subsequently recorded a population of 972,223. Also in 2016, Edmonton had a metropolitan population of 1,321,426, making it the sixth-largest census metropolitan area (CMA) in Canada. Edmonton is North America’s northernmost metropolitan area with a population over one million. A resident of Edmonton is known as an Edmontonian.
Edmonton’s historic growth has been facilitated through the absorption of five adjacent urban municipalities (Strathcona, North Edmonton, West Edmonton, Beverly and Jasper Place) in addition to a series of annexations through 1982, and the annexation of 8,260 ha (82.6 km2) of land from Leduc County and the City of Beaumont on January 1, 2019. Known as the “Gateway to the North”, the city is a staging point for large-scale oil sands projects occurring in northern Alberta and large-scale diamond mining operations in the Northwest Territories.
Edmonton is a cultural, governmental and educational centre. It hosts a year-round slate of festivals, reflected in the nickname “Canada’s Festival City”. It is home to North America’s largest mall, West Edmonton Mall (the world’s largest mall from 1981 until 2004), and Fort Edmonton Park, Canada’s largest living history museum.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Edmonton
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Edmonton may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Edmonton can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in Edmonton
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Edmonton varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Edmonton use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Edmonton and also the option to book with confidence and security.
Another website that offers the same accommodation as Airbnb but at less cost is Book Direct and Save
Rental accommodation in Edmonton 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 Edmonton were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Edmonton area.
All renters in Edmonton 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 Edmonton to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in Edmonton
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 Edmonton this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.