Accommodation for Newcomers in Guelph
Immigration Accommodation in Guelph
As a new immigrant arriving in Guelph one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Guelph for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in Guelph may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Guelph take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Guelph, 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 Guelph is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in Guelph guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Guelph as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Guelph is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on Guelph for new immigration arrivals.
Guelph (; 2016 Canadian Census population 131,794) is a city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Known as “The Royal City”, Guelph is roughly 28 km (17 mi) east of Kitchener and 100 km (62 mi) west of Downtown Toronto, at the intersection of Highway 6, Highway 7 and Wellington County Road 124. It is the seat of Wellington County, but is politically independent of it. The city is built on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
Guelph began as a settlement in the 1820s, established by Scotsman John Galt, who was in Upper Canada as the first Superintendent of the Canada Company. He based the headquarters, and his home, in the community. The area – much of which became Wellington County – had been part of the Halton Block, a Crown Reserve for the Six Nations Iroquois. Galt would later be considered as the founder of Guelph.
For many years, Guelph ranked at or near the bottom of Canada’s crime severity list. However, the 2017 Crime Severity Index showed a 15% increase from 2016. Guelph has been noted as having one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country throughout the Great Recession. In late 2018, the Guelph Eramosa and Puslinch entity had an unemployment rate of 2.3 per cent, which decreased to 1.9 percent by January 2019, the lowest of all Canadian cities. The national unemployment rate at the time was 5.8 percent. Much of this achievement was due to the great number of manufacturing facilities, including Linamar.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Guelph
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Guelph may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Guelph can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in Guelph
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Guelph varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Guelph use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Guelph 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 Guelph 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 Guelph were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Guelph area.
All renters in Guelph 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 Guelph to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in Guelph
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 Guelph this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.