Accommodation for Newcomers in Harrogate

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Immigration Accommodation in Harrogate Canada

As a new immigrant arriving in Harrogate one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Harrogate for you and your family.

Your first accommodation on arriving in Harrogate may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Harrogate take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Harrogate, 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 Harrogate is no different.

Accommodation for newcomers in Harrogate Canada guide

You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Harrogate as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Harrogate is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.

Here is some background on Harrogate for new immigration arrivals.

Harrogate ( HARR-ə-gət, -⁠gayt, -⁠ghit) is a spa town and the administrative centre of the Borough of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, England. Historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the town is a tourist destination and its visitor attractions include its spa waters and RHS Harlow Carr gardens. 13 miles (21 km) away from the town centre is the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Nidderdale AONB. Harrogate grew out of two smaller settlements, High Harrogate and Low Harrogate, in the 17th century. For three consecutive years (2013–2015), polls voted the town as “the happiest place to live” in Britain.

Harrogate spa water contains iron, sulphur and common salt. The town became known as ‘The English Spa’ in the Georgian era, after its waters were discovered in the 16th century. In the 17th and 18th centuries its ‘chalybeate’ waters (containing iron) were a popular health treatment, and the influx of wealthy but sickly visitors contributed significantly to the wealth of the town.

Harrogate railway station and Harrogate bus station in the town centre provide transport connections. Leeds Bradford Airport is 10 miles (16 km) southwest of Harrogate. The main roads through the town are the A61, connecting Harrogate to Leeds and Ripon, and the A59, connecting the town to York and Skipton. Harrogate is also connected to Wetherby and the A1(M) by the A661, while the A658 from Bradford forms a bypass around the south of the town. Harrogate had a population of 73,576 at the 2011 UK census; the built-up area comprising Harrogate and nearby Knaresborough had a population of 89,060, while the figure for the much wider Borough of Harrogate, comprising Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon, as well as a number of smaller settlements and a large rural area, was 157,869.

The town motto is Arx celebris fontibus, which means “a citadel famous for its springs”.

Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Harrogate Canada

Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Harrogate may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Harrogate can be of great help.

What is the cost of short term accommodation in Harrogate

The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Harrogate varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Harrogate use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Harrogate and also the option to book with confidence and security.

Another website that offers the same accommodation as Airbnb.

Rental accommodation in Harrogate 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 Harrogate were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Harrogate area.



All renters in Harrogate 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 Harrogate to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service

Newcomer subletting in Harrogate 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 Harrogate this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.


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