Accommodation for Newcomers in London
Immigration Accommodation in London
As a new immigrant arriving in London one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in London for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in London may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in London take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in London, 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 London is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in London guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen London as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. London is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on London for new immigration arrivals.
London (pronounced ) is a city in southwestern Ontario, Canada, along the Quebec City–Windsor Corridor. The city had a population of 383,822 according to the 2016 Canadian census. London is at the confluence of the Thames River, approximately 200 km (120 mi) from both Toronto and Detroit; and about 230 km (140 mi) from Buffalo, New York. The city of London is a separated municipality, politically separate from Middlesex County, though it remains the county seat.
London and the Thames were named in 1793 by John Graves Simcoe, who proposed the site for the capital city of Upper Canada. The first European settlement was between 1801 and 1804 by Peter Hagerman. The village was founded in 1826 and incorporated in 1855. Since then, London has grown to be the largest southwestern Ontario municipality and Canada’s 11th largest metropolitan area, having annexed many of the smaller communities that surrounded it.
London is a regional centre of healthcare and education, being home to the University of Western Ontario (which brands itself “Western University”), Fanshawe College, and several hospitals (including a University Hospital). The city hosts a number of musical and artistic exhibits and festivals, which contribute to its tourism industry, but its economic activity is centred on education, medical research, insurance, and information technology. London’s university and hospitals are among its top ten employers. London lies at the junction of Highway 401 and 402, connecting it to Toronto, Windsor and Sarnia. It also has an international airport and train and bus stations.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in London
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in London may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster London can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in London
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in London varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to London use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in London 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 London 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 London were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater London area.
All renters in London 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 London to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in London
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 London this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.