Accommodation for Newcomers in Okanagan
Immigration Accommodation in Okanagan
As a new immigrant arriving in Okanagan one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Okanagan for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in Okanagan may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Okanagan take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Okanagan, 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 Okanagan is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in Okanagan guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Okanagan as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Okanagan is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on Okanagan for new immigration arrivals.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Okanagan
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Okanagan may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Okanagan can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in Okanagan
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Okanagan varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Okanagan use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Okanagan 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 Okanagan 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 Okanagan were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Okanagan area.
All renters in Okanagan 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 Okanagan to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in Okanagan
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 Okanagan this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.