Accommodation for Newcomers in Regina
Immigration Accommodation in Regina
As a new immigrant arriving in Regina one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Regina for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in Regina may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Regina take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Regina, 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 Regina is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in Regina guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Regina as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Regina is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on Regina for new immigration arrivals.
Regina () is the capital city of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The city is the second-largest in the province, after Saskatoon and is a commercial centre for southern Saskatchewan. As of the 2016 census, Regina had a city population of 215,106, and a Metropolitan Area population of 236,481. Statistics Canada has estimated the CMA’s population to be 261,684 as of 2019. It is governed by Regina City Council. The city is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Sherwood No. 159.
Regina was previously the seat of government of the North-West Territories, of which the current provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta originally formed part, and of the District of Assiniboia. The site was previously called Wascana (“Buffalo Bones” in Cree), but was renamed to Regina (Latin for “Queen”) in 1882 in honour of Queen Victoria. This decision was made by Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Louise, who was the wife of the Governor General of Canada, the Marquess of Lorne.
Unlike other planned cities in the Canadian West, on its treeless flat plain Regina has few topographical features other than the small spring run-off, Wascana Creek. Early planners took advantage of such opportunity by damming the creek to create a decorative lake to the south of the central business district with a dam a block and a half west of the later elaborate 260-metre (850 ft) long Albert Street Bridge across the new lake. Regina’s importance was further secured when the new province of Saskatchewan designated the city its capital in 1906. Wascana Centre, created around the focal point of Wascana Lake, remains one of Regina’s attractions and contains the Provincial Legislative Building, both campuses of the University of Regina, First Nations University of Canada, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, the Regina Conservatory (in the original Regina College buildings), the Saskatchewan Science Centre, the MacKenzie Art Gallery and the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts.
Residential neighbourhoods include precincts beyond the historic city centre are historically or socially noteworthy neighbourhoods – namely Lakeview and The Crescents, both of which lie directly south of downtown. Immediately to the north of the central business district is the old warehouse district, increasingly the focus of shopping, nightclubs and residential development; as in other western cities of North America, the periphery contains shopping malls and big box stores.
In 1912, the Regina Cyclone destroyed much of the town; in the 1930s, the Regina Riot brought further attention and, in the midst of the 1930s drought and Great Depression, which hit the Canadian Prairies particularly hard with their economic focus on dry land grain farming. The CCF (now the NDP, a major left-wing political party in Canada), formulated its foundation Regina Manifesto of 1933 in Regina. In recent years, Saskatchewan’s agricultural and mineral resources have come into new demand, and it has entered a new period of strong economic growth.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Regina
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Regina may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Regina can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in Regina
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Regina varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Regina use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Regina 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 Regina 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 Regina were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Regina area.
All renters in Regina 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 Regina to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in Regina
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 Regina this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.