Accommodation for Newcomers in Saint John
Immigration Accommodation in Saint John
As a new immigrant arriving in Saint John one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Saint John for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in Saint John may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Saint John take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Saint John, 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 Saint John is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in Saint John guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Saint John as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Saint John is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on Saint John for new immigration arrivals.
Saint John is a seaport city of the Atlantic Ocean located on the Bay of Fundy in the province of New Brunswick, Canada. Saint John is the oldest incorporated city in Canada, established by royal charter on May 18, 1785, during the reign of King George III. The port is Canada’s third largest port by tonnage with a cargo base that includes dry and liquid bulk, break bulk, containers, and cruise. Historically New Brunswick’s largest city, in 2016 the city fell to second place, with a population of 67,575 over an area of 315.82 km2 (121.94 sq mi). Greater Saint John covers a land area of 3,362.95 km2 (1,298.44 sq mi) across the Caledonia Highlands, with a growing population of 126,202 (as of 2016).
French colonist Samuel de Champlain landed at Saint John Harbour on June 24, 1604 (the feast of St. John the Baptist) and is where the Saint John River gets its name although Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik peoples lived in the region for thousands of years prior calling the river Wolastoq. The Saint John area was an important area for trade and defence for Acadia during the French colonial era and Fort La Tour, in the city’s harbour, was a pivotal battleground during the Acadian Civil War.
After over a century of ownership disputes over the land surrounding Saint John between the French and English, the English deported the French colonists in 1755 and constructed Fort Howe above the harbour in 1779. In 1785, the City of Saint John was established by uniting the two towns of Parrtown and Carleton on each side of the harbour after the arrival of thousands of refugees from the American Revolution who wished to remain British and were forced to leave their U.S. homes. Over the next century, waves of immigration via Partridge Island, especially during the Great Famine, would fundamentally change the city’s demographics and culture.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Saint John
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Saint John may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Saint John can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in Saint John
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Saint John varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Saint John use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Saint John 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 Saint John 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 Saint John were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Saint John area.
All renters in Saint John 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 Saint John to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in Saint John
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 Saint John this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.