Accommodation for Newcomers in Saskatoon
Immigration Accommodation in Saskatoon
As a new immigrant arriving in Saskatoon one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Saskatoon for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in Saskatoon may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Saskatoon take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Saskatoon, 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 Saskatoon is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in Saskatoon guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Saskatoon as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Saskatoon is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on Saskatoon for new immigration arrivals.
Saskatoon () is the largest city in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It straddles a bend in the South Saskatchewan River in the central region of the province. It is located along the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway, and has served as the cultural and economic hub of central Saskatchewan since its founding in 1882 as a Temperance colony.
With a 2016 census population of 246,376, Saskatoon is the largest city in the province, and the 17th largest Census Metropolitan Area in Canada, with a 2016 census population of 295,095. The City of Saskatoon has estimated its population to be 278,500 as of July 2018, while Statistics Canada has estimated the CMA’s population to be 330,674 as of 2019.
Saskatoon is home to the University of Saskatchewan, the Meewasin Valley Authority which protects the South Saskatchewan River and provides for the city’s popular riverbank park spaces, and Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a National Historic Site of Canada and UNESCO World Heritage applicant representing 6,000 years of First Nations history. The Rural Municipality of Corman Park No. 344, the most populous rural municipality in Saskatchewan, surrounds the city and contains many of the developments associated with it, including Wanuskewin.
Saskatoon is named after the saskatoon berry which is native to the region, and is itself derived from the Cree misâskwatômina. The city has a significant Indigenous population and several urban Reserves. The city has nine river crossings and is nicknamed “Paris of the Prairies” and “Bridge City.”
Historic neighbourhoods of Saskatoon include Nutana and Riversdale, which were separate towns before amalgamating with the town of Saskatoon and incorporating as a city in 1906. Nutana, Riversdale, their historic main streets of Broadway Avenue and 20th Street, as well as the downtown core and other central neighbourhoods are seeing significant reinvestment and redevelopment. Sutherland, the rail town annexed by the city in 1956 that lies beyond the University lands, is now another historic old city.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Saskatoon
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Saskatoon may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Saskatoon can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in Saskatoon
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Saskatoon varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Saskatoon use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Saskatoon 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 Saskatoon 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 Saskatoon were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Saskatoon area.
All renters in Saskatoon 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 Saskatoon to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in Saskatoon
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 Saskatoon this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.