Accommodation for Newcomers in St. John’s
Immigration Accommodation in St. John’s
As a new immigrant arriving in St. John’s one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in St. John’s for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in St. John’s may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in St. John’s take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in St. John’s, 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 St. John’s is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in St. John’s guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen St. John’s as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. St. John’s is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on St. John’s for new immigration arrivals.
St. John’s is the capital and largest city of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula on the large Canadian island Newfoundland. The city spans 446.04 square kilometres (172.22 sq mi) and is the easternmost city in North America (excluding Greenland).
Its name has been attributed to the Nativity of John the Baptist, when John Cabot was believed to have sailed into the harbour in 1497 and to a Basque fishing town with the same name. Existing on maps as early as 1519, it is one of the oldest cities in North America. It was officially incorporated as a city in 1888. With a metropolitan population of approximately 219,207 (as of 1 July 2017), the St. John’s Metropolitan Area is Canada’s 20th largest metropolitan area and the second largest Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) in Atlantic Canada, after Halifax.
The city has a rich history, having played a role in the French and Indian War, the American Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812. Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signal in St. John’s. Its history and culture have made it into an important tourist destination.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in St. John’s
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in St. John’s may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster St. John’s can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in St. John’s
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in St. John’s varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to St. John’s use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in St. John’s 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 St. John’s 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 St. John’s were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater St. John’s area.
All renters in St. John’s 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 St. John’s to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in St. John’s
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 St. John’s this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.