Accommodation for Newcomers in Victoria
Immigration Accommodation in Victoria
As a new immigrant arriving in Victoria one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Victoria for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in Victoria may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Victoria take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Victoria, 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 Victoria is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in Victoria guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Victoria as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Victoria is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on Victoria for new immigration arrivals.
Victoria is the capital city of the Canadian province of British Columbia, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada’s Pacific coast. The city has a population of 85,792, and the Greater Victoria Area has a population of 367,770. Victoria is the 7th-most densely populated city in Canada with 4,405.8 inhabitants per square kilometre (11,411/sq mi).
Victoria is the southernmost major city in Western Canada and is about 100 km (60 mi) from British Columbia’s largest city of Vancouver on the mainland. The city is about 100 km (60 mi) from Seattle by airplane, ferry, or the Victoria Clipper passenger-only ferry, and 40 km (25 mi) from Port Angeles, Washington, by ferry Coho across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Named for Queen Victoria, the city is one of the oldest in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlement beginning in 1843. The city has retained a large number of its historic buildings, in particular its two most famous landmarks, Parliament Buildings (finished in 1897 and home of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia) and the Empress hotel (opened in 1908). The city’s Chinatown is the second oldest in North America after San Francisco’s. The region’s Coast Salish First Nations peoples established communities in the area long before European settlement, which had large populations at the time of European exploration.
Known as “The Garden City”, Victoria is an attractive city and a popular tourism destination with a regional technology sector that has risen to be its largest revenue-generating private industry. Victoria is in the top twenty of world cities for quality-of-life, according to Numbeo. The city has a large non-local student population, who come to attend the Victoria College of Art, the Canadian College of Performing Arts, and high school programs run by the region’s three school districts. Victoria is popular with boaters with its rugged shorelines and beaches. Victoria is also popular with retirees, who come to enjoy the temperate and usually snow-free climate of the area as well as the usually relaxed pace of the city.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Victoria
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Victoria may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Victoria can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in Victoria
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Victoria varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Victoria use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Victoria 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 Victoria 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 Victoria were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Victoria area.
All renters in Victoria 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 Victoria to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in Victoria
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 Victoria this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.