Congratulations!  If you are reading this you are likely close to graduating or have already.  There are so many things to consider as you spread your wings and assert your independence in university. We have compiled some information to help you and will continue to build this section for you.

Remember, you are always welcome to ask questions to any of us here at Canadian Independent College.  We are here to help and guide you.


Research on university and cost of Living - a sample of places to search



  1. Decide whether you want to live alone or with friends.  If you choose the latter, how many friends do you want to live with?
  2. The further away from campus you are willing to, and the further away from downtown in the case of a big city, the cheaper your monthly rent will become.  However you need to factor in the problem of getting to class or to exams on time and whether there is decent public transit to get you to and from school.
  3. Do you want a furnished or unfurnished apartment?



  1. Campus student housing office
  2. Online posting through school website or local newspaper housing ads
  3. Read bulletin boards on campus
  4. Word of mouth



  1. Locations of grocery stores, gym, campus, public transportation, and/or parks
  2. The state of the property: cleanliness, security, age of building and level of maintenance
  3. What sorts of people live around



  1. Do the appliances work? Check that the oven and freezer work well.
  2. Can you drink the tap water? How is the supply of hot water?
  3. Check the condition of the shower, sink, and other porcelain fixtures
  4. Are the utilities included?
  5. Is there enough light? Enough windows? If there are street level windows can they be locked?
  6. Overall safety? Do the smoke detectors work?
  7. Is there extra storage?
  8. What are the rules?
  9. Are there laundry facilities? If not where is the nearest Laundromat?



  1. Make sure it is clearly written how much you will pay per month and what is included in that price (what the landlord pays for and what you pay for)
  2. Verify if a security deposit is required, and if it is, find out what you need to do to be able to get it back at the end of the lease.
  3. Be sure the length of the lease is clearly stated. Generally a lease is twelve months
  4. Remember that every person that will be living there should sign the lease because it is only the signees that are committed and bound to the lease agreement.
  5. If the landlord committed to doing repairs, then ask the landlord to document those repairs in writing so that you can have them on record.
  6. Read the rules of the property carefully, and fully agree to live by them.
  7. When you are ready to move out remember to give the required 30 or 60 days notice in writing. You are bound by law to do this.