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Student Housing Services

Welcome to Vancouver, a city known for its breathtaking landscapes, diverse culture, and world-class education. As you embark on your academic journey at Alexander College, we understand that finding the right place to call home is crucial to your overall university experience. To assist you in navigating the student housing landscape in Vancouver, we’ve curated a comprehensive guide to essential housing options tailored for all students.

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Student Housing

Your Personalized Living Space

Vancouver offers a diverse range of housing options, catering to various preferences, from shared apartments to private studios, allowing you to customize your living arrangements to suit your needs. For students who prefer a student housing, we proudly recommend GEC Living, a trusted provider known for its quality student accommodations. GEC Living offers a supportive environment conducive to both study and leisure, empowering students to manage their own space while exploring the city at their own pace.

Features of GEC housing include:

Move-In Ready Apartments

  • Fully furnished apartments
  • Murphy bed with all beddings
  • Fully equipped kitchen: appliances, cookware, and utensils
  • Stove, oven, dishwasher, and refrigerator
  • Bathrooms with bathtub and shower
  • In-suite laundry: washing and drying machines
  • Living room and dining room furniture
  • Study desks and chairs
  • Individual heating systems
  • Large windows with fresh air panel

All-Inclusive Amenities

  • Full utilities: water, electricity, and heat
  • Unlimited high-speed wireless internet
  • Housekeeping (common area only)
  • Fob-controlled entry system
  • 24-hour building CCTV
  • Paid underground parking available
  • Multifunctional amenities room on top floor

Homestay Program

Embrace Local Hospitality

For those seeking an immersive cultural experience, the Homestay Program offers a unique opportunity to live with local families. Experience Vancouver through the eyes of its residents, sharing in their traditions and customs while benefiting from a supportive and familial environment. Our carefully selected host families from two reputable homestay providers, Vanmate Consulting and Travel and Learn Interchange are committed to providing a welcoming home, facilitating not just a place to stay but a chance to form meaningful connections within the community.

Vanmate Consulting

Vanmate Consulting provides a welcoming and supportive homestay experience for international students studying at Alexander College in Metro Vancouver. In addition, Vanmates Accommodation strives to create a home away from home where students feel comfortable, supported, and immersed in Canadian culture. Their goal is to foster meaningful connections between students and host families while ensuring a safe and enriching environment for all.

Features of Vanmate Consulting – Homestay
  • Private room
  • Optional two or three meals per day
  • Complimentary airport pick-up service for Alexander College students
  • Rates starting from $1100 (low season) and $1300 (high season) for a four-week stay

Travel and Learn Interchange

Travel and Learn Interchange prioritizes student comfort and satisfaction. With a focus on exceptional service, their dedicated team goes above and beyond to ensure the homestay experience is nothing short of excellent. From personalized assistance to round-the-clock support, their team to make your stay comfortable and stress-free.

Features of Travel and Learn Interchange – Homestay Program
  • Private room
  • Optional two or three meals per day
  • Custodianship service (24 x 7 emergency support)
  • Welcome package service
  • A special discount on the placement fee will be given only to Alexander College students

FAQ for Homestay Program

Part of the homestay experience is trying Canadian foods. You are expected to eat the same foods as the rest of the family, your host will not cook special meals for you. Be prepared to try many new tastes and maybe even develop a new favorite food.

Yes, please specify your food allergies in your application form so that we can match you with a host family capable of accommodating your dietary needs.

Many of our homestay families have pets, such as cats and dogs. These pets are friendly and considered members of the family.

We recommend booking your homestay at least one and a half months in advance to secure your accommodation.

Other Off-Campus Options

The housing market in Vancouver is very competitive. We recommend you begin your search for rental as soon as you receive visa approval letter.

Short-term Accommodation
Resources for Your Rental Search

DISCLAIMER: Listings on these sites aren’t approved or recommended by Alexander College. The college doesn’t conduct information, background, or clearance checks on landlords or listing authors, and the information in listings is unverified. Alexander College disclaims responsibility or liability for the information within the listings and encourages students to search cautiously, understanding their rights as tenants.

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Things to Be Considered

When renting accommodation in a new city like Vancouver, there are several important considerations for international students to ensure a smooth and positive experience as tenants. Here’s a list of key factors to keep in mind:

Carefully review the lease agreement, including the terms, conditions, and any additional fees. Clarify the duration of the lease, renewal options, and the notice period required for moving out.

Consider all costs associated with renting, including rent, utilities, internet, and any other additional fees. Factor in living expenses, transportation costs, and potential unforeseen expenses.

Identify the campus where your course is held and consider the travel distance from potential rentals. Use Google Maps to assess distances, accounting for potential weather-related delays in commuting. Allocate ample time for travel to the campus.

Move-in dates for off-campus housing typically coincide with the first day of each month. Plan accordingly, as providing a full month’s notice is often required for moving out. Landlords may also request a damage deposit, usually half a month’s rent, refundable upon move-out if the property is well-maintained.

Confirm what furnishings and appliances are included in the rental. If the accommodation is unfurnished, consider options for obtaining necessary furniture and household items.

Check whether rental insurance is required or recommended. This can help protect personal belongings in case of theft, damage, or other unforeseen events.

Familiarize yourself with tenant rights and responsibilities as outlined in local laws and regulations. Understand the process for addressing maintenance issues and how repairs are handled.

Establish clear communication with your landlord or property management team. Report any maintenance issues promptly and document communications for future reference.

Research the safety of the neighborhood where you plan to rent. Explore local amenities, public transportation options, and proximity to essential services.

* By considering these factors and conducting thorough research, international students can make informed decisions when renting accommodation in Vancouver and ensure a positive and hassle-free living experience.

How to Book

Ready to book your accommodation? Submit your Housing Preference Form online. Or contact to inquire more information.

Housing Preference Form

Fill out the following form to indicate your housing preferences:

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Alexander College acknowledges that the land on which we usually gather is the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in this territory.