Finding a place to live is a very cumbersome process especially if you are newly moving to Canada. The most time-consuming aspect of this entire process is to figure out where to look. In this article, we will provide you with the top 8 rental websites in Canada, which is all you need to find your next home away from home.
- Airbnb: Almost everyone has heard of Airbnb. If you haven’t, Airbnb is an online marketplace which lets people rent out their spaces to guests. The notion that Airbnb is only for short stays is not very accurate. You can find apartments/ rooms/ houses to rent for long durations (even 3 months plus). This would give you enough time to get your footing in Canada and familiarize yourself with the country. Airbnb has been around since 2008 and they have 24×7 customer service in case you run into any issues.
Advanced filters including location, price, accessibility
Discounts for longer duration stays
In-built chat functionality to contact the host
Payments are done through the Airbnb website
Hosts and space reviews are available
- Kijiji: Think of it as craigslist of USA but with better aesthetics. It’s an online classifieds website whereby you can find rentals for all types of properties. You will find rentals being listed out by realtors or by individual property owners. Kijiji has classifieds available from more than 300 cities in Canada so you would be sure to find relevant listings in your desired area.
No commission fees
Biggest classifieds website in Canada
- Padmapper: Padmapper’s mission is to “make apartment hunting suck less”. They do this by displaying all the listings in a big map of your desired location. You can then choose to navigate around the map and selecting listings for property details. You will be able to message the property owner directly for checking on availability from the website itself.
Filter for selecting properties without a broker fee
Intuitive map interface allowing you to browse properties based on neighbourhood
- Zumper: Zumper allows you to connect with prospective landlords in its smooth and efficient website. You can not just find listings but Zumper also provides end-to-end services to rent the property. One another great thing about Zumper is the insights that you receive on their platform – compare the listing price to the neighbourhood rent prices. This will help you make an informed decision.
Filter for no commission fees
Set alerts for your searches and have it delivered to your inbox
End-to-end platform to rent out your next place
- WeDesy: WeDesy is a platform that helps connect Indians (and other South-Asians) with one another. It is touted as the one-stop destinations for “Desis” to find Indian roommates, Indian events and rideshare buddies. If you are moving to Canada for the first time, it will take time to get over the culture shock. This is a great alternative for people who want to stay within the comfort of the community initially as they make their transition.
The comfort of the community to ask questions.
You can post a “need listing” – what kind of place are you looking for
In-built chat functionality
- Gottarent: Gottarent is another website that helps connect landlords with potential renters. You can filter out by property type, furnished or not, community amenities to ensure your next home meets all your expectations. You can contact the property manager by calling from the available phone number or messaging through their in-built contact form.
Advanced filter to select community amenities