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1. Posted by collins810 (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

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hey

My friends and I are going to Calary on a working visa for the summer. I am a business student in university in Ireland. There are 7 of us. Just wondering could anybody give me any advice on accomodation and working in Calgary?

Whats the economic situation? What are pay rates and accomodation like?

Thanks
Thomas

2. Posted by Robotic (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

Hello collins810. I'm from Calgary, and have been living here all my life (20 years). It would be a great city to find work in because we are currently desperate for people to fill needed jobs. Everyone is raising there starting wage to encourage people to work for them, and some places are giving a bonus just for starting. It would be extremely easy to find work here in Calgary. Depending on what you’re specifically looking for, you could find a job in a day no problem. It would be easy to find a job that pays you $15+ an hour. If your a girl, and want to make some serious cash I'd recomend working at a bar/club. You could pull off a couple hundred dollars a night easy.

On the other hand, Calgary has the biggest housing shortage in all of Canada. It will be extremely tough for 7 people to find a place to live. Don’t let that get you down. You will just have to do a little more investigating, and possibly pay more then you expected for housing. But splitting rent with your friends, it wouldn’t cost you very much. You can also try looking into staying at the University and College dorms since school will be out for the summer. They rent them out very cheap, but I would imagine they are already getting booked.

If you plan on being in Calgary for the first 2 weeks of July, Calgary hosts the "Calgary Stampede" it’s a huge festival with amusement rides, games, and shows, food, everything you can think of. I would highly recommend that you try to make this. You can also work at the stampede. You can make really good money. It will be long hours, and hard work. But it would be a great way to meet some people.

Hope this starts you off with what to expect in Calgary, and then answers some of your questions. Let me know if there’s anything else. Take care!

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 13, 2007, at 6:58 AM by Robotic ]

3. Posted by Del007 (Budding Member 38 posts) 9y

Hey there

Calgary is an awsome place in the summer! Definitely check out the Stampede in July.

As for housing here, summer time shouldnt be too bad, as alot of the student housing becomes available for the summer months. I dont have any housing sites for studen listings off hand, but you can check out

www.rentfaster.ca or Homebase.ca

I think those have a lot of listings for the down town area. If you want some advice on areas to live, feel free to message me and I'll try to help you out :)

Hope that helps!
Del

4. Posted by ChubbDub (Full Member 132 posts) 9y

Hey Thomas,

The economic situation in Calgary is definetly one of the best in the world. If you are available to work legally you can guarantee yourself a job and probably a good paying one at that. The cost of living is a tad high, but that's to be expected with the booming economy.

Kevin

5. Posted by ChubbDub (Full Member 132 posts) 9y

Quoting Robotic

Hello collins810. I'm from Calgary, and have been living here all my life (20 years). It would be a great city to find work in because we are currently desperate for people to fill needed jobs. Everyone is raising there starting wage to encourage people to work for them, and some places are giving a bonus just for starting. It would be extremely easy to find work here in Calgary. Depending on what you’re specifically looking for, you could find a job in a day no problem. It would be easy to find a job that pays you $15+ an hour. If your a girl, and want to make some serious cash I'd recomend working at a bar/club. You could pull off a couple hundred dollars a night easy.

On the other hand, Calgary has the biggest housing shortage in all of Canada. It will be extremely tough for 7 people to find a place to live. Don’t let that get you down. You will just have to do a little more investigating, and possibly pay more then you expected for housing. But splitting rent with your friends, it wouldn’t cost you very much. You can also try looking into staying at the University and College dorms since school will be out for the summer. They rent them out very cheap, but I would imagine they are already getting booked.

If you plan on being in Calgary for the first 2 weeks of July, Calgary hosts the "Calgary Stampede" it’s a huge festival with amusement rides, games, and shows, food, everything you can think of. I would highly recommend that you try to make this. You can also work at the stampede. You can make really good money. It will be long hours, and hard work. But it would be a great way to meet some people.

Hope this starts you off with what to expect in Calgary, and then answers some of your questions. Let me know if there’s anything else. Take care!

Just something else, but with 7 people you could probaly just rent an entire house (or two!) and split that up and you guys might only be paying $3-500 a month...

6. Posted by collins810 (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

hey
thanks for all the help guys. Students accomdation seems like a good idea since we are all used to it aty this stage. We are arriving at the start of june so we will make this stapede you are telling me about. Sounds great.

We were thinking of waiting to get accomodation untill we were over there so as to get accomodation near our workplace.
Im relucatant to book the college accomoadtion in advance as I dont know what the transport network is like??

7. Posted by Del007 (Budding Member 38 posts) 9y

Provided its not snowing (and in June it shouldnt be) the Public Transport here is actually very reliable in most parts of the city. If you are planning on the newer outter suburbs, it changes a little and busses can stop running as early as 8pm.

I'd keep your eye on accomidations in advance though. Because of the booming economy here, all rentals fill up disgustingly fast and you wont get prime picks if you show up and want a place to live the next day.

What sort of work are you planning on looking for? If you are looking at bars / clubs, some place around Kensington would be good, if expensive. Generally the housing at the University and College is close enough to the train line (which will get you close to most parts of the city) to not worry too much about commute time. Thats in the North West.

Del.

8. Posted by RasJr (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

hey,

i am a singaporean and am wondering how best can i find a job in calgary, whilst travelling?

any advice? thanks...