I went to Canada in 2004 on a WHP,Im an NZ citizen btw...
spend bout 6 months in Calgary.had to cut my trip short.
in short,i fell in love with Canada and am planning to retun mid 2009(on a special return visa)
I have my heart set on staying in B.C,not sure where yet,somewhere close to Vancouver
My question is what are accomdation options for someone like myself,I always worry about money...
so is there any jobs that offer accomodation?I dont mind unskilled labour etc...I just want to make enuf to eat,sleep and do touristy things,no shopping at all.
any advice would be very much appreciated.
there are many areas in the lower mainland where you can settle yourself for a while. the problem is that living in vancouver can be pricey. if you want something less expensive, living downtown is pretty much out of the picture. there are still some apartments you can find for pretty cheap, but you have to dig for them. basically, the further out you go (from vancouver), the better the prices will be (excluding the kitsilano are and north, west vancouver). burnaby, (i think richmond, never looked into that), surrey, new west, coquitlam, port coquitlam, even langley will give you more options. apartments cost more than what they used to, but you can still find something for less. your oher option is to rent or share a basement suite in someone's house. there are a lot of these, most often with other roommates, but it's easier on the wallet. my suggestion is to try somewhere like burnaby or new west, since they're better accessible (transit-wise - buses and skytrain!). langley is practically on the outermost area of the lower mainland, and is better accessible with a car, i think. there are buses, but like a web, transit seems to sort of branch out and become icredibly annoying the farther out you go. it's just easier to stay somewhere in the middle.
hope that helps!
ok boarding sounds like an option.
could you possibly assist in other questions?
1) is work hard to find?could i score a job by just asking door to door etc...also whats the pay rate(approx) for simple work?
2) Burnaby...how far does it take to get to downtown on a skytrain,i dont plan on getting a car
3) What is the approx boarding price,just a real rough figure,in Burnaby.any websites/resources
thanks for you time
You're probably looking at about 3 to 400 dollars a month. I would imagine building, labour jobs will be handy enough to get in Van on the lead up to the 2010 Olympics. Burnaby is accessible by skytrain, it doesn't take more that 20 mins to get to downtown. I would advise looking at areas in Vancouver on the skytrain line - the further you go along the line the cheaper the rent gets! But then at least you still have great transport.
Check out craigslist, I'm sure you know it from before but it really is the best site for accom in BC.
this is a really good website run by the Canadian Government and they post jobs for every province in Canada and all cities within the province. It gives info on wage, how to apply, etc. It's updated daily as well (excluding the weekends and any holiday)
once you go to this site, you choose english (or french if you prefer) then choose--> Job Search, then-->choose which province you want to job search in, then --> choose whichever region within that province ( this is a drop down selection) so for looking for jobs in Van you would drop down on the "By Area" section and choose Vancouver/Surrey/ Fraser Valley/.....even further once youve chosen region...you can drop down and choose specifically by town
I know it sounds like a lot,,,but i use this website for all my job searching and its quite easy and really helpful.
Hope this helps!
Have a good one,
p.s. I love BC as well,,,can't wait to move out there one day! Im heading out to New Zealand on my working Visa this october though...and im pretty pumped! maybe you have some good advice for me as well?!