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1. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 8y

In January ill be moving to Vancouver for at least a year. I dont know anyone there at all, so Im wondering wheres a good place to live?

West end sounds quite nice, but I guess its pretty expensive being so close to the center. Do people do houseshares, as I need to meet people.

Any better areas for newcomers?

any advice at all would be welcome.

2. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 8y

Just a ways south of downtown is best for newcomers. It's still a nice area, it's closer to more of the businesses, and it is still easy to get into the heart of the city or over to the north side to visit the touristy areas, while not paying the super high prices to live in these areas.

Enjoy

3. Posted by MarleneMax (Budding Member 49 posts) 8y

I visit Vancouver at least 2 twice year and I know the housing costs are thru the roof. Look online for people needing roommates. Lots of immigrants all over the world living in British Columbia. My cousin lives in someone else' grand house and his roommates are from the Philippines, Serbia, Russia and Persia. He's saving more money and enjoying home life living this way than he was living by himself in an apartment in Broadway. I met all his roommates and did dinner and karaoke night...much fun. If you're new in town and don't know anyone, I would recommend living in a place with other roommates.
If it were me, I'd live somewhere close to the SkyTrain, most likely in the Coquitlam and Burnaby area. Good Luck ;)

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 8y

Can't give specific Vancouver advice, but just thought I'd say "You'll love it - very nice town". I have a cousin over on the island opposite YVR.

Come see us down in Oregon - Amtrak runs good train services via Seattle to Portland.

5. Posted by chemgal (Respected Member 149 posts) 8y

Craigslist is the best place to look for roommate wanted ads. Just a warning, there is a lot of competition for rooms that become available.

6. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 8y

Cheers everyone for the info, that Craigslist seems pretty useful.

7. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 8y

THE DRIVE....or Commercial Drive. It is misnamed as it filled with Bohemian types and interesting little cafes and travellers and faux intellegensia. The houses around here are gorgeous...There is a sense of community that is lacking in much of Van (with the exception of the aforementioned West End, among others) The rents can be cheap and there are lots of young folks looking for rommates, if that is what you like. I can ride my bike to downtown in fifteen minutes and the sky train is right there if you need it....and if you are a Nag Champa freak...well, there are a hundred store for you my friend!

(I am not down on Nag Champa, I use it myself...just there is a lot of it here)

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8. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 8y

One feature of life here in my hometown that visitors comment on-people are friendly on the surface but that's all it is.

Sharing a house with someone you can expect to meet others like yourself but you'll meet few people who have lived here for any length of time.

We've seen 'em all come and go and couldn't care less about another newbie because there'll be another one next week and more the week after-if people just stare through you when you talk to them that's why.

Hard words but true.

9. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 8y

The Drive sounds pretty cool, ill check it out. What the hell is Nag Champa? Is that weed?

We've seen 'em all come and go and couldn't care less about another newbie because there'll be another one next week and more the week after-if people just stare through you when you talk to them that's why.

hmmm, discouraging, but I kinda know how you feel. Living in Manchester we have an endless train of Australians and Kiwis passing through, staying a few months or a year, then buggering off again. I do try and make friends with them cause I know its tough moving somewhere where you don't know anyone, but it can seem a bit futile after a while.

10. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 8y

Sorry to disappoint, brother, it's incense. A very popular kind of incense.

I disagree with Sam's assessment of why people can be aloof in Van. Seems like a very snotty way to be. Because you are new and there will be more new folks next week. That excuses nothing. Now, if you trot out a pair of bongos and our eyes glaze over, that's a whole different story.

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