Calling all people from Vancouver

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1. Posted by Karlee (Budding Member 35 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am coming to Vancouver in May hoping to live and work for a while. I am wondering what is the best places in vancouver to live and work.

2. Posted by kezin (Budding Member 107 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Karlee,

- Where to favourably live and work in Vancouver would depend on what exactly you are looking for, what appeals to you, what sort of work you do, how you get around the city, etc....

- While not a large city in terms of population, Vancouver ( metro ) does cover a LOT of ground. The city centre is very densely populated with new towers ( for the most part residential ) thrusting up seemingly by the hour. Few of them offer rental options. Coal harbour, Yaletown, and False Creek North are relatively ' new ' urban neighbourhoods with lovely flowing parks and numerous attractive services and amenities; but not exactly inclusive in respect to diversity of income/employment. The ' West- End ' is a large, leafy 'burg of impressive older apartments, heritage homes, and a mix of apartment styles, plus newer condos; in short, diversity. One can live in the West- End and be downtown. Stanley Park is nearby; sufficient commercial arteries brace it on all sides, and rental options are available...but not cheap, and very difficult to obtain. Vacancy rate in Vancouver is at a record low.

- Point Grey is out towards the University of B.C. Wealthy enclave of academia, some rental action- but mostly geared towards students. Kitslaino, Dunbar, Kerrisdale are more affordable and moderately patronized by public transit , meaning bus. There is an attractive diversity in the scale of buildings and their styles, in social demographics, in the nature of the shops and stores, and in the activities and interests of the residents of these particular neighbourhoods. By Vancouver standards, older, affluent , with an incremental move towards ' main- streeting ' and less emphasis on the automobile. The ' Not in My Backyard ' reactionist stance is quite prevalent in these areas.

- East Van is an incredibly diverse, large area with many fine ( and fascinating ) old, distinct neighbourhoods. Definite opportunities for renting here. There is, as well- Skytrain ( basically a monorail running east/west ) and strong, communities well- experienced with diversity and adversity. For a newcomer to the city looking for a place to live; highly recommended. Mount Pleasant and the South Main St. area around King Edward, likewise. Cheap produce markets, great little restaurants, vital and significant cultural ' vibes '.

- Burnaby/New Westminster; Much more affordable than Vancouver. Distinct cities in their own right. Skytrain snakes across both cities. New West is on the Fraser River and has an old Main St. both cities are currently undergoing intense transformation in terms of development, demographics, and ' vision '.In terms of finding accomodation here: Good. Everything you would be looking for or in need of in respect to services and amenities is in both cities.

- No doubt someone will leave some excellent online sites here in a post as well. I have been very general in my answer to you because your question is quite ' wide '.

- Best, Kevin. :)

3. Posted by Karlee (Budding Member 35 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey Kevin
Thanks heaps for all that info. That really gives me a bit of insite into the different areas of Vancouver. It is hard to come to a new city and not know what areas to look into living. I would just like to be close to public transport and not to far from where the action is as far as things to do and see go.:)

4. Posted by Liberte30 (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, i'm not from Vancouver but i use to live there for a year in 2006! I was living in an appartment in English bay ( not really far from Downtown). This is an awesome place to stay but kind of expensive ! This is close to the beach and close to Davie street and Robson street ( where ambiance is) at night time...

A good thing to do when you get to Vancouver is to share a place with a few people otherwise it's going to be really expensive!

If you dont have a place to stay when you get there you can start by staying in a hostel...

The cambie Seymour (On seymour street at Pender, Downtown) is a good one...Not expensive and clean with friendly people... I've met so much people at this hostel! If you get there after may 1st, the rate will be $25 a night...f you get there before may 1st the rate will be $18,50 a night.

On top of that you have a pub on the first floor with the best chicken wings ever;)


5. Posted by Karlee (Budding Member 35 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Christine. Did you have any problems finding somewhere to live once you got there?

6. Posted by kezin (Budding Member 107 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

- Karlee; Liberte 30's suggestion to find 'shared accomodation' is an excellent one. I strongly reccomend that you do whatever you can to acquire digs b-4 you arrive in Vancouver. Here are a few sites that could be of some help;





- - this one is great value for the budget traveller or those new to the city needing a place to kip while searching for more 'permanent' digs.

- I will see what i can find re: shared accom. and send soon enuf. In the meantime please feel free to post any questions of whatever nature concerning Vancouver on this forum. I would be more than happy to attempt to answer them.

- Sincerely, Kevin :)

7. Posted by Karlee (Budding Member 35 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey Kevin , thanks I will defientely check out those web sites for accomodation. Over here in Aus we have like 3 decent web sites for accomodation, so it is easy but it seems like there is stacks of different sites over there so is good to get some tips on sites. Thanks

8. Posted by lagosmm (Budding Member 50 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am a student at UBC, but not originally from the Vancouver Area. I normally in Van during the school year, but often move for different work options during the summer. As a result, I normally just sublet. Many sublets are already furnished, which is nice, especially if you only have a couple of suitcases.

If this is something that might interest you (in addition to the other links) check out this one:

Its done by UBC and is normally for student housing, but has some cheap deals here and often has short term housing arrangements. Most of the locations available are not directly downtown, but there's an excellent transit from the Uni to downtown (most students take the buses to school, so in fact these locations are near some of the major routes.) I must mention...the bus system is amazing!!!! I've lived in a few places, and this one takes the cake. ;)

9. Posted by Karlee (Budding Member 35 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hey I am actually planning at staying at UBC the first couple of weeks I am in Vancouver, so it is good to here public transport is good. I will defianetly look into that website for short term accomodation. Thanks

10. Posted by lagosmm (Budding Member 50 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

good choice ;) UBC rocks! I hope while your there you get to check out the campus...its fantastic (especially summer!)