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Hello all, I will be coming to Toronto next year. I've never been there in my life, so I'm a little scared! Since I'm rather far away at the moment, I'll be depending on my parents to find me a place to live. One thing I was wondering is, how big is the central campus, i.e. how long does it take to walk from Spadina Ave to Bay Street, or from Bloor to College street? I have a map but am not sure of the scale. Is it generally possible to live in this area outside university accommodation, or would that be impossible/outrageously expensive? I keep hearing/seeing people talking about how great the Annex is for living as a student - am I right in thinking that's the area right above Bloor? For the average Annex dweller, how long would it take to walk to, say, the main library, Queens and Wellesley (CMS), or Sidney Smith Hall? If decent location is my top priority, what would be the best area to check out for apartments if these will be my main academic destinations? Do many students manage to live close enough so as not to depend on public transportation for their daily commutes?

Is it common for apartments to be furnished, or for landlords to include utilities/internet in the rent? If possible, it would be great if I could avoid having to deal with setting up accounts and getting fleeced by various service providers. Also, I'd prefer a furnished apartment but know that that's not always so easy to find in some cities. I should note that I'm American and as such don't know if things are done differently in Toronto to what I've experienced.

Thanks for any advice!

Walk from Bloor to College: about 8 mins.

Walk from Spadina to Bay (on College): 10-15 mins

The Annex is the area that is around (not just "above") Bloor from Spadina to, say, Duffrin.

Many students live in the Annex, and just walk to bike to school. Biking is big here. Whenver it's too cold to walk, you might consider the TTC. The Subway is fast and usually efficient (the College streetcar - a little less). You definitely don't have to insist on the Annex. I live west of the Annex, and it's still 15 mins subway ride.

How long will it take you to walk to Sid Smith or Robarts (the main library) from the Annex? depending on where you are. If you're around Spadina and Bloor - 15 and 10 respectively. If you're around Ossington - 25-30 mins. Queen's Park and Wellsley is on the other side of Campus, so add about 10 mins if you're coming from the west.

Apartments for rent here nornally don't come furnished. They would have a fridge, oven and stove tops, so you'll have to purchse furniture. Some places are all inclusive (hydro and heating), some aren't, so always check with landlords / rental companies when you go see a place.

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Does anyone know of a website where i find a roommate in toronto? I am looking at getting a two bedroom apartment; although i would prefer single, it is very expensive!

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Does anyone know of a website where i find a roommate in toronto? I am looking at getting a two bedroom apartment; although i would prefer single, it is very expensive!

Thanks again!smile.gif

Try craigslist of course, but also try sending an email to your department; they might be able to hook you up with another incoming student looking for a roommate.

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Does anyone know anything about the independent residences/colleges listed on the university website (http://www.housing.utoronto.ca/residence/Independent.htm)? They look relatively cheap and central, but just seem strange because I've never attended a university that had residences like these.

Do any of them allow pets? I assume not, but the terms and conditions don't explicitly mention pets being forbidden so I'm not sure. I want to bring my pet with me, but it doesn't look like I'll be able to find an affordable place to live that will allow me to bring her with me. I may end up leaving her with my parents as I'll only be attending UofT for one year.

Another thing is, if my SO ends up moving in with me, would we both be able to live in one of these places if we're not married and only I am a UofT student? Are there any specific advantages to living in these places instead of normal university-managed accommodation?

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Anyone have any advice about finding an apartment in Chinatown/Kensington Market? I've looked around on Craigslist and similar sites, but since most buildings there seem to be smaller and not like the corporate high rises elsewhere near the UofT campus, I'm having a tough time finding much info. Also everything available is for now or starting May 1st - when can I reasonably expect to start finding things for September, and when such places are advertised, how competitive will I have to be to get my hands on a place? Any suggestions about finding an apartment (ideally looking for a bachelor) around that area would be much appreciated!

Also, how far out really is St Clair and Spadina from the UofT campus? Apartments seem to get a little less expensive up there, and it doesn't look horribly far on the map, but I can't really tell. I have been living in a very small town for some time now so adjusting to city distances and public transport realities is a bit tough for me to handle!

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Hi folks,

I'm moving to Toronto for school in the fall and I wondered if anyone who there knows a good realtor? Someone who's on the buyers side, trying to negotiate the best deal... I'm looking especially in Toronto West- between High Park and U of T preferred, and close to the Bloor line.

Thanks,

Melissa

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I live at Queen/Bathurst and it only takes me about 20min to walk to U of T, so don't limit yourself to the Bloor area...consider the south!

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I live just south of Kensington, on Augusta. I found my place on the UofT housing website in August two years ago. So you can find places right up to the month before you want to move in...

Anyone have any advice about finding an apartment in Chinatown/Kensington Market? I've looked around on Craigslist and similar sites, but since most buildings there seem to be smaller and not like the corporate high rises elsewhere near the UofT campus, I'm having a tough time finding much info. Also everything available is for now or starting May 1st - when can I reasonably expect to start finding things for September, and when such places are advertised, how competitive will I have to be to get my hands on a place? Any suggestions about finding an apartment (ideally looking for a bachelor) around that area would be much appreciated!

Also, how far out really is St Clair and Spadina from the UofT campus? Apartments seem to get a little less expensive up there, and it doesn't look horribly far on the map, but I can't really tell. I have been living in a very small town for some time now so adjusting to city distances and public transport realities is a bit tough for me to handle!

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I have been offered a spot at U of T. They are giving me $32,000 for the first 2 years, and $26,000 thereafter. How hard would it be to live in Toronto with this amount? Would I live reasonably or would I be living like a pauper? :P I am single and do not have a family to care for. I do not really drink or party or anything, but I do like to study at cafes (where of course I end up buying a cup or two every time) and eat out a lot. I also enjoy the occasional outing to the movies, etc. Thanks!

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I have been offered a spot at U of T. They are giving me $32,000 for the first 2 years, and $26,000 thereafter. How hard would it be to live in Toronto with this amount? Would I live reasonably or would I be living like a pauper? :P I am single and do not have a family to care for. I do not really drink or party or anything, but I do like to study at cafes (where of course I end up buying a cup or two every time) and eat out a lot. I also enjoy the occasional outing to the movies, etc. Thanks!

Hi immaterial! Congratulations on your acceptance! Toronto is an expensive city, but you should be able to manage comfortably on that stipend provided that your (international?) tuition doesn't eat into it too much. If it's that stipend + free tuition -- wowza! You'll be a king amongst grad students. :P

In any case, there's lots of good advice on this board about where to look for housing. A reasonable price for a one bedroom appears to be $800-$1000 and up, depending on where and how nice the place is. Look for a place that has heat and hydro included -- paying for those, especially if you have baseboard heating, can run you hundreds of dollars in the winter. If you want to walk to campus, you'll probably be sharing a place. If not, look for somewhere along the subway routes as a couple of stops from campus will be cheaper and arguably just as convenient.

As for eating out a lot, Toronto is a fantastic foodie city. You'll love it. Don't miss Summerlicious and Winterlicious twice a year. Having a three course lunch at Auberge du Pommier for $25 while all your 9-to-5er friends are stuck at the office is a lovely student experience.

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You should be more than fine with that amount- $800-$1000 is in the higher range for an apartment around here- I know a lot of people in the University of Toronto area who have decent places in the $500-$700 range (as long as you are willing to have a roommate or two).

Personally, I love Toronto- there is always something to do, tons of restaurants and shops, you can get around without a car, it is generally considered safer than a lot of other cities. I definitely think it is the best place to be in Canada (but I know canucks outside of T.O. might take issue with that statement ;) )

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Got into Toronto's MHSc program in Clinical Engineering. Haha they told me 1500 guaranteed department funding + paid internships....I hardly think that will cover my tuition fees. What is close by to 164 College Street Toronto, Ontario in terms of living options?

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Got into Toronto's MHSc program in Clinical Engineering. Haha they told me 1500 guaranteed department funding + paid internships....I hardly think that will cover my tuition fees. What is close by to 164 College Street Toronto, Ontario in terms of living options?

Congrats!

It might be hard to find something affordable right on College/University, but there are some affordable places farther up north. It really depends on what you are looking for and what your budget is gonna be. I live near St. Clair/Bathurst, so I'm roughly 20 minutes from Queen's Park station by TTC, and I pay about $899/month plus hydro for a one bedroom apartment. I think you'll be fine as long as you are in the downtown core --- it's really easy to get around Toronto if you have easy access (by bus, streetcar, walking distance) to a subway station. So you are looking at anywhere from $500 for a bachelor to $1000 for a one bedroom apartment. Neighborhood-wise, I'd recommend the Annex. Feel free to pm me if you have any questions.

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Seems that this topic is overwhelmingly filled with U of T grad students.

I was recently accepted to Ryerson for grad studies beginning in the fall. Never been to Toronto, have had a few friends who have attended both Ryerson and U of T, but would like to get people's opinions on here as well.

I'm not sure if I have a need to live right downtown, north of Bloor is fine, I was looking at maybe the Davisville or St Clair neighborhoods. Proximity to subway would be great for me as it would be my primary mode of transport to and from school.

Looking to spend about $850-$950 (or $1000 maximum all inclusive) for a 1 bedroom. Looked around Craigslist and saw some decent renovated stuff, a lot of the rentals seem quite old though. Would prefer a more modern place.

Opinions? Any other places I should look? I noticed someone mentioned Roncesvalles (sp?) earlier in the thread. Any other neighborhoods?

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Seems that this topic is overwhelmingly filled with U of T grad students.

I was recently accepted to Ryerson for grad studies beginning in the fall. Never been to Toronto, have had a few friends who have attended both Ryerson and U of T, but would like to get people's opinions on here as well.

I'm not sure if I have a need to live right downtown, north of Bloor is fine, I was looking at maybe the Davisville or St Clair neighborhoods. Proximity to subway would be great for me as it would be my primary mode of transport to and from school.

Looking to spend about $850-$950 (or $1000 maximum all inclusive) for a 1 bedroom. Looked around Craigslist and saw some decent renovated stuff, a lot of the rentals seem quite old though. Would prefer a more modern place.

Opinions? Any other places I should look? I noticed someone mentioned Roncesvalles (sp?) earlier in the thread. Any other neighborhoods?

Congrats!

Check http://www.trivestdev.com/prices.html They have apartments in the Forest Hill/Wychwood area, close to St. Clair W-Eglinton W stations.

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Congrats to everyone!

I absolutely love Toronto. I'm paying about $850 for a tiny studio-apartment in The Annex. Great neighbourhood: pleasant, fairly quiet, within walking-distance of the U of T, several grocery-stores, several subway- and bus-stops, and lots of nifty shops on Bloor Street West.

There are lots of apartment-building overview things at viewit.ca.

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could anyone provide me info about bringing a usa registered car to toronto?

i live in buffalo so id be commuting back home on the weekends. would it be necessary to get ontario plates?

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Well I would most definitely argue that one....

I wouldn't. :P

And Engin33r, I see plenty of cars with Buffalo plates in Toronto, so I don't think you have to worry about getting Ontario plates as long as you are commuting back and forth.

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Only visited Toronto, (2000 & 03) and loved it. If you shop around things neednt be the most expensive I found in terms of food and other essentials. Great record stores too. I have fond memories of having a long conversation with someone over there about a favourite band of mine from the UK. I was surprised that he'd heard of them for one, but he knew pretty much everything. It was just one example of the genuine friendliness of the people I met there.

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