Thinking about living off campus? Get help finding a place, learn about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, and discover some handy tips for moving out when the time comes.

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Contents

Phase 1 Find a place
Phase 2 Currently a tenant
Phase 3 Move out
Contact us If you need more help with your search, contact us

Phase 1

Find a place

1. TYPES OF HOUSING

When you’re looking to live off campus, you have a lot of options. Traditional apartments are often the first choice, but you may want to explore other options depending on your needs. Whatever your choice, start your search early and check listings often, as new ads are posted daily. Keep your budget, personal needs and preferred location in mind to ensure you find a place that fits what you're looking for.

NOTE: The University does not investigate, endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of the information provided by any listing. The University assumes no responsibility in regard to any agreement made with a landlord or any arrangements made by students sharing accommodations. These accommodations are located off-campus, are not affiliated with U of T, and operate under their own policies and guidelines.

 

Private and shared rental housing

Traditional apartments, homes and townhouses, or privately owned and operated residence-style housing located off-campus. Login to the Housing Finder to start your search, and use our Roommate Finder tool to find other students to live with!

 

Cooperative/Non-profit housing

Visit www.coophousing.com for information on what’s available in Toronto and how to apply.

 

Rent-geared-to-income (Government-subsidized housing)

Housing Connections manages the centralized waiting list for subsidized housing in Toronto. Subsidized housing, or rent-geared-to-income rental units, are funded by government programs and allow eligible tenants to pay reduced rental rates based on their household’s annual income.

Searching for housing from a distance?

If you need to arrange housing from a distance, here are some important things to keep in mind:

  • Request photos and floor plans so you have an idea of what to expect when you arrive at your new home.
  • Consider if the place will be big enough for you.
  • Consider if the place includes the facilities and services you want.
  • Make sure you know who the landlord is, how they can be reached and to whom you will be giving your deposit.
  • Ask for recommendations from friends and family who know your housing needs and have experienced living in Toronto.
  • Ask a family member or friend to view the housing for you if they live locally.
  • Make sure you get what you were promised after you arrive.

 

 

2. CALL A POTENTIAL LANDLORD

Contacting a landlord is your opportunity to make a good first impression before seeing a place.
When you call, it is important to sound professional and have some questions ready. This is when you can clarify any details about the advertisement and request an appointment to view the place.

You may find this sample phone script (attached PDF) useful.

 

3. INSPECT A PLACE

Before you agree to rent a place, we strongly recommend that you meet the landlord, inspect the premises and visit the neighbourhood. Taking the time to do so will ensure you are able to make an informed decision around things like neighbourhood safety, accessibility, lighting and maintenance.
Be sure to inform your landlord in writing of any questions or concerns you may have. This will allow the landlord time to prepare the place before you move in.

If you inspect the rental accommodation that you have found through our services, and your evaluation of the premises or the landlord is negative, make sure you discuss your concerns with us.

Useful resources

 

4. DISCUSS THE TERMS AND CLOSE THE DEAL

Found a place you like? Great – now it’s time to discuss the terms of your lease agreement and close the deal.

As a tenant, it is important to be aware of your rights and responsibilities as well as those of your landlord. The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) is the law that governs the relationship between most property owners and tenants in Ontario.

The Rental Agreement is a negotiable binding legal contract which should list the names of everyone who will be living in the unit. It may be oral or written, although a written agreement is recommended in case of future disputes and should not contain any rules or conditions not allowed by the RTA.

Be prepared! 
When you meet to sign your lease, make sure you’re prepared with the following:

  • First and last month’s rent cheques
  • References from previous landlords
  • Your current contact information
  • Any other requirements stated on your lease

Before signing an agreement, make sure your questions are answered and the terms of the lease are clear.

 

Find more forms, documents and resources in our forms section.  

Phase 2

Currently a tenant

Keeping your rental dwelling well-maintained and running smoothly can take a little bit of effort. Here are some resources to make it easy.

Assigning and subletting

Repairs, maintenance and pest control

 

Find more forms, documents and resources in our forms section.  

Phase 3

Move out

Time for a change of scenery? Here are some tips to make moving out as painless as possible.

There are a few different ways to move out:

 

Moving day checklist

1. Make arrangements with your landlord

It is important to give proper notice to your landlord before moving out. This often means up to two months advance notice. Remember, you may need to use your landlord as a reference in future, so be respectful about how you leave.


2. Make a moving-day list

The day of your move can be pretty hectic. Making a list will ensure nothing is forgotten. Include the schedule of your moving day, who will be doing what, and if possible an inventory so you don’t leave anything behind!


3. Schedule movers

There are many movers around the GTA. The Ministry of Consumer Services has created a list of quick tips on hiring movers and blogTO has a list of some of the best movers in Toronto. Of course, you can also ask any friends or family if they`re available to help… but be prepared to return the favour! And of course, be sure to provide food and beverages to keep them energized and as thanks for their help.


4. Arrange for storage

If you need a place to store your stuff, consider renting a storage unit.

We recommend Find Storage Fast – they make it easy to find the perfect storage facility.

 

 

5. Start picking up boxes

Many grocery and department stores have boxes you can take for free. This is a great way to save some cash!


6. Purge as you pack

Take this opportunity to donate or get rid of anything you don’t want or use. Items such as clothes, books and furniture are always appreciated at local charities or shelters.

 

7. Update your address

Once you have confirmed your new address, you should change your mailing address with the government and anyone who might need to mail you something, like family and friends. It’s also a good idea to update your identification.

 

Legal information

For more detailed information about the legal side of moving out, such as giving notice and how to move out early if you need to read about Moving out and the law.

 

Other useful resources:

 

Find more forms, documents and resources in our forms section.  

Contact us

If you need more help with your search, contact us and schedule an appointment today!