If you have any financial concerns and are interested in looking for ways that might help to reduce your housing payments, please visit the Financial Aid Office in C203.
Click below to view a listing of accommodations:
Please note that the listed accommodations are not inspected by Vanier College.
The Student Services office provides housing information for students who are seeking rooms, apartments or shared accommodations in the St. Laurent area. Details such as rent, location, furnishing and facilites are included in each notice.
Rental costs for furnished rooms in private homes range from $300.00 to $425.00 per month; apartments range from $450.00 to over $850.00 per month depending on the number of bedrooms, facilities, etc. Remember that the monthly rent payment will not be your only cost. Heating, cable, telephone, transportation, parking and food will be added expenses. Many students share apartments in order to reduce these costs.The best time to look for accommodation is from the end of July onward, the busiest period being the middle 2 weeks of August. Itis essential that your search be undertaken in person; be prepared to invest the time and attention required to find accomodations that are to your satisfaction.
The Lease In Quebec, apartments are usually leased for a fixed period of one year. The normal lease starts on July 1 of each year and ends on June 30th of the following year. In the past, however, landlords have agreed to one-year leases that start in August or September, as well as eight or ten-month leases.
Here are some basics
Before committing yourself to a lease, the following items should be checked:
- Do all the appliances work?
- Are the locks on the entrance door of the building and on the door to the apartment in reasonable condition?
- Check the taps for hot water and water pressure.
- Are the drains clogged?
- Are the sinks or bathtub cracked or leaking?
- Check for water damage.
- Is heat included in the rent, or does the tenant pay for it?
- Does the apartment have its own thermostat? Are there radiators or heating ducts in each room?
- Is the dwelling well insulated? Check to see if the windows fit properly.
- Is there proper ventilation? Do all the windows in the unit open?
- Are there locks or bars on the windows that are at street level?
- Are there fire exits in the back and front of the building?
- How would one get out of the building in case of fire?
- Is there a smoke detector in the apartment and hallway?
- Are janitorial services offered?
It is Legal for a Landlord to:
- Ask for a reference for the purpose of a credit check.
- Require a co-signer for students without a steady income.
- Limit the occupancy of the apartment to a certain number of people stipulated in the lease.
- Refuse to terminate a lease at the tenant’s request.
- Ask tenants to leave for a short period of time in order to make repairs.
It is Illegal for a Landlord to:
- Ask for a deposit (other than the first month’s rent).
- Ask for the last month’s rent at the beginning of a lease.
- Ask for post-dated cheques.
- Ask for payment of more than one month’s rent.
- Refuse to give the tenant a copy of the lease.
- Raise the rent in mid-lease.
- Terminate a lease before it expires.
- Forbid a tenant to sublease unless the landlord has a good reason.
Remember that a lease is a contract which is legally binding, so make sure that you understand what it is that you are signing. An oral lease is also fully binding, as is an approved application to lease. There is space on the lease for additional clauses to be added, and if the landlord offers to paint the dwelling, make repairs or do anything else before you move in, make sure that these promises are written in the additional space on the lease. Problems sometimes occur when tenants accept these promises verbally. Check out the Régie du Logement du Québec’s Frequently Asked Questions page.
Bell and Hydro
Call Bell at (514) 310-2355 in order to connect your telephone. Bell requires that you provide them with two pieces of personal identification such as your driver’s license or Medicare card. You have the option of renting a phone from Bell for a monthly charge or of buying your own. There is an installation fee of $50 (plus tax) for the telephone line, which usually takes a few days to connect. In addition, Bell can also charge a refundable deposit which can range from $100 to $500 and is refunded after eight to twelve months. If you are responsible for the electrical bills call Hydro-Quebec at 385-7252 to inform them of the date you will be moving in.
NOTE: If you do not give at least three months’ notice to the landlord that you plan to move, you will be responsible for the rent for another year.
Is is strongly recommended that you buy insurance against fire and theft (ask your insurer for a Tenants’ Package).