Renting Apartments Off-Campus

Published: July 10, 2019

There comes a time in every student’s life when they want to break free of dormitory living for a taste of more independence. Over time, many students grow tired of the boring cafeteria food, constant noise, and sharing bathrooms and kitchens with all the people on their floor. It’s normal.

So, what do you do? We understand that student living can be expensive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a rental apartment within your budget. Searching for a place to live that is close to your school, in a safe neighbourhood and within your budget can seem like a daunting task. Luckily, we did the research part for you!  

We looked at the average rent for one-bedroom rental apartments close to some of Canada’s top universities and compared it to the cost of living on-campus. Take a look below to see if renting an apartment close to your school is an option for you.

Western University

  • Average Rent within a 5 KM Radius: $1185/month
  • Traditional-Style Dorm with Single Room: $1746/month (includes mandatory meal plan)

Boardwalk Apartments Near Western University: Castlegrove Estates

Still unsure if you can fit renting an apartment into your budget? Maybe consider renting with a roommate. Not only is a great way to cut down on costs, but it can also lead to meaningful and lasting friendships. Check out this helpful article on how to be a great roommate: Roommates 101


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