Deciding Where to Live
UNBC overlooks the city from the top of Cranbrook Hill and is a short drive, bike ride, or bus ride to several nearby neighbourhoods. The neighbourhood dynamic, living costs, and transit routes are all things to consider when looking for off-campus housing.
The City of Prince George maintains a large inventory of maps including neighbourhoods, parks, trails, and other services. See maps on PGMAP
The BC Transit U-Pass gives UNBC students unlimited access on Prince George transit routes during a semester. More about our U-Pass
Things to Consider When Selecting Off Campus Housing
UNBC Housing & Residence Life does not maintain an off-campus housing directory. With the use of online listings/directories, students should communicate with potential landlords directly.
Before committing to a Residential Tenancy Agreement, and before making any payments, we recommend that you meet the prospective landlord in person, and inspect the unit (or have someone you trust inspect it for you). Your inspection may include seeking answers to the following questions:
- Do the appliances work?
- How loud is noise from street traffic or other students/tenants/children?
- Are there locks on all doors?
- Do the shower and taps work?
- Do the walls require new paint? Are you allowed to hang things on the walls?
- Is the carpet clean?
- What does the rent include? Will you have to pay extra for heat, wifi/internet, electricity, cable/TV, laundry facilities, storage, or parking? Who sets up the utilities?
- Is smoking allowed?
- Is the building pet-friendly?
- Do you have access to laundry facilities? Are they shared? Who pays for their use?
- Do you have to pay a security or damage deposit?
Once you commit to a Residential Tenancy Agreement, you may want to consider the following:
- Taking photos to document any existing damage or repairs that are needed BEFORE you move-in.
- Getting your rental agreement in writing, and making sure that you and your landlord have a copy of all signed agreements.
- Asking for proof of payment. Pay by cheque or money order, or ask for a receipt if you pay in cash.
- Getting tenant insurance. It is advisable that you insure your belongings against theft, fire, and other damage.
Know Your Rights
UNBC Housing & Residence Life does not assume any responsibility for agreement(s) made between students and landlords. We do not screen, inspect, warrant or approve any landlord, and cannot guarantee the quality or suitability of the accommodation.
We recommend you take time to review information on renting in Canada, leases, tenants’ rights, and dealing with landlords. Knowledge and preparation are key.