Guest Accommodation/York Suites
York Suites provides temporary furnished accommodation at the Keele campus (bachelor, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments). This accommodation can be for one night, several nights, or one month, up to a maximum of eight months. Depending upon availability, new faculty or administrative staff can rent for a maximum of two terms, September to December, and January to April. To be granted a temporary housing vacancy, new faculty or administrative staff require a letter from their Faculty office/hiring unit confirming their appointment or the department’s budget number (in situations where the Faculty will cover these costs).
Schulich School of Business – Executive Learning Centre
The Schulich School of Business at the Keele Campus has an Executive Learning Centre (ELC). The ELC facilities include 60 overnight executive-style guest suites, with queen size beds in all suites. A work area in each room, with complimentary high-speed internet access, is complemented with access to a fully equipped business centre, plus a guest lounge, laundry facilities and fitness centre. Overnight stay includes breakfast.
Hotels near York University
There are several hotels near the University (Keele Campus) that offer York University employees preferred rates:
Travelodge North York (Pet friendly)
Holiday Inn Express North York (Pet friendly)
Comfort Inn North York (Pet Friendly)
Extended Stay Deluxe Toronto-Vaughan (Pet Friendly)
3600 Steeles Avenue. W.
Vaughan, ON, L4L 8P5
Tel: (905) 856-9600
Courtyard by Marriott
150 Interchange Way
Vaughan, ON, L4K 5P7
Tel: (905) 660-9938
Residence Inn by Marriott (Pet Friendly)
11 Interchange Way
Vaughan, ON, L4K 4L4
Tel: (905) 695-4002
Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) - Canadian University Hotel Rates
York Universityis a member of CAUBO/ACPAU (Canadian Association of University Business Officers/Association canadienne du personnel administratif universitaire). University rates are offered to faculty and staff of member universities and colleges throughout Canada. These rates can be used for personal travel where indicated by the hotel (listed on the Web site that is provided in this section). Please note that the hotels may offer a promotional or special rate (such as a weekend rate) that may be lower than the `University’ rate. Feel free to ask for the best possible rate. Please note that hotels may require university identification upon arrival.
For a listing of hotels that give preferred rates to university faculty and staff, please refer to www.caubo.ca/pr/agreements_hotels_e.cfm. Click on the area called `Documentation’ for a list of all participating hotels.
Books on neighbourhoods: Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhoods, and Your Guide to Toronto Suburbs by David Dunkelman, provide information on the history of specific neighbourhoods, the architecture and style, the price range of homes, information on schools, libraries and transportation routes within each neighbourhood. Please see http://toneighbourhoods.ca for more information.
The following websites provide information on Toronto facts, neighbourhoods and demographics:
- www.toronto.ca/demographics, and
- This Web site provides information on Torontoneighbourhoods, including a map of each area and its boundaries: www.torontorealestateboard.com/about_TO/Neighbourhood/index.html.
There are a variety of resources that you can use to locate rental housing:
- On-campus housing options include the Harry Sherman Crowe Housing Co-op (please telephone 416- 736-8889 for more information) and properties at Assiniboine and Passey Gardens
- The Off-Campus Housing Office is a listing service for landlords in and around the Greater Toronto Area, of property ranging from bachelor apartments to five bedroom homes. This site is geared toward students sharing accommodation, and there are also many properties available for private rather than shared use.
- Craigslist Toronto provides local classifieds that include housing swaps, sublets and temporary accommodation. Please visit http://toronto.craigslist.org.
- Use www.viewit.ca to search and view properties by price range, neighbourhood, number of bedrooms and rental company.
- The Toronto Star newspaper: www.torontostarclassifieds.com.
- The Globe and Mail newspaper: www.globeandmail.com.
- Now Entertainment magazine – classifieds: www.nowtoronto.com/classifieds.
- Kijiji, a local Classifieds site for Toronto, http://toronto.kijiji.ca.
- `Greenwin Property Management’ has a listing of all Greenwin apartments including a virtual tour of each available apartment. Please see www.greenwinpm.com/sites/greenwin/index.cfm?useaction=rentalResidences.showList.
- Renters News is a free magazine guide. The Greater Toronto Area edition is available from the yellow newspaper boxes at many street corners and shopping plazas. It is also available online at http://www.hometrader.ca.
- Sabbatical Homes is an Academic Housing Network. Please visit www.sabbaticalhomes.com.
- Real Estate companies may also be able to assist. Examples of such companies are listed on the following page.
- For a guide to renting accommodation in Ontario, please visit www.settlement.org/downloads/Renting_in_Ontario.pdf.
- Some real estate agents are also willing to assist and members of the York University community may have accommodation/rooms to let. Please contact the Immigration and Relocation Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Buying or Renting a Home
There are a wide variety of real estate companies and agents that are available to assist you in your home search. The following lists of real estate companies and real estate agents in Toronto/Ontario are provided as a source of information (not as referrals).
Real Estate Brokerages
- Sutton Group-Admiral Realty Inc., Ilan Joseph Real Estate Team www.ilanjoseph.com
- Century 21 Leading Edge Realty Inc., www.century21.ca/jorge.branca
- Sutton Group Bayview Realty Inc., www.suttonbayview.com
- Royal LePage, www.mytorontohome.com
- Paul Slavens Real Estate Inc., www.paulslavens.com
- Homelife Real Estate Services Inc.: www.homelife.ca
- Chestnut Park Real Estate Ltd.: www.chestnutpark.com
- Remax Canada: www.remax.ca
- Forest Hill Real Estate, www.foresthill.com
- Prudential Real Estate, www.prudential.ca/intl/canada/cacrea1000.html
Real Estate Agents
Agents and their networks can be useful to find out about neighbourhoods, schools, resale properties, recent sales price history, mortgage brokers to assist with mortgages for newcomers, home inspectors, etc. Agent guidance can be especially helpful when buying older homes, such as those with knob and tube wiring, where their advice on securing insurance can give peace of mind. They are of less assistance with newly constructed homes, as these sales are usually handled by the builders' own sales staff.
The website link below can be used in order to check that an agent is registered and in good standing with their regulatory body.
Real Estate Agency Relationships
In Canada, an agent usually works on your behalf. You should not approach sellers or go on viewings yourself (unless it is a private sale). The practice is that an agent of your choice acts on your behalf to help you find suitable real estate. Most agents will pick you up and drive you around to show you properties. You will be encouraged to sign a 'Buyer Agency Agreement,’ especially before an offer can be made on a property, since the agent needs that authority to work on your behalf and ultimately receive their commission. Common practice is for the seller to pay the commission.
Real Estate Financing
As a new immigrant, an immediate barrier to purchasing a home may be the ability to qualify for a mortgage. Being new in Canada, you may not have had the opportunity to establish a credit history here, which is the primary qualification criterion used by most banks and lending institutions to establish the risk level of a borrower. You might want to consider using the services of a mortgage specialist/broker (whose fees are usually paid by the lending institution that ultimately advances you the borrowed funds). They have access to lending programs catering specifically to recent immigrants that may help you qualify for a mortgage at competitive rates, even without a credit history.
York University has a Housing Loan Guarantee Program. It offers a benefit to faculty and senior Confidential, Professional and Managerial (CPM) employees of the University who are purchasing a home who have a down payment of at least 10 per cent of the appraised value of a home, but do not have the requisite down payment of 20 per cent to qualify for a conventional mortgage thereby eliminating the requirement to pay Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation insurance premiums. The University will guarantee a loan from one of the banks or credit union designated by the University and chosen by the employee. Various conditions must be met. For more information about this guarantee, please visit www.yorku.ca/finance/divisions/LoanGuaranteeProgram.html, or contact the Treasury Department by calling (416) 736-5168 (internally x 55168)
If listed with the Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service, you can search for listings of real estate for sale anywhere in Canada and specifically in Toronto and the surrounding area by going to www.mls.ca.
For general information on buying or renting a home, please refer to the following websites www.mls.ca/StaticPage.aspx?f=Buying, and to www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca which includes a useful guide on Canadian housing for newcomers.
The Toronto Real Estate Board provides monthly real estate reports called Market Watch, which contain information and statistics on the housing market sales and price ranges of houses by district for the Greater Toronto Area. This information is available at www.torontorealestateboard.com/consumer_info/market_news/mw2006/pdf/mw0906.pdf.
Setting Up Your New Home: Utilities
- Bell Canada (home phone, internet, satellite TV, mobile phone) - Once you know where you will be living, you can order your land line phone service from Bell Canada at (416) 310-2355. If calling from outside of Canada, please call 1-800-668-6878 or visit www.bell.ca. Other service providers exist, but the line installation itself is usually handled by Bell.
- Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. (heating) - Can be contacted at (416) 495-6017, or you can visit www.egd.enbridge.com.
- Rogers (home phone, internet, cable TV, internet, mobile phone) - You may call 1-888-764-3771 or visit www.rogers.com.
- Toronto Hydro (electricity) - Can be contacted at (416) 542-8000 or by going to www.torontohydro.com.
- Water Works - For information on the water system, please call (416) 392-4546 or refer to www.city.toronto.on.ca/water/index.htm.
- Garbage and Recycling Collection Dates - Please contact (416) 392-7742 or visit www.toronto.ca/garbage/single/calendars/index.htm.
If you settle outside of Toronto, please contact the equivalent utility company for that city, e.g. if moving to Brampton, contact Hydro One Brampton. Details can be found in the yellow pages, available online at www.yellowpages.ca or on business directory website pages such as www.canada411.ca.