Settling In: Accommodation

Temporary Accommodations

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 month, up to a maximum of eight months, depending upon availability. New faculty or administrative staff require a letter/email from their Faculty office/hiring unit confirming their appointment or the department’s budget number (in situations where the Faculty will cover these costs).

For more information, please refer to the Accommodation & Conference Services website. If you are interested in make a reservation, please email


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.

For more information on guest accommodation at Schulich, please refer to the Executive Learning Centre website. You may also call (416) 650-8300 or email for guest room bookings.


Hotels Near York University

Several hotels near York University's Keele Campus offer employees preferred rates.

Travelodge North York (Pet Friendly)

50 Norfinch Drive
North York, ON, M3N 1X1
Tel: 416-663-9500 Toll-free: 1-800-578-7878

Holiday Inn Express (Pet Friendly)

30 Norfinch Drive
North York, ON, M3N 1X1
Tel: (416) 665-3500 Fax: (416) 665-0807

Comfort Inn North York (Pet Friendly)

66 Norfinch Drive
North York, ON, M3N 1X1
Tel: (416) 736-4700

Staybridge Suites

3600 Steeles Avenue. W.
Vaughan, ON, L4L 8P5
Tel: 1-905-856-9600 Toll-Free: 1-800-561-9946

Courtyard by Marriott

150 Interchange Way
Vaughan, ON, L4K 5P7
Tel: (905) 660-9938 Toll-Free: 1-866-239-3202

Residence Inn by Marriott (Pet Friendly)

11 Interchange Way
Vaughan, ON, L4K 4L4
Tel: (905) 695-4002 Toll-Free: 1-866-239-3202


Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) - Canadian University Hotel Rates

York University is 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 it is 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 the CAUBO website. Click the 'Documentation' tab for a list of all participating hotels.

Renting Property

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 (call 416- 736-8889 for more information) and properties at Assiniboine and Passey Gardens.
    • The Off-Campus Housing page 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.
    • Use View It to search and view properties by price range, neighbourhood, number of bedrooms and rental company.
    • The Toronto Star newspaper.
    • Kijiji, a local Classifieds site for Toronto.
    • Greenwin Property Management has a listing of all Greenwin apartments including a virtual tour of each available apartment.
    • Sabbatical Homes is an Academic Housing Network.


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
    • Some real estate agents are also willing to assist members of the York University community that may have accommodation/rooms to rent. Please contact the Immigration and Relocation Officer at 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:


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 Real Estate Council of Ontario can be used to check that an agent is registered and in good standing with their regulatory body.

Real Estate Financing

As a new immigrant, an immediate barrier to purchasing a home may be the ability to qualify for a mortgage. Being that you are new to Canada, you may not have had the opportunity to establish a credit history in the country. Credit history is a primary qualification 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 offers a Housing Loan Guarantee Program for faculty and senior Confidential, Professional and Managerial (CPM) employees of the University. To qualify for the program, employees must be purchasing a home that has a down payment of at least 10% of the appraised value of the home, but do not have the 20% down payment that is required to qualify for a conventional mortgage. If all requirements are met the university will assist in providing a loan for the employee, thereby eliminating the requirement to pay Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation insurance premiums.

York will guarantee a loan from one of the banks or credit unions designated by the university and chosen by the employee. Various conditions must be met. For more information about this guarantee, please visit, 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

For general information on buying or renting a home, please refer to the following websites, and to  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


Setting Up Your New Home: Utilities

Bell Canada

Home Phone, Internet, Satellite TV, Mobile Phone.
Canadian Phone Number: (416) 310-2355
International Phone Number: 1-800-668-6878

Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.

(416) 495-6017


Home Phone, Internet, Cable TV, Internet, Mobile Phone.

Toronto Hydro

(416) 542-8000

Water Works - City of Toronto

(416) 392-4546

Garbage and Recycling Collection - City of Toronto

Garbage collection dates are based on region.
(416) 392-7742


For information about municipalities outside the City of Toronto (Peele, Durham, York Region) please see help sheets on the right-hand side.

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 or on business directory website pages such as