Finding Accomodation in Toronto | Aussie Arrivals
Hey there beautiful people! So we have established that Brampton sucks! Even the locals agree and I’m not one to go against the locals…well not yet anyways.So lets the hell out of here! I luckily have some family in Milton who took our homeless asses in for a couple weeks while we sorted ourselves out. Shout out to Mel and Lance! Love you guys. But now we have to find something long term and let me tell you the struggle was real. When you first arrive in Toronto and plan on staying long term the problem is nobody will give you a lease for the obvious reasons that.
- You have just arrived in Toronto
- You have no credit history
- You have no rental history
- You have no employment
- You have no Canadian anything!!
Well Dam! This my friends is a very real problem, so how do you solve it? For us it was Trip Advisor. We knew we wanted to be closer to Downtown Toronto, close to transport and in a area with a little bit more of an overall vibe. Through Trip advisor we found our first cosy little basement apartment and then the wildly overpriced upstairs apartment in Bloor West Village. Don’t get me wrong Bloor West is great if you are already established and have some serious funds behind you but for us especially in the basement it was kind of a bummer. Basement apartments are super popular in Toronto many home owner convert there basements into “finished basements” which act as stand alone apartments this includes a kitchenette bathroom, private access full bedroom and pull out. Look this could have been perfectly fine if there were two bedrooms and slightly higher ceilings but after being in each others pockets for over a month already Alexis and
I needed more space for our own sanity. The cost of moving upstairs especially not having jobs was a lot! The basement was $2400 for a month and upstairs was $3000 (this was apparently a discount)…yer I know thats a lot of coin. But the apartment was really nice very spacious and best of all came fully equipped. We had another Aussie friend who was also coming to Canada and he stayed with us for a while which helped out immensely. By the time we got to month 2 in Bloor West we had jobs and we knew we had to find something more affordable and even closer to the downtown core.
So it was a daily job of ours to look at ads and reply and look for our new home. Which came in the form of a Terrace in Kensington market. THANK YOU JESUS!! We were so close to separating the bougie backpacker and LX at wits ends trying to find a sublease that accomodated the both of us or possibly the 3 of us that when this place came up I poured all my energy into getting it! It took us 3 months to find our place. 3 months of doubts disappear and generally just lagging. It was stressful and ultimately we should have done better.
So there are a few facebook groups that you should join before you arrive in Toronto, don’t make the same mistakes we did and try to wing it once your there, PREPARE!! Join the following groups make arrangements that fit your budget and requirements for at least the first 3 months then you can find something that is closer to your job or favourite area.
We found our Kensington place through Bunz Home zone it was honestly a hot luck, the girls living here previously were twins and were moving out of state so not only were there two same size rooms there was furniture and kitchen utensils and bathroom stuff so we basically brought our bags some linen and were plug and play good to go! WOO HOO, thank you Universe thank you. I very nearly was going to go back to Australia for a moment there. We love Kensington Market so much it is a vibrant neighborhood right in the heart of downtown Toronto, we have space and creature home comforts as well as Awesome cafes and bars just around the corner not to mention its walking distance from TO’s booming China Town and ya know ya gurl loves her some Asian food so it was and is a win all round. I’ll delve deeper into Kensington market in another post and when some comes I’m so excited to see all the life well come to life.