Living in Halifax

Everything you need to know about being a Haligonian

Whether you're just starting your apartment search or you're all moved in, there are some things you need to know before you can really settle into the community. We've put together some tips, suggestions and resources that will give you a head start to making yourself at home.  We really enourage you to think about your personal needs and wants from your new home before you make any decision such as signing a lease! Consider the following:

  • Transportation
  • Weather
  • Roommates
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Food Sources

What are the average costs?

Start getting your finances in order with a glimpse into how much it will cost to live in Halifax. See Rental Costs to learn more about average apartment costs. See Utilities & Services to learn more about average utility costs.

Where should I start looking?

It's probably best to begin within walking distance of Dal's main campus. See Walk to Campus for a helpful map of the city and the campus. If you need to look further out, see Transit & Transportation to learn more about getting around town

If you are a full-time student during the academic year, your student fees include a UPass – an unlimited transit pass to get around town easily.

Keep in mind, apartments closer to campus tend to be more expensive than those a little further away, so if you are comfortable travelling by bus, you can save on rent costs.

Halifax Regional Municipality

With a population of almost 450,000 people, Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia and the educational, cultural and economic hub of Atlantic Canada. See to learn more about the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Weather in Halifax varies by season, from warm summer days to leisurely falls, crisp-fresh winters, and vibrant springs. The summer months (June-September) tend to be warm with temperatures ranging from 18°C to 30°C*, cooling off in mid-late September. Throughout the winter months (December-March), temperatures typically range from -15°C to 2°C*. Temperatures begin to rise again in late March/early April.

*Temperature ranges are approximate. For historical data and current weather conditions in Halifax, visit the Environment Canada website.