Steps to Renting

 

1.  Look for places that fits your needs.  Some things to keep in mind -

Transportation

  • Consider how you will get from your home to your campus
  • Ensure that the distance and location reflects your ideal mode of transportation (walking, cycling, busing, driving a personal vehicle.  
  • If you are walking, try to live as close to campus as possible. In Nova Scotia, we experience all seasons (spring, summer, fall, and winter) and all forms of precipitation (rain, freezing rain, hail, and snow) as well as different wind speeds and humidity levels
  • If cycling, check to see if there are bike lanes and a place to store your bike. On all Halifax campuses, we have bike parking availability. There is bike parking on the Agricultural Campus, however, the Town of Truro and the Village of Bible Hill do not have any official bike lanes.
  • If bussing (HRM Transit), ensure that your accommodations are on or near a bus route that can get you to and from campus. You can use your Dalhousie UPass to get around.
  • If driving a personal vehicle, ensure that your accommodation has parking options. Also, you will need to purchase a Dalhousie parking pass
  • On occasion you may be in a rush, taxi services are available (eg. Casino taxi, uber)

Weather

  • In Nova Scotia, we experience all seasons (spring, summer, fall, and winter) and all forms of precipitation (rain, freezing rain, hail, and snow) as well as different wind speeds and humidity levels
  • Check to see if your accommodation has snow removal, if not plan for a way to remove snow in the winter
  • In NS we also get tons of wind and rain, ensure that your dress appropriately for the weather and that your accommodations include services to make you comfortable (AC or Heat, hurricane safe)

Food Sources

  • Meal plans are available to off-campus students. Click here to learn more.
  • Ensure that you can easily access grocery stores using your preferred mode of transportation
  • Local food stores (Indian, African, Syrian, Middle Eastern, Chinese)

Utilities (internet, heat, cable)

  • Think about what makes you comfortable
  • In some place’s landlords control the thermostat
  • Fees for each will vary 

Laundry

  • Many apartments in Nova Scotia have sheared laundry rooms with coin/ chip/ laundry card-operated machines
  • Is having an in-unit one important to you?
  • Some buildings do not have any laundry on-site, consider where the nearest laundry mat is

Furnished or Unfurnished?

  • Most long-term accommodations are unfurnished
  • Think about how much you will need to set aside for furniture
  • Think about how you will get new furniture into the place, will you need help from movers or rent a truck?  Click here for some possible resources

 

2. Visit the housing options in person (or over a virtual real-time tour).  This step is important as it helps to ensure that what you see matches the lease you will be signing.

 

3. Submit a rental application

 

4. The lease agreement 

 

5. Read and understand the lease, ask questions, and make necessary adjustments

 

6. Sign and submit lease with security deposit, tenant's insurance, and first month's rent 

 

7. Arrange your move

 

For mor detailed information please visit the Being a Tenant page of this site.