Housing

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:

Conestoga College makes no warranty or representation regarding any premises, landlords or leasing agents that are listed on this website or any links provided herein. The listings are simply provided as a convenience to assist students in locating possible housing opportunities.
Conestoga has not inspected or investigated any premises or links in any way, inclusion of these various websites or links shall not be construed as an endorsement or approval by Conestoga College.
Conestoga College disclaims any responsibility, among other thndition of any premises, terms of any leases, or compliance with any municipal or provincial rules or regulations established in the Landlord Tenant Act of Ontario.
All prospective tenants are strongly encouragemmon sense and good judgment when evaluating prospective rental units and landlords.
If you have questions about si any other rental documents, you may wish to seek legal advice.


Housing Options

There are lots of housing options for you to choose from depending on your needs and preferences. Be sure to find a place close to your campus and easily accessible by regular and frequent public transit.

On-campus Residence

Please note that on-campus Residence facilities are only offered to students at our Doon and Cambridge students, subject to availability. Students at other campuses must find off-campus or homestay placements.

Doon/Cambridge Campus Residence

Who Can Apply?
All students enrolled full-time at Conestoga can apply to Residence. Please note the Residence building is convenient to only Doon (Kitchener) and Cambridge campuses. For other campuses, please check other options provided on this page.
How to apply?
Apply through My Housing Portal.
Take a look at Residence Rooms.
When to apply?
Spaces get filled several months before each intake, so please apply as soon as possible.
Cost?
Residence Cost
Your Conestoga College tuition account is separate from your residence fees account. Please do not instruct your banking institution to pay Conestoga College for your housing costs.

Please contact Residence if you have any questions:

Conestoga College Residence
99 Conestoga College Boulevard
Kitchener, ON
N2P 2N5
Phone: 519-895-2272 | Fax: 519-895-2688
Email: info@conestogarez.ca

For more details, visit: Doon campus Residence.

Off-campus Rentals

Live off-campus with other students or in your very own apartment! There are many options for off-campus housing in the community.

Where to find advertisements for student housing:

Please note: the following are not affiliated with, or monitored by Conestoga College.

Please note that the following groups are not affiliated with, or monitored by Conestoga College, but many students find them useful for finding a roommate:

Other Resources

Housing Checklist

When looking for rental accomodation, ask:

  • Is the rental near Conestoga College? How long does it take to travel to the campus?
  • How close is the grocery store/pharmacy/bus stop?
  • Is the rental near different bus routes for easy travel?
  • How early or late does the bus run?
  • What is included in the rental price? (Gas, water, heat, electricity, internet, laundry, furnishings, parking)

When viewing potential rental accommodations:

Do:

  • Take your camera or cellphone to take pictures.
  • Walk around the building and neighbourhood. Do you feel comfortable?
  • Do the doors have locks? Does each bedroom have its own lock?
  • Ask if the entrance and street are well lit and safe to walk at night.
  • Walk to the nearest bus stop.

Check:

  • Who is responsible for cleaning? (indoors, lawn maintenance, snow shoveling, leaf collection)
  • When is garbage and recycling collected?
  • Are appliances in working order? (Stove, oven, refrigerator, washer, dryer)
  • Are the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed?
  • Are the fire exits easily accessible? Is there a fire extinguisher in the unit? Was it checked in the past year?
  • Is there evidence of mildew, ceiling & wall cracks or rodents/cockroaches?

Ask:

  • Who and how many people are you sharing the unit? (male, female or coed?)
  • What spaces within the unit are shared?
  • Are there house rules? (smoking, pets, food, noise levels)
  • Can family and friends visit and/or stay? Is permission/prior notice needed?
  • Is the rental unit licensed? ***If unit needs a license and does not have one, the landlord is not allowed to rent the unit & city officials can evict you.***

When applying for a rental place, take:

  • Proof of income / Letter of employment or enrollment
  • Government Issued ID
  • Credit Check
  • References from past landlords
  • Guarantor might be needed for apartment rentals

When renting a place, take:

  • First month's rent on 1st day of lease.
  • Last month's rent deposit.
  • Signed copy of your lease.
  • Note your landlord's contact information.
  • Bedding and furniture if not included.
  • Has the landlord promised to clean/paint or repair the unit before you move in? ***If so, get it in writing!***
  • Take pictures of unit on first day.
Homestay

Homestay is a program that matches international students with local host families to live with while studying at Conestoga.

Conestoga College partners with Canada Homestay Network Inc. (CHN) to administer our Homestay program.

Includes:

  • a private bedroom
  • food for three meals per day and
  • the opportunity to live with a Canadian family

Cost:
Effective September 1, 2017, homestay fees will be $825 for four weeks with a minimum eight-week placement required, plus a $220 placement fee.

To apply:
Canada Homestay Network

Contact Homestay Regional Manager Irene Frezell by email or call 519-489-7051 ext. 2029

Temporary stay

Didn’t secure housing before you arrived?

If you do not find housing before you arrive in Canada, you must book temporary accommodation. Book in advance with a valid credit card by phone or online through the hotel’s website or other booking websites such as booking.com, expedia.ca and hotels.com. Don’t forget to identify yourself as a Conestoga student when booking to receive discount rates.

For Doon and Cambridge campus students:

Four Points Sheraton
210 Preston Parkway, Cambridge ON, N3H 5N1
1-519-635-2690
Free Shuttle Bus to Conestoga College during Orientation Week
This hotel is about 6 minutes by taxi (approximate taxi fare is $16) or 15 minutes by public bus ($3.50) from Doon Campus.


Quality Inn
2899 King Street East, Kitchener, ON N2A 1A6
1-866-373-4910
Free daily hot breakfast
This hotel is about 11 minutes by taxi (approximate taxi fare is $25) or 30 minutes by public bus ($3.50) from Doon Campus.


Sunbridge Hotel Cambridge
200 Holiday Inn Dr, Cambridge ON, N3C 1Z4
1-866-375-8241 extension 518, Corporate and Group Sales
Free Wi-Fi, pool, gym and coin laundry.
This hotel is about 11 minutes by taxi (approximate taxi fare is $27) or 1 hour by public bus from Doon Campus.

For Waterloo campus students

Comfort Inn Waterloo
190 Weber St N, Waterloo, ON N2J 3H4
1-519-747-9400
This hotel is a 10 minute walk to Waterloo campus.


Quality Inn
2899 King Street East, Kitchener, ON N2A 1A6
1-866-373-4910
This hotel is 1 hour bus ride away from Waterloo Campus.


St. Paul's University College
195 Westmount Road Waterloo ON N2L 3G5
519-885-1460
Hotel-style guest rooms are offered all year round. This hotel is 15 minutes by bus to Conestoga’s Waterloo campus.


Hotel Laurier
200 King Street North, Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5
1-519-884-0710
This hotel is only available from May to August and is about a five minute walk to Conestoga’s Waterloo campus.

For Guelph campus students

Comfort Inn Guelph
480 Silvercreek Parkway, Guelph, ON N1H 7R5
1-519-763-1900
This hotel is about 10 minutes from Guelph campus by public transit.


Super 8 Motel Guelph
281 Woodlawn Road West, Guelph, ON H1H 7K7
1-519-836-5850
Email: super8.guelph@rogers.com
This motel is about 10 minutes from Guelph campus by public transit.


Days Inn Guelph
785 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON N1G 1Y8
1-519-822-9112
This hotel is about 45 minutes from Guelph campus by public transit.


University of Guelph Conference Services (only available from May to August)
University of Guelph, University Centre 432, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
1-519-824-4120 Ext. 52353
Email: spevent@uoguelph.ca
This option is only available from May to August.

For Brantford campus students

Days Inn Brantford
460 Fairview Drive, Brantford, ON N3R 7A9
1-519-759-2700
This hotel is about 10 minutes from Brantford campus by taxi (approximate taxi fare is $25) or one hour by public transit.


Best Western Brantford Hotel and Conference Centre
19 Holiday Dr., Brantford, ON N3R 7J4
1-519-753-8651
This hotel is about 10 minutes from Brantford campus by taxi (approximate taxi fare is $25) or 30 minutes by public transit.


Housing FAQ

Does the college provide me with accommodation?
No, the college does not provide students with short-term or long-term accommodation. It is the responsibility of the student to secure accommodation arrangements for themselves. 
Who can I rent a room from?

There are many ways to choose a rental:

  • You can choose to rent directly from a landlord, either in an apartment building or a private home.
  • You can choose to rent from a student, taking over their lease in a “sublet.”
  • You can choose to share rooms with students, if you have the landlord’s permission.
How much does it cost to rent a room?

Costs differ based on the size of the room, utilities, amenities offered (pool, gym, etc) and location. Don’t forget to check Google Maps to find out how you can travel to campus, and how long it will take you.

  • Private room with shared bathroom and kitchen: approximately $425+ per month per person
  • 1-bedroom apartment with private washroom and kitchen: approximately $1000+ per month
  • Shared room: approximately $350+ per month (not always available – check with landlord)

Utilities (payments for heating, air-conditioning, water and electricity) as well as Wi-Fi may be additional to the rent you pay, so please ask your landlord before you sign papers.

Can I share a room with another student?
Please note that you need a landlord’s permission for room sharing.

For more accommodation information, email Conestoga’s International Transition Coordinator.