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Short-term housing: exchanges, visiting researchers

Staying in Toronto for a few weeks to a few months? Here are your options for finding accommodations in downtown Toronto.  

At present, Ryerson does not offer short-term housing accommodations on-campus (excepting the Commuter Hostel which offers individual nightly stays if you only need one or two days). 

Please note: we endeavour to keep the website updated, but it is possible this information may become outdated before we are aware of changes. We encourage you to always search for reviews about any accommodation option before proceeding to book a stay. 

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General information

Start searching 44 to 60 days prior to your intended move-in date

Apartment units with September 1st lease start date usually begin appearing in June, with the majority appearing mid-July to the end of August. The Toronto housing market is competitive and properties move quickly, so it is important to be proactive in checking daily and contacting landlords immediately.  

Understand Toronto's housing market

Toronto's rental market is both highly competitive and expensive, so compromise will be necessary to separate your deal-breakers from your nice-to-have amenities. Flexibility is essential—there are many variables (price, location, distance from transit, having roommates, and in-building amenities) but only some of them can take priority. 

Find a rental within a reasonable distance

You can use Google Maps to check the distance of each apartment to campus. You can use the Ryerson Student Learning Centre as a reference point on campus, as classes are typically within a 5-minute walk of this building. 

You may wish to get a sense of Toronto's varied neighbourhoods when you are searching. Ryerson is in the Yonge-Dundas area, and many of our students have found rentals in areas including Church-Wellesley Village, Cabbagetown, St James Town, the Annex, Kensington, Chinatown, and Baldwin Village. 

Search within 3kms of campus to keep your walk within 30 minutes. 

Another option would be to try to live further out from downtown but close to a subway stop, as you can likely get a better deal on rent and still have a reasonable commute. For reference, Ryerson's closest stop is Dundas Station (not to be confused with Dundas West station however). 

A large number of Ryerson students rely on the subway to get from home to campus. This would allow you to live as far out as the districts of Etobicoke, Scarborough, or North York which are significantly further away from Ryerson but still ~40 minutes by subway provided you live close to the station. 

You can get a discounted student metropass through the Ryerson Student Union.


Prepare against scams

It is important that you or someone trusted view a unit before agreeing to a lease as housing scams are unfortunately common in large cities. Make sure to research the address and landlord name to see if there are any reports of scams connected with either. 

Landlords want to get their place rented—if they're making excuses for why you can't come see the unit, or are asking you to send money in advance, this is likely a scam. 

Remember: you should only ever pay money at the moment you are signing the lease. Toronto landlords cannot ask for a security or damage deposit; only for first and last month's rent, and a key deposit only in the amount it would cost to replace the key but you should only be paying this after you have seen the unit and are signing the lease. 

We understanding it can be challenging to search for a unit from abroad. You have two main options to still ensure that the unit is being physically viewed and checked out before you sign a lease:

This may mean you have to come to Toronto a week earlier and stay in a hotel or hostel and attend viewings in person before agreeing to sign a lease. You can look into local hostels and Homestay options for the night.

An popular option that is inexpensive and safe is Hosteling International which is about a 10-minute walk south of campus—please keep in mind that they fill up quickly.

There is a paid service called Kanaree who you can arrange to have view a unit on your behalf. They will send one of their staff to the unit to take photos and give you a report. 

Please note: this service is being shared for information only. Ryerson Housing & Residence Life does not investigate, rank, endorse, or recommend any particular company.

Search for sublets and short-term leases

Our partner Places4Students is an excellent resource, as property listings are posted regularly. You can use the Ryerson campus postal code to sign up for a Places4Students account: M5B 2K3.

Look for a sublet via Places4Students. A sublet is a short-term rental where you are renting from a tenant who is absent for a period of time (such as going on exchange or taking a co-op job in another city). Sublets are ideal because they are almost always furnished, and tenants looking to sublet out their unit may be willing to cover the cost of utility bills such as internet and hydro in order to get their unit rented.

Look for a short-term lease via Places4Students. A short-term rental is simply a lease with a shorter duration than 12 months, where you are directly renting from a landlord. ​ Short-term rentals are not too common in Toronto (most Toronto leases are 1-year), but you may find some by searching "room for rent in a shared house" or “furnished basement apartment”.


Other websites you may want to look at:

Padmapper
Viewit 
Condos.ca
Kijiji (apartments/condos)
Bunz Home Zone Facebook Group
The University of Toronto Housing Finder ($20 access fee)
Homadorma   

Delsuites                                                                                                 

 

Please note: these websites are shared as a listing service only. Ryerson Housing & Residence Life does not investigate, rank, endorse, or recommend any particular properties/listings. 

Refer to our tips on avoiding scams. It is extremely important that you attempt visit the unit in person before agreeing to sign a lease. 

Try a student-residence building

Student-housing buildings may offer you a short-term lease along with basic furniture. As they are not owned or operated by Ryerson, you will need to do your research on them and contact them on your own.

The two most popular buildings for short-term (4 month) leases are Neill-Wycik and Tartu College. They fill up quickly so it is recommended to contact them as soon as you have determined your exchange dates and to join their waiting list.

There are three other buildings which do not offer specialized short-term housing but may be able to assist you with taking over a current resident's lease or sublet. They are called: Campus Common*, Parkside*, and CampusOne*.

*Disclaimer: The buildings marked with asterisks identify Sponsors of the Off-Campus Program. Sponsorship enables us to offer educational support, tools and resources for living off-campus to Ryerson students living off-campus. Ryerson University does not however investigate, rank, endorse, or recommend any particular properties/listings.

Consider a homestay

Homestay involves living with a family who has a home in Toronto, and paying rent to them directly. Many of these families offer ESL support and their homes will be a comfortable and safe environment during your stay in Canada.

Prices are set by the host family (either nightly or monthly).  

Amenities may include: meals, TV, air-conditioning, wheelchair access, parking, wireless internet, a private or shared bathroom, games room, kitchen, housekeeping. Amenities will differ per host.

Homadorma is Ryerson's preferred homestay service.

Please note: these websites are shared as a listing service only. Ryerson Housing & Residence Life does not investigate, rank, endorse, or recommend any particular properties/listings. 

Refer to our tips on avoiding scams. It is extremely important that you attempt visit the unit in person before agreeing to sign a lease. You can pay for a real person to check out the unit through a service called Kanaree

Use a short-term housing finder

Our partner StayBillety is a great resource for short-term stays. If you’re looking for just weekend or even a few weeks, StayBillety is an accommodation service dedicated to connecting guests like yourself with hosts who have shared interests. You can sign up for a free account to check out all the listings and make booking requests—make sure to use the code RAMS when booking!  

Look at guest houses

Guest houses and inns are private accommodation with no meals included. 

It is possible this information may become outdated before we are aware of changes. We encourage you to always search for reviews about any accommodation option before proceeding to book a stay. 


Victoria’s Mansion Guest House
68 Gloucester St. | 416-921-4625 | info@victoriasmansion.com​

Rates: 
Single: $79-$99/night, $474-$594/wk, $1,200-$1,350/mth 
Dble: $109/night, $654/wk, $1,400/mth 
Amenities: A/C; parking avail; cable TV and wireless internet; kitchenette; coin-laundry; free local calls; pet friendly (lower level only) 
Transit: short walk to Wellesley subway station; 16 min walk to Ryerson campus or 10 min by subway

www.victoriasmansion.com

 


Annex Guest House
241 Lippincott St. | 416-588-0560 | annexguesthouse@gmail.com

Rates:
Single: $450-$500/wk, $1,200-$1,300/mth
Basement Suite Single: $550/wk, $1,550/mth
Basement Suite Double: $650/wk, $1,650/mth
Third-Floor Suite Single: $750/wk, $1,850/mth
Third-Floor Suite Double: $850/wk, $2,000/mth 
Amenities: A/C; parking avail.; cable TV and internet; kitchen; deck; laundry; complimentary coffee and tea
Transit: short walk to Bathurst streetcar, Wellesley bus, and Bathurst subway station; 35 min walk to Ryerson campus or 25 min by streetcar

www.annexguesthouse.com

 


Spadina 11 Guesthouse
11 Spadina Rd. | 647-882-3313 | elevenspadina@gmail.com

Rates: 
Single: $50-$74/night, $329-$487/wk, $900-$1,600/mth
Double: $72-$85/night, $473-$559/wk, $1,600-$1,900/mth
Amenities: wireless internet, paid street parking avail.; free local calls; coin-laundry; microwave and mini-fridge; daily housekeeping; private or shared bathroom; common kitchen on main floor
House Rules: Non-smoking
Transit: short walk to Spadina subway station; 35 min walk to campus or 20 min by subway

www.spadina11guesthouse.com

 


A Woman’s Guest Room
On Huron St. at Bernard Ave. (in the Annex) | 416-929-9759 | 416-418-9759 (cell) | ans-rmt@sympatico.ca​

Rates: 
Room: $99/night, $169/2 nights, $235/3 nights, $65/night for 6 nights, $448/wk, $1,399/mth
Turn-key Studio: $1,899/mth (3-month minimum)
Amenities:  A/C in upper rooms; street parking avail.; shared rooms; local TV and wireless internet; free local calls; weekly housekeeping; in-room fireplace; kitchenette; complimentary coffee, tea, and filtered water in room; coin-laundry; non-smoking.
House Rules: We offer a non-smoking & perfume/fragrance-free environment. Women only. Cat in residence. 
Transit: short walk to Dupont, Spadina, and St George subway stations; 40 min walk to Ryerson campus or 25 min by subway

www.awomansguestroom.com

 


Stay in a private-residence

Apartment-style residences are private residences with cooking facilities.

It is possible this information may become outdated before we are aware of changes. We encourage you to always search for reviews about any accommodation option before proceeding to book a stay. 


Annex Accomodations & Apartments
219 Spadina Rd. | 416-922-5601 | annexpropertyltd18@gmail.com

Rates: $750—$1,150 per month including utilities
Amenities: A/C; private bath and kitchenette; parking available; cable TV and wireless internet; coin-laundry.
Transit: short walk to Dupont and Spadina subway stations; 25 min walk to Ryerson campus or 16 min by subway

 


Annex Accommodations & Studios
Multiple locations | 416-828-0841 | dolenzc@hotmail.com

Rates: $750—$1,275/month (utilities included)
Amenities: Air Conditioning; private kitchenette with small fridge, cooktop and microwave; coin-laundry; private washroom parking available; bright, furnished units; private mailbox; free WIFI; security system
Transit: short walk to Spadina and Bloor line subway stations; 35 min walk to Ryerson campus or 25 min by subway

 


 

Studio 6 Downtown Toronto
165 Grange Ave. | 416-603-7700 | susan@sterlinghotelscanada.com

Rates:
Jan—May $1,500/month
Jun—Oct $1,900/month
Nov—Dec $1,500/month
Jan—Dec [6th Floor Rooms] $1,200/month
Amenities: Private bathroom; free WiFi, wheelchair access; pet friendly (fee); A/C; wireless internet; coin laundry; cable TV; kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, stove top, and coffee maker
Transit: short walk to Dundas W and Queen W streetcar lines; 30 min walk to Ryerson campus or 15 min by streetcar 

https://www.staystudio6.com/en/motels.on.toronto.5900.html

 


Toronto Heritage Residences
Available from May to August only.
Multiple Locations I 416-979-3260 ext. 224 | thr1936@gmail.com

Rates: 
Room $55-$75 per night
House $700 per night
Amenities: AC or fans; fully furnished houses and rooms; private rooms; shared living room, kitchen and bathrooms; free WiFi; free laundry machine, dryer, detergent, fabric softener; complimentary tea and coffee, kitchen appliances and housewares; towels, toilet paper, hand soap; bed linens; clothes hangers; first aid kit, daily housekeeping in shared spaces (optional); some free parking (subject to availability)
Transit: short walk to Spadina, Dupont and St George subway stations;  40 min walk to Ryerson campus or 25 min by subway

www.torontoheritageresidences.com