Welcome to Vancouver!
Moving to a new city can be challenging let alone finding accommodation! To help you with this process we’ve outlined some of the key tools and neighbourhoods when looking for a home.
The following websites are different places to search for a place to live in Vancouver. They all vary so we suggest you check each each one out to help you make a decision.
A marketplace where you can find listings from renters or homeowners looking to rent out their apartment or home. You can set your budget, distance you’d like to be from BrainStation, plus other requirements such as the number of bedrooms, parking, etc.
A classifieds listing site, where you can find short and long term rentals. These listings are posted by the owner of the home and you can choose your price range, and preferred location.
Very similar to Airbnb, but another site to use to try and find different options.
Vancouver Neighbourhoods, and Transit Tips
Kitsilano | Close to the beach and just outside of downtown, “Kits” is an athletic and relaxed area where you can frequently find people enjoying the seawall, practicing yoga, swimming in Kits pool or getting coffee/brunch. There is no direct skytrain to Kits (closest one is Olympic Village), you can either take a direct bus into downtown or walk/bike over the Burrard Bridge. Building types are older walk-up styles, older houses or basement suites.
West End | Similar to Kitsilano, the West End is a quiet, residential neighbourhood in the centre of downtown. Close to beautiful English Bay with many trees and restaurants, the neighbourhood has older buildings with lots of character while still having affordable rent. With no connected skytrain, suggested commuting is walking, taking the bus or driving if you have a car!
Yaletown | A trendy and expensive neighbourhood in Vancouver, this area has restaurants, cafes, shopping, clubs and bars while being close to the seawall and Round House Skytrain Station. The area has an older demographic and can be quite loud at night.
Gastown | Central but more expensive, Gastown is home to cobblestone streets, trendy boutiques and filled with working professional, bars and hip coffee shops. Although locals frequently hang out in the area there are many tourists as it’s a quick walk to Waterfront Station. This neighbourhood is a 10 minute walk from our BrainStation campus.
North Van (Lower Lonsdale) | If you enjoy nature and outdoor activities the Northshore is a great spot where you can have the best of everything. Slightly removed from the city, Lolo has locals call is currently in a massive renovation with new restaurants, bars and healthy cafes opening regularly. To commute downtown, you can either take the sea bus from Lonsdale Quay to Waterfront Station (couple of blocks away from our campus) or you can bus or drive across the Lions Gate or Second Narrows Bridge.
South Granville | Beautiful heritage buildings, quiet side streets and expensive boutiques, this is the price you pay for high ceilings, wooden floors and big windows. Centre to numerous bus routes that take you straight downtown.
Mt Pleasant/East Van/Main St | Farther from the downtown core, this residential area has tons of funky bars, restaurants, art galleries, craft breweries and “hipster” boutiques. With great parks to hang out in and numerous farmers markets, transportation is very frequent and easy with the Skytrain and busses along Broadway.
Broadway/Cambie | Close to the action of downtown but just over the bridge, this area has quiet residential streets while still having a humming atmosphere that is close to Vancouver General Hospital. Great inexpensive restaurants with diverse cuisines, small shops line this busy street that is filled with commuters. The 99 Broadway bus and Broadway Skytrain make it easily accessible to travel anywhere in the city on a tight timeline.
Olympic Village | On the expensive side with a cool industrial vibe, this neighbourhood is close to craft breweries, Science World and the water. Enjoy an easy commute to work by either biking the seawall or hopping on the Canada line via the Olympic Village Skytrain Station.
Things to note:
- Biking around the city is a great way to commute in the Summer as Vancouver has great bike lanes.
- Check out Scout Magazine, The Daily Hive and Vancouver is Awesome for places to eat, explore and stay up to date with local news.
- Outside of Vancouver there are amazing adventures. Whether you want to go skiing in Whistler, go camping on the Gulf Islands or head to the interior for wine tasting and lake swims, there are tons of things to do when living in Vancouver, no matter the season!