Accommodation in Calgary

Calgary has seen a massive amount of suburban development in recent years. Unfortunately, despite this development, the competition for good-quality housing is so stiff that prices have sky-rocketed. Although still not nearly as expensive as Vancouver, the price of accommodation in Calgary is now easily comparable to that found in Toronto and amounts to a serious challenge for expats budgeting for their move.

Types of accommodation in Calgary

Expats moving to Calgary will find a range of accommodation options available to them. Choice is often limited according to the particular area in which a person wants to live, as well as their budget.

The overwhelming majority of Calgarians live in stand-alone houses, with apartments, row houses, duplexes and semi-detached houses making up the balance.

Those looking for property in particular areas will need to act fast to secure their home, as demand tends to be high and there isn’t always an abundant stock of property available.

Finding accommodation in Calgary

Both furnished and unfurnished accommodation options are available in Calgary – with the former generally being much more expensive than the latter.

It is highly recommended that expats do a little pre-trip research about areas and suburbs in Calgary so that they can decide where to start searching for a home. It is also useful to familiarise oneself with the process of renting property in Canada and the types of documents potential tenants will be expected to present in order to secure a lease. 

When searching for accommodation in Calgary, it's always a good idea to start with online listings, as these are updated most regularly. Expats should also check out the daily editions of the Calgary Herald and the Calgary Sun – the city's leading newspapers, both of which carry rental listings.

If expats find no joy in looking for a place to stay on their own steam, they can enlist the services of a real estate agent. These professionals can be very helpful, as they are familiar with the local property market and the logistics surrounding leasing and negotiations.

Since roughly two-thirds of Canadians own their own houses, and since many landlords don't want to bother with the hassle of finding their own tenants, estate agents often will have a mandate over the best rental properties in the city. However, as helpful as agents can be for new arrivals finding a place to stay, they will exact a fee for this service. This fee can range from anywhere between 10 and 100 percent of the monthly rent.