Happy Thursday Badgers!

Today I want to talk to you about living off-campus. I mentioned in a previous blog post that living off-campus is inevitable for most Badgers, because residence is only 100% guaranteed for students coming directly out of high school. This is because while living on-campus is convenient, the residence experience caters to new students, as it provides a lot of supports for socialization, mental health, and academia. And while I loved my residence experience, I loved the independence and responsibilities of living off-campus too.

St. Catharines has diverse off-campus options of townhouses, houses, and apartments. You can rent from a landlord or sublet from students. You can rent houses with a group of friends or join an existing group of tenants. You can live alone in a bachelor pad or with friends. Popular off-campus areas include the nearby mall and grocery store, by the Downtown area, or by Brock University. Prices will vary, but you can expect to pay approximately $450 with utilities (hydro, electricity, and maybe even internet and cable) included. Leases tend to be 12-months but you can try to compromise with your landlord or sublet your room to students studying over the summer–or even take Spring/Summer courses yourself!

For first-year students, I would recommend that you begin your research for off-campus living in December. But to begin browsing listings now, click here!

Until next time,



About Hana

Hey there! My name is Hana and I am a fourth year Child and Youth Studies major in the Primary/Junior level of the Concurrent Education program. In this final year of my undergraduate degree, I am embarking on exciting new journeys, like completing an Applied Research Project and readying myself for Teacher Education. I hope that through my blog posts I will be able to share some of my 'wisdom' with you young grasshoppers, and that you will be able to join me in this adventure. So read on, my friends!

2 Responses to Living Off Campus at Brock

  1. Hi Hana,

    I’m happy to report that our Brock Residence guarantee has changed for next year. Now all first-year students (even those who are not coming directly from high school) are guaranteed, as well as some transfer students, provided that the residence application and application fee are received by our deadline of June 1, 2015.

    We’re also able to offer a new returning student guarantee for the first 100 returners to apply to qualify. And we’re able to let them know right away so they don’t have to wait until the end of June to find out they’ve got a spot. Details are available on our website!

    Our brand new Gateway Suites residence is also opening for next Sept 1, 2015. It’s catered toward the needs of upper-year students with no Residence Life Staff. It operates under the Tenant Protection Act and we’re offering the choice of a 12 or 8-month lease.

    • avatar Hana says:

      Hi Department of Residences,

      Wonderful, thank you for sharing that information with our readers and myself. I’m sure our current students will be thrilled to hear about this new opportunity as well!

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