We’re here for students, landlords and residents of Niagara. We’re committed to working hand in hand with students, landlords, residents and community partners to ensure all expectations of being a contributing member of our community are being met.

What We Do

Through our comprehensive Off-Campus Living listing site you can find rooms, houses or apartments for rent; find or post sublets; or even find or post for housemates. Our service is completely free for Brock students!

Off-Campus Living is here to help with lots of great resources for students and landlords – from finding accommodation, to making sure you’re equipped with the tools to understand tenancy laws and stay involved on campus.

Visit www.brockocl.ca to view the listings now!

The Off-Campus Living Dispute Resolution service provides free and confidential mediation services to Brock University students.  The service is focused on helping students and their landlord, neighbours or roommates come to a resolution with the help of a neutral, Brock staff member.  It is available to any student registered with Brock University.  This is a voluntary program that does not waive the participant’s legal rights.

Common issues that this service resolves include:

  • Roommate conflict
  • Landlord/tenant disagreements
  • Property issues (appearance, living condition)
  • Noise complaints

This service does not provide legal advice or take sides with one participant over the other.  It is also not an alternative to police involvement.  Generally, we will not intervene in a dispute unless both parties have attempted to come to a resolution on their own already.

If you are having difficulties with your landlord:

  • Attempt to come to a resolution with the other party and establish timeframes when appropriate
  • Document your concerns, including detailed notes, communication logs and photographs
  • Follow-up with the other party if the matter has not been resolved within the identified time frame
  • If the situation continues to be unresolved, contact the Manager, Student Affairs at dveld@brocku.ca or 905-688-5550 ext. 4041 to discuss a referral to the Off-Campus Living Dispute Resolution service

Off-Campus Living and Neighbourhood Relations at Brock University is committed to working with students, residents and community partners to foster positive neighbourhood relations.

Learn more about our programs and initiatives on the Neighbourhood Relations page.

 

Off-Campus Living is here to help. From finding accommodation, to making sure you’re equipped with the tools to understand tenancy laws and stay involved on campus.

Come and talk to use in the Student Life Involvement Commons in MCA 204 or visit brockocl.ca/resources/students for lots of great information – from fire safety tips to helping you student involved in campus life while living off-campus.

Additional Resources

Personal Counselling

Personal Counselling provides students with counselling services for those experiencing emotional, social and mental health difficulties.

Student Ombuds Office

This is a neutral party who advocates for fair policies, procedures, practices and decision-making on campus.  They are a safe space to voice concerns and gather information on available options as they are not required to notify University administrators, being an informal channel of resolution.

Student Justice Centre

The Student Justice Centre seeks to educate the student body about racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of prejudice, while advocating for equity through campaigns, programming and workshops.  They provide a safe space on campus where students can be who they are without fear of judgement.  Their staff is trained to provide Peer-to-peer support to victims of injustice, including those who have experienced assault, harassment, discrimination, or prejudice.   Finally, they address food security by operating the only food bank on campus.

BUSU Student Legal Clinic

BUSU has partnered with Toronto-based lawyer Alex Valova, of the Archer Law Professional Corporation, to bring free legal information to campus.

Niagara North Community Legal Assistance

Niagara North Community Legal Assistance is a non-profit legal clinic which promotes access to justice for low-income members of the community.  Responding to the needs of the community, the Clinic offers direct legal representation, summary advice, law reform, public legal education and community outreach.   Serving the legal needs of St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Lincoln, West Lincoln, Grimsby and Wellandport.

Tenant and Landlord Rights in Ontario

This resource provides an overview on all provincial rights for tenants and landlords residing in Ontario.

A Guide to the Residential Tenancies Act

This guide is a summary of Ontario’s Residential Tenancies Act (the Act) which came into effect on January 31, 2007. The Act sets out the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants who rent residential properties.

Legal Aid Ontario

This resource is an independent but publicly funded and publicly accountable non-profit corporation, which provides legal support to low-income individuals.

OCL Drop-in Hours

Have questions about living off-campus?
Visit the Student Life Involvements anytime!
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday between 2:00pm and 4:30pm
(while classes are in session)

Begin your search

Visit the off-campus living website to browse housing listings across St. Catharines and Niagara.