Housing for International Students

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on housing options tailored specifically for international students. We understand the unique challenges and needs that international students face when searching for accommodation. Whether you're embarking on a new academic journey or seeking a comfortable place to call home during your studies abroad, we've curated a range of housing options to suit your preferences and budget.  

Explore our listings, tailored to ensure safety, affordability, and comfort, empowering you to focus on what truly matters: your academic and cultural experiences.

Need Help finding housing?  

We have a team of dedicated arrivals and transition specialists who can help you navigate the complexities of making housing arrangements, understand living options in the City of Hamilton and beyond, allowing you to focus on making the most of your international student experience. You can contact our arrivals team by e-mail arrivals [at] mohawkcollege.ca (arrivals[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca) and register to attend a Housing Help session.  

Make sure to review our Transitioning to Canada: Essential Planning Webinar Series. This series is intended to help you think and learn about the essentials for your journey to Mohawk and your new life in Canada.  

Visit Transitioning to Canada 


Here on a short-term program or as an exchange student?  

These convenient housing options and resources are also available to students who will be studying on an exchange or in a short-term program you can connect with our global engagement advisor or visit:

 Explore Student Housing


Staying informed and connected

Stay informed on iCent. iCent is an app for International Student at Mohawk. You will find valuable information about the City of Hamilton, Housing, Health Insurance, Airport Transportation and much more.  This app is mandatory for you to download 

Visit the App Store or Google Play and download the app.

Frequently Asked Questions 

  1. What housing options are available for international students?

    There are various housing options for Mohawk international students, including the on-campus Mohawk Residence, the Linden Hall Residence in downtown Hamilton, and Spaces Shared. Students may also choose to search for off-campus rentals, homestays, and shared accommodations. We provide resources and guidance to help students explore their options.

  2. How do I secure accommodation before arriving in Canada?

    It's recommended to start your search early. Mohawk College details housing options on the website, and holds a Housing webinar for international students as part of the Transition to Canada Essential Planning Series, students can also find Housing Help workshops on our Events website.

  3. What should I consider when choosing accommodation?

    Factors such as location, budget, facilities, proximity to campus, safety, and the leasing process are important. Research the neighborhood, read reviews, and consider your preferences to make an informed decision.

  4. How can I prepare for my arrival in Canada?

    Ensure you have all necessary documentation, including your passport, study permit, and letter of acceptance. Familiarize yourself with the Canadian culture, weather, and transportation options. It's also wise to have emergency contacts and essential information readily available. Participate in the sessions offered by the different teams at Mohawk College to help you prepare for arrival and in your transition to your new country.

  5. What support services are available upon arrival for international students?

    At Mohawk College we have dedicated orientation programs for international students, offering guidance on settling in, academic expectations, healthcare, and more. They often provide support through orientation sessions, workshops, and peer mentoring programs.

  6. How do I navigate Canadian culture and societal norms?

    Engage in cultural exchange activities, join student clubs or associations, and attend cultural events to immerse yourself in the local community.

  7. What resources can assist with my transition to Canada?

    Utilize resources provided by the College, such as international student advisors, counseling services, language support programs, and community engagement opportunities through Student Life and Mohawk’s International Language and Culture Centre. Connect with International Student Ambassadors as they may have had many of the same questions you have now before they arrived.

  8. What are the transportation options for getting around in Canada?

    Canada offers various transportation modes, including buses, trains, subways, and taxis.

  9. What should I do if I face challenges or need additional support during my time in Canada?

    Reach out to the Mohawk College international student services team, who are equipped to assist with various challenges, including academic, personal, or cultural adjustments. Additionally, consider joining student clubs or support groups through Wellness for additional assistance and community connection.

  10. Where can I find support for my housing search?

    Please email arrivals [at] mohawkcollege.ca (arrivals[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca) and our team will be able to assist you in supporting your housing search.

  11. How can Mohawk College help me in securing a place to live?

    We highly encourage you to consider Mohawk Residences; we have also joined forces with SpacesShared and have a team to support you with your off-campus housing search by providing resources and tips for you to make an informed decision. You may attend our Arrivals team webinars, and housing help workshops, or drop in for one-on-one support. Please email arrivals [at] mohawkcollege.ca (arrivals[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca) and our team will be able to assist you.

  12. How can I learn more about On-Campus Residence?

    You may learn more about Mohawk Residence on our website and through our Arrivals Coordinators: https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/current-students/student-housing/mohawk-residence

  13. Where can I find more information about pickups/airport transfers?

    You may refer to our international students entering Canada information https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/international-students/entering-canada/arrival-in-canada

Want to learn more about events for International students? Visit our Calendar of Events

Do you have any suggestions, feedback, or testimonial to share? Email arrivals [at] mohawkcollege.ca (arrivals[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca)