Off-Campus Housing Services for Students

Online Housing Services in the Hamilton Area

Please note: The information provided on these on-line housing lists are not associated with Mohawk College. This service is provided for your convenience only and Mohawk College does not accept any liability whatsoever for your participation in any of these services.

The accommodations have not been inspected by Mohawk College and Mohawk College makes no representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information posted or the suitability of any accommodation. Mohawk College assumes no responsibility in regard to any accommodation, lease, or other arrangement made with the landlord or any arrangements made by students sharing the accommodations. 

 

Student Life offers many off campus housing services for students including:

  • Courtesy telephone for contacting prospective landlords
  • Free print-outs of listings
  • Free forms and resources
  • Free two-month sublet posting to full-time post-secondary students

More Resources & Information

11 Ways to Be a Good Neighbour PDF

While living off campus it is important to build good relationships with the neighbours in your community. Check out our "11 Ways to Be a Good Neighbour" for helpful tips and links to resources in your community. 

Roommate Etiquette Guide PDF
One of the most important aspects of living off campus is your relationship with your roommates. A conflict with a roommate can have a great impact on your success as a student. The Roommate Etiquette Guide will help you to avoid these kinds of conflicts and give you guidelines that will help you resolve issues that do.

Other helpful publications:

Living with Roommates - Things to Consider

Negotiating a roommate agreement may not be your highest priority when starting out in a new place. However, experience has shown that even the best of friends can become bitter enemies after several months of sharing an apartment. It is highly recommended that an agreement be completed after an honest discussion about issues and personal habits. In some cases, an agreement might be advisable before signing a lease as people may discover that they are not suited to be roommates.

Below are some of the concerns that should be discussed.

1) Rent

Money can be the single biggest issue to cause friction between roommates. It is important to ensure what amount is being paid and by whom. For example, if one person shares a room, do they pay less than the roommate who gets a single room, or if all roommates get a single room, does the person with a smaller room pay less? Also, does each roommate pay their share to the landlord or does one roommate pay another and that roommate pay the landlord?

2) Other Charges

It is important to know what exactly what costs are shared when living together. Cable, food, Internet, etc., are important issues to decide. It is also necessary to have a system about when payment is made or required. For example, if the cable is in the name of one roommate and the other roommate(s) are required to share costs, is the payment by the other roommates due when the bill is received or the deadline on the bill? Remember, if the roommate(s) payment is due on the same day as the deadline for the bill, the roommate who actually pays the bill could have a problem. It is recommended that a policy be established that a payment is due a certain number of days after a bill is received or a certain number of days before the deadline on the bill.

3) Rooms

If the rooms are identical, choosing one may not be a concern. But, if one room is larger than the others, or has a better view, some negotiation will be necessary. It can be as complicated as negotiating a different rent for each room or as easy as a coin flip to determine who gets a particular room.

4) Obligations

Chores can be mundane or easy depending upon individual needs and talents. Whether it be washing dishes, cooking, general cleanliness or cleaning the bathroom, it is necessary to determine a level of tolerance for certain tasks. Sometimes its beneficial to set up a schedule and/or alternate duties on a weekly or monthly basis.

5) Summer Months

Often students are not present during the summer months or stop in occasionally. It is beneficial for various reasons to ensure that everyone knows what is happening during the summer period. If the place is vacant for an extended period of time, it would be a good idea to have a friend check in on it for security reasons, pick up the mail, or water the plants. If tenants are going to return at varying times throughout the summer, it would be prudent to coordinate those dates.

6) Subletting

There are two primary situations that involve subletting. One is when you sublet in the summer to get extra income. The second is when a roommate leaves for whatever reason and wants to sublet to meet their monetary obligations. In the first case, it is necessary to discuss who will sublet and how the income will be divided. Does the sublet have use of the entire apartment or just one bedroom and the common area (it is advisable to have a written agreement with the sublettor). In the second case, there should be some discuss as to whether the sublettor needs to be approved by all parties or if the sublettor needs to be a non-smoker or the same gender as the remaining roommates.

7) House Rules

Often this can be the most difficult topic to discuss. One issue may irritate a roommate but they do not want to say anything because it may be interpreted as "complaining" or "whining" by other roommates. In these situations, the irritation festers until a person "blows up" over what might appear to be a minor issue. It is strongly advised that some ground rules be set regarding the following issues:

  • NOISE - Early morning or late at night being caused by stereos, clock radios, simply talking late at night with a visiting friend, etc.
  • COMMON COMPLAINT - My roommate likes to listen to his/her stereo (even at low volumes) late at night.
  • GUESTS - Can consist of mutual friends, visitors vs overnight guests, partners, or even parents.
  • COMMON COMPLAINT - My roommate has his/her partner over every Friday and Saturday night or they stay for a week at a time.
  • PERSONAL ITEMS - Could include many things at varying degrees ie. bedroom vs common area or bathroom items vs items in the fridge, etc. Note: It may be worthwhile to do a property list to ensure that everybody knows which items belong to each roommate.
  • COMMON COMPLAINT - My roommate went into my bedroom to borrow my hair dryer and told me a couple of days later when I could not find it.
  • SMOKING - Decide if roommates can smoke and where it is acceptable to do so.
  • COMMON COMPLAINT - My roommate and I agreed that we would not smoke indoors but my roommate has a friend who smokes in our apartment. After 3 hours the apartment stinks!
  • LEAVING MESSAGES - It's always important to have good communication between roommates- designate an area ie. fridge door to have messages for each other.
  • COMMON COMPLAINT- My roommate never writes down messages or tells me after the message becomes irrelevant!
  • STUDYING ARRANGEMENTS - Are there times when visitors will not be allowed? Maybe two roommates prefer using the same area to study.
  • COMMON COMPLAINT - My roommate likes to work on the computer late at night. The computer doesn't bother me but the keyboard clicking does!
  • PETS- What is allowed in the lease and what will my roommates agree to?
  • COMMON COMPLAINT - My roommate and I agreed to not have a cat or dog but at Christmas s/he got a gerbil that runs on its wheels all night!

8) Vacating & Moving Out

It's important to know what will happen at the end of a lease agreement. It should be incorporated in the agreement that all parties have a discussion in early February as to what is going to happen in April. If one roommate is going to give their notice to vacate (which the Landlord and Tenant Act requires to be submitted to the landlord in writing 60 days before the end of a lease) then each roommate should require each other to give a copy of the notice to other roommates so that they can decide if they are going to stay or give their notice as well.

 

Contacts

Mountain Legal Clinic
905-575-9590

MSA Lawyer
William Reid
william.reid [at] mail.com

Landlord & Tenant Board
119 King St. W., 14th Floor
Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y7
1-888-332-3234

Hamilton-Wentworth Health Inspection Dept.
P.O. Box 879
Hamilton, ON L8N 3P6
905-546-3570

Hamilton Tenant Helpline
hamiltontenanthelpline [at] gmail.com

Transportation

Utilities

  • Union Gas: 905-545-8444
  • Hydro Electric System: 905-522-6611

Cable TV

  • Hamilton Rogers: 905-548-8844
  • Source Cable: (Hamilton Mountain) 905-574-6464
  • Cogeco (Downtown & Ancaster) 905-522-3012
  • Mountain Cablevision: 905-389-1347

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