Living off campus

Please note that the links and resources listed below are provided for information only.

Coast Mountain College does not endorse any business or resource listed on this page and is not responsible for the accuracy of information provided on these external links or by these external entities. Off-campus housing arrangements are at the discretion of the student who makes these arrangements.

Both international and domestic students look for housing options in the communities where CMTN campuses are located. To make this transition easier, here are some things to think about when looking for off campus housing:

  • Try to see the house you will be renting in person before you pay a deposit. 
  • Can I walk to my campus or bus stop?  
  • Is there furniture (bed, table, sofa)? What supplies are provided (cooking appliances, utensils)?
  • Are utilities included (cable television, Internet, etc.) or are these added costs to my budget?
  • How much is the damage deposit fee? 
  • Does the rental have parking?
  • Is there a washer and dryer to clean my clothing? If not, is there a laundromat nearby?
  • Where will I live short term if my move-in date does not match my arrival date in Canada?

Online listings

An easy way to find housing off campus in Terrace, Smithers or Prince Rupert is through online listings. Here are the most popular places to look:



Prince Rupert

Housing resources

Please find below local resources in Terrace to help you find housing. Please inquire with the organizations for more current information.

Off campus housing resources - Terrace

  • Kermode Friendship Society

  • BC Housing

  • Airbnb

  • Local Hotels

  • Ksan Society

  • M'Akola Housing

  • Shelters

Additional information

Your budget

How much are you able to spend each month on rent? Planning your budget before arriving in Canada will save you money long term. In Terrace, Prince Rupert and Smithers you can expect room rentals to be $600-$900 per month. House, apartment and basement suite rentals are usually $1200 or more per month. 

Rental agreement

A rental agreement is a binding document or contract between you, the tenant and the renter or landlord. This agreement will have rules and conditions about what is and isn’t allowed while you occupy the rental. It also states how much the rental will cost you per month, and when that fee is collected by your landlord. This document must be signed by the tenant and the landlord. 

You have rights

Every person renting a house, apartment, condo or basement suite in British Columbia has tenancy rights. These rights and regulations are stated in the BC Residential Tenancy Act. Review these rights to ensure that you are aware of what is and isn’t acceptable when renting in BC.