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Old 05-07-2010, 02:39 PM
 
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Default Find job or apartment before moving?

Moving from Ottawa to Toronto, probably a dumb question but should I find a job in Toronto before I get there or a place to live first? I was thinking of staying at a hotel while I did my search for the 2 when I got there but I'm just a student and it seems really expensive.
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Old 05-07-2010, 03:34 PM
 
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Your best bet is to look on craigslist for a room/shared. You can rent a room in someones house or apartment for around 200.00 - 500.00 a month. This will give you time to look for a job. Get some job security and save a bit, then you can start looking for your own apartment.

It would be very difficult to get approval for an apartment without an income.
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Old 05-07-2010, 04:24 PM
 
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Oh should have reworded, I'll be looking for a room to rent as I have no furniture or anything, pretty much have some clothes to bring with me and a furnished room would be perfect. So do most rented rooms not mind if the person has a job in Toronto yet if just moving in but can pay the monthly fees etc on time? or will they need me to show that I found a job before moving in?
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Old 05-07-2010, 05:46 PM
 
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Because people renting rooms are done privately, its much easier. Usually someone in a house trying to make a buck or someone looking for a roommate. 95% of the time, there isn't going to be an application. Basically just a verbal agreement. When you contact people with rooms for rent, just be honest. Your moving to Toronto, your a student, you have a bit of savings which you will be able to live off for some time and you will be looking for a part time job in the meantime when you get moved in. 9 times out of 10, they will have no problem renting.

Some come furnished, some don't. Even if you have to buy a cheap futon, a dresser and a desk, you can probably find a deal for a hundred dollars or so.
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Old 05-07-2010, 06:02 PM
 
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The question is whether you would spend the same money in accomodation in Toronto as you are spending now in Ottawa. The other question is whether currently you have a job to pay your rent or you are living with your parents, friends, relatives, or living off savings.

If moving to Toronto would generate additional rental expenses, then it would be wise to wait until you have a job. You can do day trips for interviews, and live where you are now.

On the other hand, if you are living off savings, unemployment insurance, etc., and you would have the same expenses whether in Ottawa or Toronto, then it would make sense to move to Toronto so that you are available for any job interview that may come your way.
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Old 05-07-2010, 06:43 PM
 
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The question is whether you would spend the same money in accomodation in Toronto as you are spending now in Ottawa. The other question is whether currently you have a job to pay your rent or you are living with your parents, friends, relatives, or living off savings.

If moving to Toronto would generate additional rental expenses, then it would be wise to wait until you have a job. You can do day trips for interviews, and live where you are now.

On the other hand, if you are living off savings, unemployment insurance, etc., and you would have the same expenses whether in Ottawa or Toronto, then it would make sense to move to Toronto so that you are available for any job interview that may come your way.
This is true, but when your actually in Toronto, and depending on the job, its much easier. A lot of times you can be called in for an interview the next day. After travelling back and forth between Ottawa and Toronto several times per week, or coming once and staying in a hotel for several days, the costs would even out and you would be better off just moving. As a student, I would assume you are going to be looking for general customer service work. These jobs are a dime a dozen in Toronto. Its sort of a 'call today, start tomorrow' type thing. Therefore, it would be better to live here first.
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