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Proof of income, in my case: employer letter, bank statements
Photo ID: I didn't have a Canadian photo ID so I submitted my country's photo ID
Work reference letters
Landlord reference contact (they called my landlord)

Some asked for a guarantor, some didn't. My current place didn't.

The whole process took over a week, which is kinda dumb. You can get it all done literally in a day in my country.
I was thinking of doing an Airbnb for 4 months and confirming that the owner will allow me to receive mail before booking it. After that, I'll get an apartment
 
 

ImpatientKangaroo

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I was thinking of doing an Airbnb for 4 months and confirming that the owner will allow me to receive mail before booking it. After that, I'll get an apartment
If you can afford an Airbnb for 4 months, sure, go for it. I've found that good Airbnbs are like x2 the normal rent, and the normal rent only gets you a basement or a shared house. I'm done with shared houses so I said nope.
 
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One thing, I learnt about moving to new is that the urge to sign a lease quickly may not be the best choice always. I prefer to stay in an Airbnb and get used to the city. In the case of Canada, I would stay in an Airbnb for first 2 months and then look for houses.

Saar, 3k CAD shared basement in Vancouver and Toronto.
 
 

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Saar, 3k CAD shared basement in Vancouver and Toronto.
Actually, I checked. You will get an Private bath/bedroom for $2.5k to $2.6k. Remember its a good deal when you realize that utilities are all paid. Of course, one won't get an entire fancy looking apartment for less than $3K. Its a great option for single or young couple who can explore the city and neighborhood before signing a bad lease.
 

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If you can afford an Airbnb for 4 months, sure, go for it. I've found that good Airbnbs are like x2 the normal rent, and the normal rent only gets you a basement or a shared house. I'm done with shared houses so I said nope.
Below is from Vancouver for July 2022. One would dumb if they look for an entire apartment for cheap price. Private bath/bedroom are available at a affordable price in GTA/Vancouver/Calgary. Again, paid utilities. You cannot have it all. And below prices are in USD.

 
 

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Below is from Vancouver for July 2022. One would dumb if they look for an entire apartment for cheap price. Private bath/bedroom are available at a affordable price in GTA/Vancouver/Calgary. Again, paid utilities. You cannot have it all. And below prices are in USD.

That's more Burnaby than Vancouver mate (Burnaby is essentially China btw). I'm seeing they average about 1500 USD ~2000 CAD, and as far as I can see they're mostly basement rooms. For a short period (1-2 weeks) till I move into a permanent place, I wouldn't mind getting that kind of Airbnb but no way I'm paying 2000 CAD a month for a basement in Burnaby for any longer.

Unless I have to... It's really challenging for fresh immigrants to get a whole apartment due to insufficient credit score and rental history.
 

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That's more Burnaby than Vancouver mate (Burnaby is essentially China btw). I'm seeing they average about 1500 USD ~2000 CAD, and as far as I can see they're mostly basement rooms. For a short period (1-2 weeks) till I move into a permanent place, I wouldn't mind getting that kind of Airbnb but no way I'm paying 2000 CAD a month for a basement in Burnaby for any longer.

Unless I have to... It's really challenging for fresh immigrants to get a whole apartment due to insufficient credit score and rental history.
From what I experienced, they only looked for proof of employment / job offer since they knew I'm a new immigrant. I don't have any credit score or rental history.
 
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That's more Burnaby than Vancouver mate (Burnaby is essentially China btw). I'm seeing they average about 1500 USD ~2000 CAD, and as far as I can see they're mostly basement rooms. For a short period (1-2 weeks) till I move into a permanent place, I wouldn't mind getting that kind of Airbnb but no way I'm paying 2000 CAD a month for a basement in Burnaby for any longer.

Unless I have to... It's really challenging for fresh immigrants to get a whole apartment due to insufficient credit score and rental history.
15 to 20 mins metro travel to Vancouver downtown, so this is a good option. Also, I checked so many rental houses in Vancouver metro and I find house sin Burnaby, Surrey, and Richmond to be the nicest ones and better option given short metro travel to Downtown Vancouver. I guess Vancouver has one of the best Public transportation in North America, so staying 30 mins away is not a big deal.
 

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Actually, I checked. You will get an Private bath/bedroom for $2.5k to $2.6k. Remember its a good deal when you realize that utilities are all paid. Of course, one won't get an entire fancy looking apartment for less than $3K. Its a great option for single or young couple who can explore the city and neighborhood before signing a bad lease.

Which area did you look in?
 
 

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Which area did you look in?
Vancouver and nearby areas. Most houses have access to public transportation or 5 to 10 mins walk to nearest bus stop or metro station.
 

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That's more Burnaby than Vancouver mate (Burnaby is essentially China btw). I'm seeing they average about 1500 USD ~2000 CAD, and as far as I can see they're mostly basement rooms. For a short period (1-2 weeks) till I move into a permanent place, I wouldn't mind getting that kind of Airbnb but no way I'm paying 2000 CAD a month for a basement in Burnaby for any longer.

Unless I have to... It's really challenging for fresh immigrants to get a whole apartment due to insufficient credit score and rental history.
Also, if one is earning less, they should lower their expectation on housing or go to a cost effective city. I hope people would be practical.