If you're willing to go for a longer commute, try looking at the tri-city area or Surrey, you can still get 1 bedroom apartments for less than $2000.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.