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There’s no place like home…

This is definitely one post I didn’t think I’d be lucky enough to write just yet, but I’m pleased to announce to the big wide blogosphere that I leave the country in five weeks and five days, and in five weeks and six days I will be moving into my very own (well, for six months anyway) Vancouver apartment.  More specifically, a third floor, hardwood floored, third floor in a walk up heritage building, in Kitsilano, with all utilities included Vancouver apartment.

Kitsilano is just south west of Downtown

For those of you who haven’t been religiously studying maps, guidebooks and reviews of Vancouver neighbourhoods for the past 18 months, Kitsilano, or Kits as the locals (soon to be me!) call it, is a laid back, trendy, former hippy enclave south west of Downtown.  As Lonely Planet aptly put it ‘the hybrid SUV was invented for the kind of people who live here’ – better buy some ‘yoga pants’ then[1].

Our building…check out the sea to the right (via Google Street View)

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Useful Resources #1 – craigslist

Now I know I’ll be winging my way to Vancouver in less than three months, most of my spare time is spent trawling through the mecca of job adverts, classifieds and downtown condos for rent that is craigslist.  It’s a bit like our Gumtree, but with less weirdos.

In terms of housing, it’s a far bigger deal than Gumtree as Canada doesn’t really have lettings agents like we do in the UK.  Anyone with a flat/house to rent or a room to sublet advertises on craigslist (and most of them have pictures), so it’s the perfect place to check out what’s affordable in the areas you’d like to live in.

Craigslist, Vancouver BC

It’s also useful for job vacancies, more so in the tourism/retail/hospitality industries than the professional sectors, though be wary of any ‘jobs’ that sound too good to be true – just like in the UK they probably are.

Where do I find it? http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/

Good points: One-stop shop for everything you need in Vancouver, from furniture to yoga clubs.  Great for getting to know the city before you arrive, both in terms of ‘serious’ research, and inspirational fun!

Bad points: You do still seem to get the odd shifty post so all the usual internet rules apply (don’t part with any money until you’ve seen the flat/item, don’t meet up with anyone by yourself). Make sure you’ve done your research and know which neighbourhoods you want to live in before searching for housing, otherwise a long list of houses and neighbourhoods can prove more confusing than helpful.