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Best Off-Campus Housing For Langara College Students

Langara College is a great place in Vancouver to learn, uplevel your skills, or start a new career. And with no on-campus housing options, all those bright students have to live somewhere.

We’re liv.rent, a rental listings platform and more that helps students find rental market housing that works for them. We created this guide for anyone studying at Langara College and looking for secure off-campus housing — even if they’re not in Vancouver yet.

Langara College has its main campus in Vancouver’s Oakridge area with a second, smaller campus located in the South Cambie neighbourhood. There are plenty of affordable neighbourhoods nearby and even cheaper ones further afield if you can commute to campus.


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Langara does not have on-campus housing options for students. However, the campus is located near some of Vancouver’s more affordable neighbourhoods. In addition, because the school is right on the Canada Line, homes in Richmond are also a good option for students who can easily take the train to class.

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Search by transit

Searching for a home by transit is a great way to see how far away you can live from campus while still having a reasonable commute. In Vancouver, rent is often cheaper the further away from the city centre you go. For example, the cheapest Metro Vancouver neighbourhood is actually Surrey.

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Renting from abroad

You don’t have to be in Vancouver, or Canada, to secure safe off-campus rental housing. On liv.rent, you can select:

  • “I don’t live in Canada.”
  • Or, “I’m a first-time renter.”

When you’re filling out your profile, letting landlords instantly know why you might not have a previous address or references.

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Langara student tips

We checked asked Graciella Llagas, a first-year Langara Nursing Student who lives off-campus, for her insider student tips to uncover secret campus corners, the best coffee spots, and more.

Commuting to Langara

For Langara students, transit, walking, or cycling are convenient options. With a Canada Line stop nearby at Cambie & West 49th Avenue, it’s easy to get to class on the main campus.

Langara students have U-passes that allow for unlimited access to the Translink system.

For directions to Langara College, you can visit their website or use Translink’s trip planner.

Best Off-Campus Eats

The best off-campus eats are just a few stations away on the Canada Line! We like to go to the Aberdeen Mall food court for affordable Asian food.

Alternatively, fantastic, well-priced Indian food is walking distance away on Main St. from 49th South (Punjabi Market). Pick up samosas, tandoori chicken, or any variety of curry from All India Sweets or Tandoori Oven.


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Tips for Meeting People

Get involved! As a nursing student, there are three main student groups you can get involved with at Langara. I met so many people through the BCCNP Student Group that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. Having friends in different terms allows me to seek mentorship and get advice for life in nursing school.

Best Study Spots at Langara

The third-floor library is the best study spot. Take a left at the top of the stairs and walk to the end until you see the white individual study tables. It has A/C, multiple outlets, and is rarely busy.


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Best place on campus to nap or pull an all-nighter

Unfortunately, the school is not open 24 hours — it closes at 9 p.m., so it’s impossible to pull an all-nighter on campus. However, Breka on nearby Fraser Street is open 24 hours, and they have the best drinks and food to fuel us for those rough all-night study sessions.

Cheap and late-night eats on campus

There aren’t many good on-campus choices, but my go-to cheap “meal” is a buttered bagel at Timmy’s (Tim Horton’s) at 49th and Main. Less than $2 and heavy enough to fill you up until you’re able to get home! Again, Breka is always an option.

Course Selection Advice

Our semesters are block-scheduled, and you choose the courses with the schedule that works the best for you.  Some schedules are more popular than others, so I suggest that you sign up for your section as soon as registration is open if you truly prefer one over the other.

Advice to your first-year self

  • Don’t buy new textbooks. Always try to get used books, and try to wait until the first day of classes to purchase them to see if your professor truly requires you to purchase these books.
  • Take RateMyProf ratings with a grain of salt. Some professors may have lower ratings than others, but this wouldn’t necessarily reflect how you will do in their class because everyone is different! I have found that as long as expectations are clear on both sides, miscommunications are greatly reduced.
  • Practice self-care. Most importantly, find a way to practice self-care. Schooling is mentally and physically exhausting, but even the hardest working students need time away from that constant stress. I’m still discovering my own self-care practices, but I’ve found that a healthy mind and soul leads to more success in the long run.

 

Student: Graciella Llagas
University: Langara University, CNSA Delegate
Faculty: Nursing
Year: 1st yearIG: @grxciella

Thanks Graciella!

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