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Student Housing — What You Need to Know

May 4, 2019 by Village Suites Oshawa  

Your first time looking for off-campus UOIT student housing is an exciting experience, but it’s also confusing. It can feel like there’s so much you need to know. In fact, just being aware of a few basics will make finding the perfect housing a simple process.


1. Start Your Search Early

If you wait until right before school begins, your options are going to be limited. Start your search early in the summer when graduating students are vacating their apartments.


2. Talk to Potential Roommates

Unless this is your freshman year, you likely already know people who are interested in renting an apartment. Decide who you want to share with as early as possible. Then, you can all look together. This will ensure you pick a place that meets everyone’s needs.

If you are a freshman (or a transfer), it is still possible to find an apartment with roommates. Turn to the off-campus housing service at your university for support meeting other people who want to share. Alternatively, your university can provide you with a list of homeowners who are renting out a single room.


3. Choose a Student Rental

It is best to find an apartment listed as a student rental. Another way the housing service at your university can help you is to connect you with such student-friendly landlords. These landlords may offer lower rents, may have more of the amenities you need, and will be closer to UOIT. Bear in mind, though, you should always sign a lease to protect yourself, no matter who you rent from.


4. Remember That On-Campus Housing Is No Guarantee

If you do leave it late to begin your search for an apartment or you are unable to find anything suitable, you may think that you’ll always have on-campus housing as your fallback option. In fact, sometimes on-campus housing fills up completely and you need to go on a wait list before you can receive a room. As there are no guarantees, it is important to take your search for a rental seriously.


What if you could end your search before you’d even begun? This is possible when it’s right there in front of you: the perfect student housing in Oshawa where students have Village Suites. You’ll receive a suite you can share with a couple of friends or other students who have similar lifestyles to you. Plus, you’ll receive all the amenities you need, including Internet, a fitness centre, bike storage, and onsite parking.

Fun Things to Do in Oshawa When You’re Not Studying

March 9, 2019 by Village Suites Oshawa  

Although Oshawa is not known as a tourist destination, there are many things to do around the city. The next time you need a break from studying, check out one of these fun ideas.

1. Canadian Automotive Museum

Previously a car dealership, the Canadian Automotive Museum is now one of the top attractions in Oshawa. It is home to a number of Canadian-made vehicles, some of which date back more than a century.

2. Robert McLaughlin Gallery

Budding artists need to visit the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. In total, there are more than 4,500 works of art, all contemporary or modern paintings, sculptures, and prints.

3. Waterfront Trail

Waterfront Trail starts from Niagara-on-the-Lake and runs more than 1,500 kilometers. It runs through Oshawa, along the Lake Ontario shoreline. You can easily walk or cycle for long stretches of the trail.

4. Oshawa Zoo and Fun Farm

Around 50 species of animals live at Oshawa Zoo and Fun Farm, including camels, monkeys, wallabies, and domestic animals like mini donkeys, goats, and pigs. Many of the residents are abandoned or injured animals who have been rescued by the zoo.

5. Swimming Pools

Swimmers are spoilt for choice in Oshawa. Both Donevan Pool and Civic Recreation Complex Pool have indoor pools and the latter also has a diving board and sauna. There’s also Rotary Pool, a heated outdoor pool. If you’re looking for fun, though, you should probably pick Legends Centre Pool, as it has water slides, a lazy river, and a beach.

6. Attend a Sports Game

Whatever the season, a sports event is likely taking place in Oshawa. The city has hockey, lacrosse, football, basketball, and rugby teams.

7. McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve

With 11 trails stretching for 7 kilometres, there’s plenty to explore in McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve. During dry weather, grassy trails are ideal. At other times of the year, you have gravel and wood paths. Be sure to head out to the viewpoints to see the most scenic parts of the reserve.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could find fun activities onsite at your
Durham College off-campus housing? You can when you live in Village Suites Oshawa, which always has rooms for rent in Oshawa. Students can enjoy amenities like a theatre and recreation centre complete with billiards, ping pong, and foosball. If you want to stay healthy, there’s a fitness centre and yoga room. All these are available at no extra cost.