Five Apartments under $1000 in Mississauga

As one might expect, living on a budget in Mississauga is quite possible if you're willing to make some compromises in terms of space, location and upgrades. While it’s difficult to find an apartment for less than $1,200, basement units remain the best option for renters who require less costly accommodations. Here’s a look at some affordable rentals in the city.

Now, before you get too excited, note that if you want to live in Mississauga for under $1,000 a month, you have to zero in on basement suites. Most newer condos -- some under or around 500 sq. ft. -- cannot be rented for less than $1,200. Even if you set your sights on a bachelor or compact one-bedroom, you won't get it for $750 (unless you go in with a roomie whom you're okay with living on top of).

We, like, consulted a successful Royal LePage real estate agent on this, so trust us.

We also toured a few properties to get a feel for what's out there. We saw a plethora of basement suites (most of which rented before press time, but fear not, there are more out there) that were spacious with upgraded kitchens and en suite laundry.

Most were located in the Lisgar and Meadowvale areas and none were pet-friendly. One place -- that is no longer available -- was not alcohol, overnight guest or get-together friendly, so be aware of landlord preferences before committing to renting if they're incompatible with your lifestyle. You could conceivably fight a landlord over unreasonable demands, but it's best to spare yourself the aggravation if they're honest about their expectations upfront.

Here are five apartments under $1,000 in Mississauga:

$880 - Mavis and Eglinton

According to this recently posted ad, this basement suite -- located on Farwell Crescent near Mavis and Eglinton -- comes fully furnished and is available immediately for $880 a month. The rent includes all utilities, high-speed internet and satellite TV. There's also a separate entrance, an en suite washing machine, a seven-piece dining set and a desk and chair. The suite is not ideal for pet owners or smokers, a one-year lease is required and the landlord will request a credit report, employment letter and first and last month's rent.

$750 - Bachelor Suite at Derry and Mavis

This Bellshire Gate bachelor basement suite is available for $750 a month and is an option for a single occupant. The suite offers a separate entrance, en suite laundry and most major appliances. The price includes all utilities and unlimited internet access. It's available March 1 and the lease can be renewed on a month-to-month basis. No pets or smoking permitted. Tenant should be "clean?"

$850 - Mavis and Britannia Suite

This Coxswain basement suite is walking distance from Heartland Town Centre and will run you $850 a month. It boasts a spacious kitchen, laminate floors, a walk-in closet (bonus!), storage and a separate entrance. Rent includes all utilities and internet (but not cable) and you must share laundry facilities with the rest of the household. Smoking is not permitted.

$850 - hurchill Meadows Basement Suite

This recently renovated one-bedroom suite in the Churchill Meadows neighbourhood is available March 1 and costs $850 a month. The rent includes laundry, parking and utilities. There are nearby amenities, including schools, grocery stores, medical offices and restaurants. The lease is for one year and tenants will be required to provide first and last month's rent, a security deposit, a credit check, a background check and employment verification. Pets and smoking are not permitted.

$800 - Mavis and Eglinton

This one bed, one bath basement suite is located on Sunray Drive off of Mavis past Eglinton. It offers a separate entrance and laundry and utilities and internet are included in the price. It is unfurnished and not pet-friendly. The asking price is $800 a month and it's available immediately. There are no pictures in the ad and it's been listed for over a month, so be sure to check it out before mentally moving in.

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