Sheridan teams with housing experts to help students in Brampton, Mississauga, Oakville

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Published September 3, 2021 at 10:39 am

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Sheridan College housing experts will help students.

Sheridan College has teamed up with a pair of third-party vendors to help students at their Brampton, Oakville and Mississauga campuses find safe and affordable housing.

Canada Homestay Network (CHN) and Places4Students.com will both work with the college.

“We are very proud to partner with the Canada Homestay Network and Places4Students.com to connect even more students and landlords this coming year,” said Sunand Sharma, associate dean, Community Citizenship, Leadership and Engagement.

“Our students’ safety is our utmost priority and we are thrilled to partner with organizations that practice stringent screening every step of the way to ensure students have the best possible off-campus housing experience.”

CHN helps bring international students and Canadian families together.

Recognizing that international students may be in need of extra support while they navigate their new host country and culture, CHN’s hosts are carefully screened, including reference and criminal record checks, and regular in-person home visits.

Hosts also receive special COVID-19 health and safety training.

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CHN also offers transitionary housing, which allows a student to opt for a shorter 2-3 month stay as they transition to a longer-term homestay for the full academic year if needed.

Places4Students is an established provider of off-campus housing solutions, engaging more local landlords and connecting them directly with students looking for housing through a simplified listing process.

Listing fees in Mississauga and Oakville have been significantly reduced to help engage more landlords during the pandemic, and listings are free in Brampton.

Sheridan offers robust resources for students wishing to live off-campus.

These include housing readiness workshops and resources offered to new students months before their arrival; an external dedicated website and student portal that contain numerous resources and links about off-campus housing, and a housing guide.

Be a Good Neighbour program

Sheridan is also expanding its Be a Good Neighbour program to help educate students about their civic responsibilities, tenant rights and responsibilities. The program also offers by-law education specific to legal dwellings, community safety, property maintenance, garbage, parking, and noise and nuisance.

Sheridan encourages anyone in Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville who may have a vacant room suitable for a student tenant to explore listing options through the Canada Homestay Network and Places4Students.com.

At pre-pandemic levels, approximately 8,000 of Sheridan’s 23,000 students sought off-campus housing across our three home communities of Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville, while approximately 1,200 learners lived in residence buildings on Sheridan’s Brampton and Oakville campuses.

The off-campus housing resource site was built to provide students with an increased number of safe options. Sheridan does not manage rental listings or off-campus housing sites.

CHN is a family-run, non-profit society, has helped thousands of students find a home away from home in Canada. Visit the website to learn more.

Places4Students.com is a comprehensive off-campus housing service that works in conjunction with academic institutions and student organizations to provide off-campus housing solutions for students. During the last 17 years, Places4Students.com has helped more than 100,000 landlords and property managers advertise their rental vacancies to students, alumni and faculty successfully.

 

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