Off-Campus Living

Students walking near park

As the largest urban area on Cape Breton and the island’s historical capital, Sydney is the perfect mix of metropolitan charm and down home hospitality. As with many Nova Scotian communities on the ocean, the heart of Sydney is its waterfront. On a warm, summer evening it’s a great place to go for a walk, stop to watch a busker and to watch ships in the harbour. Along the way, be sure to get your photo taken beside the world’s largest fiddle, built in recognition of Cape Breton’s musical talent.

Secure housing plays a vital role in your student experience. It is very important that students do not travel to Canada before securing proper accommodations. Like most of Canada, affordable housing is a serious issue in Cape Breton. Housing in the area is limited and students should begin their search early.  We continue to advocate for affordable housing solutions, including pushing for Federal support of the proposed Tartan Downs Project, which would see various housing options built within the CBRM.

Students should budget $1000 per month for housing and associated costs.

Below, find a searchable database for students looking for off-campus accommodations as well FAQs about off-campus accommodations.

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2 Bedrooms in Basement Apt, Shore Road $650

Shore Road, Sydney

This house is located on the water front and has 2 bedrooms available to rent immediately, which are located in…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Apartment
  • Status: Available
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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2 Bedrooms in Duplex, Glace Bay $650

Glace Bay

2 furnished bedrooms available to rent in a duplex. The single bedroom is available to rent immediately, and the larger…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: Duplex
  • Feature: 2 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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2 Bedrooms in House, 114 Oakfield Drive, Marion Bridge $1200

114 Oakfield Drive, Marion Bridge

2 furnished bedrooms available for 2 mature, clean students that are looking for a surreal area to study and relax…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 2 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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2 Bedrooms in House, 37 Campbell Street, Sydney

37 Campbell Street. Sydney

Both bedrooms linked below are available to rent immediately. This house is located in downtown Sydney (all in one property).…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 2 Bedrooms
  • Amenity: Electricity
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2 Bedrooms in House, 62 Milton Street, Sydney $850

62 Milton Street, Sydney

2 bedrooms available to rent; 1 larger bedroom, with a private bath, and 1 smaller bedroom. The bedrooms are furnished…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 2 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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2 Bedrooms in House, Maplewood Drive, Glace Bay $2

87 Maplewood Drive, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

2 fully furnished bedrooms available to rent immediately to 2 female tenants. This house is located on a quiet cul…

800 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 2 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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2 Bedrooms in House, New Waterford Please Call

New Waterford

2 fully furnished bedrooms available to rent beginning January 1st 2024, in the landlords house. Landlord is seeking 2 tenants…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available January 1st
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 2 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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2 Bedrooms in House, Whitney Pier $475

Whitney Pier

Two beds available in a shared bedrooms for female tenants. One bedroom available either as a private room for one…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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3 Bedrooms in House, 105 Carmichael Drive, Sydney River $725

105 Carmichael Drive, Sydney River

There are 3 fully furnished bedrooms available to rent immediately. This house is located in a very quiet and safe…

3 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available May 1st
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Fully Furnished
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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3 Bedrooms in House, 3636 Ellsworth Avenue, New Waterford Please Call

3636 Ellsworth Avenue, New Waterford

🌟 Private Bedrooms: Blue Room: Available beginning September 8th. Features a twin bed, spacious and furnished, including a comfortable desk and…

3 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 3 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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3 Bedrooms in House, 484 Alexandra Street, Sydney $525

484 Alexandra Street, Sydney

There is 1 shared bedroom and 2 private bedrooms in this house, available to rent beginning May 1st, 2024. Landlord…

3 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available May 1st
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 3 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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3 Bedrooms in House, 884 Main Street, Glace Bay $575

Main Street, Glace Bay

Three fully furnished bedrooms available to rent immediately. These bedrooms are located on the upper level of the house with…

3 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 3 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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3 Bedrooms in Houses $500

There are 3 fully furnished bedrooms in total, available to rent immediately.   There are 2 single bedrooms available to…

3 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 3 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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4 Bedrooms in House, 3 Monteray Drive, Sydney River $1200

3 Monteray Drive, Sydney River

There are 4 bedrooms available to rent immediately in this fully furnished and fully equipped home. The landlord is seeking…

4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 4 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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4 Bedrooms in House, Sydney $650

Sydney

4 fully furnished bedrooms located in the landlords home, available to rent immediately. Tenants will have all utilities included in…

4 bedrooms
1 bathrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 4 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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Historical Boutique Hotel, Downtown Sydney Please Call

Royal Hotel- Historical Boutique Hotel, Sydney  

$79/night for small room, with shared bath. $99/night for Large room, with shared bath. $135/night for regular room, with private…

  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: Hotel
  • Rent Period: Nightly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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Multiple Rooms, Glace Bay Please Call

Glace Bay

These are 2 rental units located in Glace Bay.   356 King Edward Street, Glace Bay This house can be…

8 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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Shared Bedrooms, Sydney $400

Sydney

Landlord owns two buildings:   Intercolonial Street, Sydney Landlord is seeking tenants to occupy a fully furnished shared bedroom, in…

  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Fixed Term Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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Off-Campus Accommodations FAQs

The Off-Campus Housing Coordinator works to connect students to landlords and vice-versa via the Off-Campus Accommodation Listing which is a free resource for the community. The coordinator ensures a smooth operation of this free resource that can be used by newcomers as well as property owners/managers in the community.

Students are most welcome to reach out to the coordinator but depending on the email traffic, you may or may not hear back in time and rental listings can get sold out quickly. Hence, students are encouraged to follow the contact instructions on the listing to secure it.

Students are encouraged to reach out to the listing’s point of contact directly and be mindful that the property owners/managers do not work for CBU and will answer on their own accord.

Rental/Property listings take place approximately 2 months prior to an intake. If you start searching too early or too late in relation to your intake, you may not find the right option for you. Starting your search early is definitely the key and we encourage future students to use this resource as early in their journey as possible.

 The prices displayed on listings can vary since some of them are room leases, some apartments and some are for houses. The pricing may seem high because it is for a whole house that can be leased.

Listings posted on third-party platforms and social media websites can be fake/scams and it is very important to be mindful of the same. The Off-Campus living page is maintained and updated by the Off-Campus housing coordinator and not through user-generated content.

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