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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1 Bed in Shared Bedroom, 123 Maloney Street, Whitney Pier $500

123 Maloney Street, Whitney Pier

This is a fully furnished, very large, shared bedroom, with 1 space available. Tenant will have all utilities included in…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bed
  • Status: Available May 1st
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bed in Shared Bedroom, 86 Common Street, Sydney $400

86 Common Street, Sydney

1 shared bedroom with 2 beds, has 1 vacancy available to rent immediately, to 1 female tenant. Tenant will have…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bed
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Cable
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1 Bedroom in 2-Bedroom Apt, Kenwood Drive, Sydney $625

Kenwood Drive, Sydney

1 bedroom available to rent in a 2-bedroom apartment. There is 1 room available for a mature female student beginning…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available September
  • Type: Apartment
  • Feature: Fully Furnished
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Hot Water
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1 Bedroom in House, 268 Douglas Avenue, Glace Bay $675

268 Douglas Avenue, Glace Bay

1 bedroom available to rent immediately to a mature, female tenant. This bedroom is located in the landlords home and…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, 446 Upper North Street, Glace Bay $300

446 Upper North Street, Glace Bay

This is a fully furnished bedroom available to rent immediately in the landlords house. This bedroom is a sublet rental…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Shared Bedroom in House, 3 Charlotte Street, Sydney Please Call

3 Charlotte Street, Sydney

There is 1 fully furnished shared bedroom, available to rent immediately to 2 female tenants. All utilities will be included…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Shared Bedroom, 16 Sutherland Street, Sydney $445

16 Sutherland Street, Sydney

There is one shared bedroom available to rent immediately to male tenants. All utilities are included in tenants rent, which…

  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Space in Shared Bedroom, 131 Commercial Street, Glace Bay $395

131 Commercial Street, Glace Bay

1 space in a fully furnished shared bedroom, available to rent immediately to 1 male student. This unit is above…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bed
  • Status: Available
  • Type: Apartment
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Space in Shared Bedroom, 55 Willow Street, Sydney $375

55 Willow Street, Sydney

This fully furnished shared bedroom has 1 space remaining, and is available to rent to 1 tenant beginning May 1st,…

1 bedrooms
1 bathrooms
  • Category: Bed
  • Status: Available May 1st
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1-Bedroom Apt, Howie Centre $1000

Howie Centre

Landlord is seeking 1 responsible and mature female tenant to occupy this 1-bedroom bachelor apartment, located in her home. All…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Apartment
  • Status: Available
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • 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, 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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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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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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