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, 210 Union Street, Sydney $475

210 Union Street, Sydney

1 bed in a shared bedroom, available to rent to 1 male tenant. All utilities are included in tenants rent,…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bed
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bed in Shared Bedroom, 45 Campbell Street, Sydney $400

45 Campbell Street, Sydney

Room #4: One bed in a shared bedroom, available for one person to rent beginning May 1, 2024. This is…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bed
  • Status: Available May 1st
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Fully Furnished
  • Rent Period: Fixed Term Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bed in Shared Bedroom, 850 George Street, Sydney $500

850 George Street, Sydney

There is 1 bed in a shared, furnished bedroom. The landlord is seeking 1 female tenant to rent this space…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bed
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, 183 Cartier Street, Sydney $1200

183 Cartier Street, Sydney

1 fully furnished bedroom with large screen TV and another private room that can be used as a study room.…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, 209 Reserve Street, Glace Bay $600

209 Reserve Street, Glace Bay

This furnished bedroom is available to rent for the summer only, beginning June 1st, until September 1st, 2024. The bedroom…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, 209 Reserve Street, Glace Bay $600

209 Reserve Street, Glace Bay

This is a fully furnished bedroom located in the landlord’s house. This is a lovely large home, very close to…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, 52 Richardson Avenue, Sydney $850

52 Richardson Avenue, Sydney

1 bedroom available to rent immediately to 1 female tenant. This bedroom could be partially furnished if need be. All…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: Apartment
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, 572 Alexandra Street, Sydney $850

572 Alexandra Street, Sydney

1 fully furnished bedroom available to rent immediately to 1 female tenant. This bedroom has a double sized bed in…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, 6 Amelia Street, Glace Bay $650

6 Amelia Street, Glace Bay

1 fully furnished bedroom available to rent immediately in a house, near downtown Glace Bay. Landlord is seeking 1 clean…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: 6 Months
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, Main Street, Sydney $700

Main Street, Sydney

1 single bedroom available to rent in the landlords home. This is a quiet home and landlord is seeking a…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Shared Bedroom in Apt, 170 Lingan Road, Sydney $500

170 Lingan Road, Sydney

1 shared bedroom with 2 beds, available to rent beginning July 1st. There is currently another student already occupying one…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: Apartment
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Shared Bedroom in Apt, 65 Rear Main Street, Reserve Mines $600

65 Rear Main Street, Reserve Mines

This unit has 2 bedrooms. The private bedroom is currently occupied by a CBU nursing student, and there is 1…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: Apartment
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Shared Bedroom, 45 Campbell Street, Sydney $400

45 Campbell Street, Sydney

Room #2: One bedroom available for two tenants to rent, beginning May 1st, 2024. This is shared living and tenants…

1 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available May 1st
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Fixed Term Lease
  • Amenity: Cable
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1 Space in Shared Bedroom, 13 Bayview Street, Sydney Please Call

13 Bayview Street, Sydney

1 space in a shared bedroom, available to rent to 1 female tenant from India. This is a furnished bedroom…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Bed
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1-Bedroom Suites, 13 Bayview Street, Sydney Please Call

13 Bayview Street, Sydney

Two, 1-bedroom suites available to rent immediately. These suites are fully furnished with a kitchen, and bathroom is just outside…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Suite
  • Status: Available
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Electricity
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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 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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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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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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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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