Off-Campus Living

Students at Sydney Boardwalk

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 Bedroom in House, 13 Royal Avenue, Sydney $550

13 Royal Avenue, Sydney

1 fully furnished bedroom available to rent immediately in the landlord’s house. Tenant would share the common living space with…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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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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Private Bedroom in 3-Bedroom House, Sydney $800

Sydney

This is a tenant seeking a female roommate to rent one of the bedrooms in a 3-bedrom house. They are…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
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2 Bedrooms in House, 107 Victoria Road, Sydney $500

107 Victoria Road, Sydney

2 fully furnished bedrooms available to rent immediately, to 2 female tenants. Tenants will have all utilities included in their…

2 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedrooms
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: 2 Bedrooms
  • 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 Suite, Glace Bay $1250

Poplar Street, Glace Bay

This is a fully furnished and newly renovated 1-bedroom nanny suite attached to the landlords home. This suite is available…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Suite
  • Status: Available February 1st
  • Feature: Fully Furnished
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Shared Bedroom in House, 210 Union Street, Sydney $475

210 Union Street, Sydney

1 shared bedroom available to rent immediately to male tenants. All utilities are included in tenants rent, which also includes…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Bus Route
  • Rent Period: Monthly
  • Amenity: Electricity
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1 Bedroom in House, 2182 New Waterford Highway, South Bar $1000

2182 New Waterford Highway, South Bar

This fully furnished basement apartment has a separate entrance, and is available to rent to 1-2 tenants beginning February 5th,…

1 bedrooms
  • Category: Bedroom
  • Status: Available
  • Type: House
  • Feature: Cable TV
  • Rent Period: Lease
  • Amenity: Cable
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3 Bedroom Semi-Detached House, 480 Ninth Street, New Waterford

480 Ninth Street, New Waterford

This house is available to rent to 5-6 tenants beginning January 1st, 2024. Every bedroom has mattresses for tenants, but…

3 bedrooms
  • Category: House
  • Status: Available
  • Feature: 3 Bedrooms
  • Rent Period: Lease
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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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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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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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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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