International - Ottawa


Options in Ottawa

International students have many options for housing in Ottawa. Select the option that best suits your current needs:


Stay informed about housing options by visiting the Lambton Ottawa Student Accommodations Facebook page.

Residence at Saint Paul University 

The residence is located on campus and minutes away from classes, shopping, and restaurants. Each suite has two private bedrooms furnished with a bed and desk with access to a kitchenette space, phone, and internet connectivity. The residence common areas include a laundry room, 24-hour accessible kitchen, lounges, TV room, fitness centre, and courtyard. 

To learn more or to apply for Residence at Saint Paul University, please visit their Residence page.

If you require any further assistance, please contact,

Short-Term Housing

Upon arriving in Ottawa, international students may need temporary, short-term housing while they look for permanent accommodation.

Local Hotels

The following hotels offer a 48-hour cancellation policy and flexible rescheduling option if your flight is delayed or cancelled. Book your temporary hotel stay here:

Holiday Inn
1199 Joseph Cyr St, Ottawa ON
Call 613-744-1060 to book this hotel
Days Inn
319 Rideau St, Ottawa ON
Single Double Bed $140 + tax per night
Two Queen Bed $155 + tax per night
Call 613-789-5555 to book this hotel

Stay Safe

Be sure to also review the Rental Scam information. It is important to understand how to make informed decisions about where to rent as an international student.

Shared Living Options

Shared living arrangements offer costs savings, companionship, and a sense of community, making them an appealing option for many people. International students may like to explore the following shared living experiences. It's a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the community and reduce rental costs.

Long-Term Housing

Ottawa offers a variety of off-campus housing options, including single homes and apartments. Students wishing to live off-campus should research vacancy availability and consider having roommates to help ease the costs associated with housing. It is also quite common for students to sign at least a one-year lease.

Rental Scam Alert

Rental scams are real, so we caution our students to make informed decisions about where to rent. Follow these five steps to protect yourself from rental scams:

  1. Never Deal in Cash - Never pay with case, or hard-to-race equivalents such as bitcoin because it is impossible to track.
  2. Never rent without seeing the property - visit in-person or have someone you trust see the property before signing a lease or making a payment.
  3. Speak to current tenants - currently occupied units are far less likely to be fraudulent.
  4. Demand a written lease - a written lease that includes the landlord's name, helps to prevent fraud and outlines the rights and responsibilities of both the tenant and the landlord.
  5. Be careful of rental rates that are too good to be true - do basic research on current rental prices in the area.

For more details on how to protect yourself from rental scams, watch this video or read this article.

Contact Us

If you're not sure which option is best for your particular circumstance, we can help.

Aakash Kapuria