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Youth: How to Find a Place to Live

Will you soon turn 18 and be on your own? You'll need a place to live. Or maybe you’re already on your own. Either way, now is the time to figure out your options.

To find a place to live on your own, you need to know what you can afford and where to find resources that can help.

What do you need to know about renting?

Rental options include:

  • An apartment on your own or with others
  • A room in someone’s home, or in a rooming house or co-op
  • Subsidized (supported) housing for people with low incomes

As a renter—also known as a tenant—you will need to know about:

  • Your rights and responsibilities
  • Questions to ask your landlord, such as if the rent includes utilities
  • What to look for in a rental agreement
  • The pros and cons of sharing with roommates

For help, check out these resources:

Is subsidized housing an option for you?

You can use the following links to find subsidized, low-rent housing in your area. But keep in mind that affordable housing and subsidized housing programs for people with low incomes often have waiting lists.




Do you need help finding a place to live?

If you’re on your own without support from family or Children’s Services, you may need help finding a place to live. You can contact one of these community resources.


Central Alberta


Lethbridge and Area

Medicine Hat and Area

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