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 (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:
- A Roof Over Your Head—Find information about landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities as well as tips on working things out with roommates.
- Renting 101- A Guide to Renting in Alberta—Use this quick reference to understand laws that apply to renters in Alberta.
- List of Post-Secondary Schools—Use this list to check out school webpages and learn about student residence and student housing choices.
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.
- Calgary Housing Company—City of Calgary subsidized housing. In Calgary, call 311.
- Capital Region Housing Corporation—City of Edmonton subsidized housing. Call 780-428-8200
- homeEd—City of Edmonton subsidized housing. Call 780-474-5706
- 211 Alberta
- The Seniors and Housing subsidized housing directory
- InformAlberta—directory for housing and other services
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.
- Boys and Girls Club of Calgary—Housing, stability and supports to age 24. Call 403-828-4673
- Calgary John Howard Society—Self-confidence and skills to become independent to age 22. Call 403-668-5230
- Graham’s Place and Shanoa’s Place—Youth Empowerment and Support Services. Support for building a solid base and positive relationships to age 21. Call 780-468-7070
- McMann Youth and Family Community Services—Youth housing and permanent housing for homeless people across the province. Check in your region, as services vary by location.