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bell

Trad climber
Scotland
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 30, 2013 - 03:08pm PT
Alrighty folks. im moving from Scotland to Vancouver in May. Looking to move in with a bunch of climber/back country skiers. first up, anyone got any spare rooms that will be coming available early summer??

if not, what are folks general ideas on good places to stay in Van? i want to get out of the city quickly on friday evenings/summer nights but stilll want to be in a sociable part of town. i will be working at UBC and would like to cycle to work (~45min max if possible)

also, any beta on being close to local climbing spots, hill runs, cool places, that i can do in the evenings - the more info the better!

cheers for all the help in advance!
bell
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 30, 2013 - 03:11pm PT
bell - Vancouver is stupid expensive to live in. What's yer price range is what you should be asking . That sweet list you made above is gonna have you spending about 2k/month on a place esp if you wanna bike to UBC and live on the west-side.

Edit : Okay I exaggerate some but you ARE Scottish and the rent for a flat within cycling distance of UBC is raaaadddddicckckckckculous.......

So figger out whatchya wanna spend on a flat and take it from there. PM me if you want. I've lived in Van all my life AND have visited Scotland :-)

ha ha !!!
bell

Trad climber
Scotland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 30, 2013 - 03:19pm PT
yeh, guess places easy to cycle to UBC gonna be expensive..... not worked out ma budget yet but 2k/month sounds pretty daft! half that might be still too much, but ive no idea what it will get me. would happily live out of town to the north if thats cheaper/better/easy to find room mates

actual quality of apartment doesnt bother me, just wanna stay in a place i can store my gear and get to know the mountains/city wi folk who appreciate same things i do (which i like to think is most folk in vancouver)

cheers

EH! what you sayin about scottish folk ??? :-P
Hoser

climber
vancouver
Jan 30, 2013 - 04:51pm PT
I cycle to UBC every day and anywhere east of Main st will put you over the 45 min max. I can get to UBC from anywhere in Van west of Main in 45 min. Rent, if your willing to have room mates I bet you can sneak into a home for no less than 700$ a month. Possibly you could find something cheaper but that would be a good deal.

Your coming at a good time, since the student housing will be vacating.

My small home of three in winter with gas heat and a sweater on and being good with lights gets me a hydro and gas bill about $200 a month, drop a hundred off in summer.

basic internet and cable will cost $120, a smart phone is $100 per month

Food is dumb expensive

There is a major major major major major problem with bed bugs here, DONT screw with these guys, ask the land lord at least 100 times if they have ever had a problem, if they say its been fixed, leave and burn your clothes.

go here to double check

http://bedbugregistry.com/metro/vancouver/

See the place with all the red, thats the west end, super super awesome place to live, too bad every place is infested. DONT GO THERE

Best idea is to find a place to stay temporarily then ride around, often folks place signs instead of ads to weed out the craigslist weirdos from where ever they come from.

The closer you are to UBC the less chance you have on getting on a bus during the school year.

The closer you are to UBC means you are far away from everything else

Main street is full of hipsters, so if you think going to the coffee shop and using a type writer is cool then you will like it.

If I was you...I would poke around on Cambie st, from broadway to 25th and the west to Granville. Alternatively you can check out the "new" stuff in gas town/china town, but its not the safest place for a girl but if your reasonable...it can work.

the sky train runs up Cambie

Good luck
Relic

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Jan 30, 2013 - 05:36pm PT
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/apa/

and what he said about bedbugs. Eww.
Khoi

climber
Vancouver, BC
Jan 30, 2013 - 10:23pm PT
I recommend Main & Hastings.

There's lot of ammenities nearby, lots of options for food, public transportation, banking, laundry, pharmacy, a public library, and it's close to the water, too!
gf

climber
Jan 30, 2013 - 10:35pm PT
khoi
alas the gritty urban realism has been replaced by thin crust joints like farina (best in the city imho) which adjoins the cobalt -but be sure to do the high step over the junkies outside any maybe give em a slice rather than change for more junk. Good news is that there is a metadone clinic at main and terminal plus the injection sites on hastings. Our friend from the UK may find this to have shades of train-spotting
Rolfr

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Jan 30, 2013 - 10:54pm PT
Kitsilano is a good bet, you can still find an affordable (by Vancouver standards) 1 bedroom for $1,000.00 per month and cycle to UBC,
http://vancouver.kijiji.ca/c-real-estate-apartments-condos-1-bedroom-Spacious-BACHELOR-ONE-BEDROOMS-IN-KITS-FEB1ST-or-MARCH-1ST-W0QQAdIdZ452510976

The alternative is North Vancouver, lots of local after work crags and world class mountain biking, more inexpensive sushi than you can eat in a lifetime.
A longer commute but you live at the foot of the outdoors. Shared accomidations for $600.00
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/nvn/roo/3583591536.html

A new guide book for the crags and bouldering on the Shore will be out this spring. http://www.quickdrawpublications.com/Vancouver%20Rock%20Climbing.html
North Van also has a good gritty climbing gym for the rainy days and is still within 20minutes of the stellar bouldering gym "the Hive" in Vancouver.
Hoser

climber
vancouver
Jan 30, 2013 - 11:29pm PT
Rolf its been over a 100 years since you could find a reasonable one bedroom for $1000 on the west side.

That link is for $1050 for a 500 sq foot 2nd floor no elevator apt building.

One bedrooms start at $1300...and you really have to be careful taking the bottoms...

Of the four listings in your link two are in a building registered as a problem building in the BB registry.

orle

climber
Jan 31, 2013 - 07:35am PT
YER GONNA DIE!!!!
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jan 31, 2013 - 10:28am PT
rolfr posted this link to the place in kits:

http://vancouver.kijiji.ca/c-real-estate-apartments-condos-1-bedroom-Spacious-BACHELOR-ONE-BEDROOMS-IN-KITS-FEB1ST-or-MARCH-1ST-W0QQAdIdZ452510976

that'd be great. i used to live about a block away. great hood, mostly early-mid 20th century small and medium size apartment buildings. the beach has a micro-climate that can be good when its rainy elsewhere. there's a pullup bar and a set of rings above a sandpit down there, too.
bell

Trad climber
Scotland
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 31, 2013 - 12:15pm PT
cheers for all the info guys!! a wee bit more expensive than i had hoped but looks like cheaper options can be found and am happy to share with a few folk

Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jan 31, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
If you want to be quickly skiing, climbing or mountain biking, you want to be near a highway. Kits is nice but kind of a journey through traffic lights and bridges to get to the goodies.

Look in the North Shore News for W. Van. and N. Van. rentals or shared
housing. It can be surprisingly affordable but twice as far to UBC as Kits is.
Hoser

climber
vancouver
Jan 31, 2013 - 12:30pm PT
Dont pay $1100 for a 500 sq ft apt with no laundry or elevator. That part of town is reserved for the bridge and tunnelers in the summer.
Rolfr

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Jan 31, 2013 - 08:06pm PT
Vancouver is an expensive place to live, tough to have it all, cycle to work, close to urban ammenities and access to the outdoors.

If you can share, try Craigs List. http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/roo/ I can't vouch for any of the listings, just hope this helps points you in the right direction.

If you aren't familiar with the areas, feel free to ask help , a lot of well informed people online here.
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 31, 2013 - 08:44pm PT
You're a scottsman? find a little oceanside shack in west van and kayak straight across the inlet to UBC. The locals will think you're nuts but jut tell them you're a kiwi. I'm only half kidding. West van has almost zero methheads, its a bit like a sea side scottish highlands and you are forty minute from squamish and fifteen from Klootchmans and lighthouse. My brother used to motor bike to ubc daily from eagle harbour for most of a decade. Thats what i'd do unless you're a real urban hipster coffee shop type but then - why post here?
Rolfr

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Jan 31, 2013 - 08:53pm PT
If you get this shack, i'll be happy to paddle you to UBC.
http://www.theangellgroup.com/2770-bellevue-ave-dundarave-west-vancouver-home-real-estate/752
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jan 31, 2013 - 09:03pm PT
Yeah but the West Vancouver reality is there's a lot of first wives left with the first house who fill the basement suite at a rate they think is acceptable for all concerned. Bills are bills, every month.

Getting done in by the professional 2nd wife with the rack didn't exclude a lot of homeowner's from having a sense of fairness...

The North Shore is an exercise in ambition !
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
Jan 31, 2013 - 09:17pm PT
huh. what happened to the west van of my youth? I bet there's still a few shacks around. Maybe in Tiddly cove.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jan 31, 2013 - 09:45pm PT
That's my point Bruce. The North Shore still has some remnants of the Lower Mainland's good times.

All the rich f*#k, come lately types think they are what was, before anyone knew any better during the last outpost of the British empire phase.

I go to visit my West side MOM and it's suicide to drive the limit and turn right off of 25th ave.

It's going Los Angeles, like, "cover me, I'm going to change lanes..."

harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
Jan 31, 2013 - 09:56pm PT
It's going Los Angeles, like, "cover me, I'm going to change lanes..."

Cry me a river, try driving a Boom truck and chipper around those neighborhoods with cars parked on both sides of the street.You have to drive by feel on your right side. Then there's the drivers that really should only have a hotwheel licence at best.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jan 31, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
BOO - HOO, civil servant. HAHAAHHAHAHAHHAA ! ! !

I don't have to be civil !
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 4, 2013 - 08:14am PT
The Economist just published its semi-annual "World's most expensive cities" list, and Vancouver made the list as the most expensive in North America. Not up there with Tokyo etc, but at #21 it was well ahead of Los Angeles and New York (tied for #27)

Summary of the article is on the CNN website at http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/04/travel/cost-of-living-2013/index.html?iid=article_sidebar

Top ten in the world (and movement from last year) are:

1. Tokyo, Japan (+1 place)
2. Osaka, Japan (+1)
3. Sydney, Australia (+4)
=4. Oslo, Norway (+1)
=4. Melbourne, Australia (+4)
6. Singapore (+3)
7. Zurich, Switzerland (-6)
8. Paris, France (-2)
9. Caracas, Venezuela (+25)
10. Geneva, Switzerland (-7)
Hoser

climber
vancouver
Feb 4, 2013 - 12:48pm PT
$15 for a gallon of milk and small block of cheese..plus tax
Baggins

Boulder climber
Feb 4, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
Im from the UK... lived in van 2007-2009, worked at UBC and lived in pt gray. First of all I rented a basement studio for $1000/mtn that was on UBC campus. This sucked hard, as it was essentially a locked off section of someone else's house. I moved to pt gray and paid $1300/mnth for an all-inclusive (utils phone inc.) 1 bedroom. This was a lot of money, but I was having such a hard time finding anything that I went up a bracket.

I wish Id found good flatmates, that wouldve been a better way to go, ie. live with grad students, but its tough to do when you've just got off a plane and living out of your suitcase.

In addition to everything else, the alcohol is also really expensive in canada. And their beer... leaves something to be desired lets just leave it at that. Sorry canada. But the mtns are frikkin amazing as is squamish. MEC rocks too. Enjoy.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Feb 4, 2013 - 02:40pm PT
Baggins - Compared with British beer, yep, ours is expensive and nowhere near rates. I was shocked how cheap and good beer is in the UK (but I only ever traveled there - never lived ) .

MEC has degenerated. Looks like a big box outlet now - selling yoga togs and a load of stuff at discount ( which is nice for the consumer but getting a 19$ base-layer for skiing has me wondering what the Chinese slave wage is ).
Messy too - the backstock folks ( I used to work there :-D ) must be run off their feet getting all that crap onto the floor. Boring presentation of the goods for sale.........

But, yeah. Pt Grey is pricey and close to UBC but a long ways from climbing.
Baggins

Boulder climber
Feb 5, 2013 - 10:41am PT
Well that sucks. Im now in the states and REI is a pale, plastic imitation of MEC, at least the old MEC I should say.

I dont know why Canada, or BC at least, isnt on board the microbrew revolution that exists down here. Granville island brewing is pretty poor and very conservative when you compare it to Oregon, Colorado & california's finest brews.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Feb 5, 2013 - 12:25pm PT
I'm not much of a beer drinker - I prefer cider - so am not up on the latest of the latest with breweries, micro & otherwise.

Cider, on the other hand, is delicious and the availability of excellent quality ciders has, in the past five years, increased notably. Which makes me very happY !
bell

Trad climber
Scotland
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 5, 2013 - 02:23pm PT
would love to find a wee water front shack and paddle to work every day, and wont be anything new if the locals thought i was nuts!

guessing where ever i go im going to be closer to the good stuff than here in Scotland, or at least bigger stuff! so being able to commute to work easily will probably be the first priority, then i can look at getting my waterfront shack!

I assume there is a lot of crags accessable in the evenings after work? would i be right in thinkin it gets dark about 9ish in the summer - no super long evenings :-(
Hoser

climber
vancouver
Feb 5, 2013 - 03:52pm PT
would love to find a wee water front shack and paddle to work every day, and wont be anything new if the locals thought i was nuts!

Well stand up paddle boarding is huge here so you would have to get in line to find a place to paddle to work.

The walk up from the beach to UBC is a biatch

I assume there is a lot of crags accessable in the evenings after work? would i be right in thinkin it gets dark about 9ish in the summer - no super long evenings :-(

Dark at 9 at the peak of summer, crags close to van....ya there is a collection of crap nearby, nothing to impressive except the traverse.

Better bet is to just make the drive to Squamish.

I was going to say have you checked out st johns college, as I heard good things about its residence but holy moly they want $950 a month for 250 sq feet WOW

http://www.housing.ubc.ca/files/van/pdf/contracts/st_johns_contract_12_13.pdf

http://stjohns.ubc.ca/live/life-at-sjc/faq/
bell

Trad climber
Scotland
Topic Author's Reply - May 9, 2013 - 06:26am PT
its me again, time for seriously hunting out a place to live!! thanks for all previous recommendations and on the basis of what people have said i am keen to stay in Kits area. i am looking on craigslist etc but if anyone knows of a room/apartment going please let me know! I am keen to share a place with climbers/skiers etc so if you know anyone looking for a room mate let me know! i will be arriving in Van end of may/early june

Cheers
Neil
Hoser

climber
vancouver
May 9, 2013 - 11:18am PT
Are you trying to get a place before you arrive?

The best apts often only get posted on bulletin boards in areas where other similar like minded folk may congregate....I am seeing a lot of postings here at UBC, and on my ride home through kits.
bell

Trad climber
Scotland
Topic Author's Reply - May 21, 2013 - 01:02am PT
mmmm, yeh that is what i had heard. i have been looking on craigslist and there seems to be a lot on offer but not sure about comitting until i have arrived/seen/met people etc.

trouble is my work permit is taking ages to arrive and i may not have much time between arriving and starting work, so im trying to sort something out (even if just short term) prior to my arrival

cheers
Neil
Cloudraker

Sport climber
San Diego, CA
May 21, 2013 - 07:42am PT
You can have my place for July 1 on 19th & Cambie for $600/month. Roommate is a tantra instructor so other than lube on door handles and having to listen to all night sex through paper thin walls it's not bad. No bed bugs. Just have earplugs at your disposal.

Fantastic location - half block from grocery store, restaurants, movie theatre, Starbucks, and about 5 blocks from train. Wouldn't be a bad ride to UBC. Unfortunately no climbers in the house but plenty in the neighborhood.

Edit: in fact it could be available as early as June 15 if interested
bell

Trad climber
Scotland
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 9, 2013 - 08:50pm PT
im in Van now and loving it! already had a wee trip to squamish, been into the alpine on the Island and off to tofino for a surf this coming weekend! have only been here 3 weeks so think im doin pretty well for getting about!

got a room in a student house in dunbar which was good and cheap but we're all getting kicked out end of august......

Firstly, thanks for all you initial help! now I know where I am and am a bit better orientated im ideally looking for somewhere west of Burrard, so if anyone knows of any rooms going in shared houses please let me know!!!

thanks again!
bell
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