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)
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 $1300/mnth for an all-inclusive (utils phone inc.) 1 bedroom. This was a lot of money, but I was having such a hard time finding anything that I went up a bracket.
I wish Id found good flatmates, that wouldve been a better way to go, ie. live with grad students, but its tough to do when you've just got off a plane and living out of your suitcase.
In addition to everything else, the alcohol is also really expensive in canada. And their beer... leaves something to be desired lets just leave it at that. Sorry canada. But the mtns are frikkin amazing as is squamish. MEC rocks too. Enjoy.
Baggins - Compared with British beer, yep, ours is expensive and nowhere near rates. I was shocked how cheap and good beer is in the UK (but I only ever traveled there - never lived ) .
MEC has degenerated. Looks like a big box outlet now - selling yoga togs and a load of stuff at discount ( which is nice for the consumer but getting a 19$ 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.
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.
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 :-(
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
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
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!!!