Off-Campus Housing Guide

Hunting for an apartment can be a daunting task, but the good news is that many students rent off- campus and have a great experience living in the broader Okanagan community. Kelowna has a number of neighbourhoods that each offer unique advantages for students. Refer to the information in this guide for tips to help you decide which neighbourhood to live in and how to secure the best unit for your needs. 


UBC’s Okanagan campus does not endorse any off-campus housing resources or off-campus housing agencies. All links provided are for informational purposes only. 

a landscape view of Kelowna

Table of Contents:  

  1. Finding a place to live in Kelowna:  
    • Where to search for housing  
    • Know your budget 
    • What to look for in a place to live 
    • Kelowna neighbourhoods 
    • Transportation and groceries 
    • How to spot and avoid scams
  1. I found a place to live – now what?

    • Contract, what to expect  
    • Security deposit  
    • What does the rent include?  
    • Internet companies 
    • Utilities
    • Roommate Checklist

  2. Moving Out
      • Ending the contract 
      • Cleaning the apartment 
      • Move-out checklist