As one might imagine for such a diverse city, Toronto is a mosaic of different neighbourhoods, most of them with their own identities and charms.
Typically the west end of the city has been the hip part of town, but as rents rise and gentrification takes a firmer grip, it’s the east end where the up-and-coming Toronto neighbourhoods are located.
Where to live in Toronto depends on your preferences and lifestyle. This section offers a brief description of the different Toronto neighbourhoods, aimed at giving you an idea as to where to live in Toronto. These neighbourhoods are constantly evolving, and boundaries can become blurred and disputed, but this will serve as a guide to some of the main characteristics of each locality within the city of Toronto and some of the surrounding Toronto suburbs.
Finding a good place to live can be one of the most daunting tasks when moving to Toronto. It’s worth investing time and effort in preparation and research on the various accommodation types and which of the Toronto neighbourhoods is right for you.
To live alone, a single bachelor condo may set you back around $1500-1600 a month in rent, and you can expect to have to compete with others just to get the lease. The rental market in Toronto is a competitive one, with demand continuing to outpace supply. You may be subject to a credit check and may require a reference from a previous landlord in order to take out a lease alone. As those can be difficult for new arrivals, it’s often a good idea to rent shared accommodation when you first move to Toronto; that way you can get a reference from that landlord if you subsequently choose to move out on your own. It will also give you some time to figure out which Toronto neighbourhood you feel is best for you and your family, if applicable, before committing to a longer and more expensive lease.
Rents tend to be more dependent on the size of the house or apartment, and the amenities that come with it, rather than which Toronto neighbourhood you live in. That being said, if you want to live in King West, the downtown core, or Rosedale/Summerhill, expect to dig deeper into your pockets than anywhere else.