Which Vancouver neighbourhoods are the best? Where can one find apartments for rent in Vancouver? Where is the best place to live in Vancouver for young singles or young families? Where to live in Vancouver depends on your preferences. This article outlines the most common Vancouver neighbourhoods for newcomers to the city.
Deciding where to live in Vancouver can take a while. Try not to commit to a location long term until you have arrived and seen more of the city. There is a steady flow of rented accommodation in Vancouver.
Select one of these Vancouver neighbourhoods
- Downtown (West End, Yaletown, Gastown, Coal Harbour)
- East Vancouver (Main Street, Commercial Drive)
- South Granville
- City of Burnaby
- North Vancouver
- University of British Columbia (UBC)
- South Vancouver (Marpole)
If you are looking to live in one of the Vancouver neighbourhoods close to downtown, you will find that many apartments for rent in Vancouver do not use media to advertise. Instead, they will post notices outside the buildings to advertise vacancies.
It’s worth walking around Vancouver neighbourhoods you want to live in and look for ‘For rent’ signs. You can also try calling the property management companies to check if there are any vacancies.
Popular websites for looking for accommodation in Vancouver include Craigslist, PadMapper, and Kijiji. You can also click here to get a discount from Airbnb from Moving2Canada.
Downtown (West End, Yaletown, Gastown, Coal Harbour)
If you choose to live in the Downtown area, you can most likely expect to live in a high-rise residential unit.
Depending on the location, rent can be pretty expensive when you have limited income. But it is possible to find affordable apartments for rent in Vancouver’s Downtown core with some searching. Here, you are only minutes away from the main shopping district (Robson Street and Pacific Centre Mall), the business district, and the entertainment district, Granville Street. The sea wall and Stanley Park are also close by.
The West End, located in the Downtown area, is the most affordable of all the Downtown locations. The West End is bordered by Downtown, Stanley Park, and the ocean.
It’s the most diverse of all the Downtown Vancouver neighbourhoods. A mix of Canadians, immigrants, and international transient residents — both young and old — offers more of a community feel to this Vancouver neighbourhood. There is a good mix between town-homes, duplexes, large heritage homes, and older high-rise units.
The West End has long been a popular place among the LGBT community when searching where to live in Vancouver. It also boasts an eclectic blend of quality eateries at affordable prices.
Some of the older residential towers offer one-bedroom apartments for rent in Vancouver for $900-$1,100. Studio/bachelor apartments (i.e. no separate bedroom) cost around $750-$900, and two-bedroom apartments typically range from $1,200-$1,600. You can also find duplexes in the $500-$900 range.
Yaletown, which used to be a rail yard in the 19th century, is situated in the south-east Downtown area. The railway loading docks from this era have been converted into restaurant and cafe patios. The warehouses have been converted into lofts. Its upscale restaurants, boutique stores, nightclubs, and access to the False Creek marina make this area a playground for Vancouver’s elite.
It’s extremely expensive to rent in Yaletown and might be considered poor value for your money. You are paying to be part of one of the trendiest Vancouver neighbourhoods. A typical two-bed condo (i.e. high-rise apartment) can cost $1,800-$2,500 per month.
Gastown, an area to the east of the Downtown area, was established in 1867, the same year Canada became a nation. Despite being in close proximity to the poverty-stricken Vancouver neighbourhoods in the East Hastings Street area, Gastown is currently experiencing a revival. It offers a refreshing mix of old and new.
During the day, tourists flock to this area for its historic charm. But you’ll also find some of the best restaurants, bars, and shopping of all Vancouver neighbourhoods.
In terms of housing costs, Gastown has slightly more reasonably-priced apartments for rent in Vancouver than Yaletown. A typical two-bedroom condo can cost from $1,700-$2,200 per month.
Coal Harbour, represents the northern section of the Downtown residential area. This is one of the most affluent Vancouver neighbourhoods. It’s populated mainly by older professionals and retirees. It consists of high-rise condo units with very close access to the sea wall and marina to the north. Rent prices are around $1,600-$2,500 per month for a two-bedroom condo.