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THE HOUSING CRISIS
AND HOW TO BEAT IT

Whistler's housing crisis is alive and kicking

There are Brits and Aussies crammed into every closet, bunk bed and loft in town, and it's only getting worse. People will pay upwards of $1000 to share a room with 4 other people. There are no regulations controlling how much landlords are allowed to charge, and little policing of the quality of the property. And even if you do find somewhere reasonable, there's always the chance your landlord will sell 2 months later. 

OKAY, SO THIS IS PRETTY DISHEARTENING

Don't worry. There are resources to help you succeed in Whistler. In fact, we wrote a whole ebook about it. Here's some quick tips to help you get settled in Whistler, but for the most comprehensive guide - check out our ebook.

ARRIVE IN SUMMER

There is significantly more availability during the summer season (June through September), and if you can secure a 1 year lease during this time, you're on the path to success. 

SLUM IT IN THE HOSTEL

Book 2-3 weeks in one of Whistler's hostels before you arrive. Give yourself time to find a place, as you'll have to shop around. There are 5 main hostels in Whistler, with beds for $25-40/night. There's the HI Hostel in Cheakamus (Whistler's most southerly neighbourhood opposite Function Junction), Southside Lodge, Fireside Lodge and Art's Lodge (all in Creekside), and Alpine Lodge in, you guessed it, Alpine.

ADVERTISE YOURSELF

Get on Facebook and Craigslist. Upload a picture, describe yourself honestly, and put how much you are willing to pay.  Obviously, don't send any money without viewing a place and signing a deposit form. 

 

GET A JOB WITH STAFF HOUSING

Get a job with staff housing. Lots of companies in Whistler offer staff accommodation at a discounted rate (mostly shared rooms), and often you can secure a job and a bed before arriving here if you really fit the part. Bigger companies who offer staff accommodation are Whistler Blackcomb, The Fairmont, The Westin, The Four Seasons, Nita Lake Lodge... there's a lot. Indeed.ca can help you find jobs listed with staff accommodation if you type it in the search bar. 

WORD OF MOUTH

Ask around. You may be surprised who is about to up and leave town and can put in a good word for you with their housemates. I have secured a room for myself on two occasions by just asking friends, coworkers etc. Keep checking pique news, Facebook, Craigslist, and don't be afraid to ask people wherever you go! 

DON'T GIVE UP!

Last but not least, don't give up hope! The most important thing to have (after a deposit!) is patience. You might have to couch surf, or rent month-to-month until you find somewhere with a 6 month+ lease.

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