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Moving to Manitoba?


Moving to a new country is easier if you have a place to stay. You may plan to live with friends or relatives, or you may need to rent a place.

There are two ways to rent:

  • short-term
  • long-term 

Short-term rental

This is usually temporary housing. There are many reasonably priced rooms where you can stay when you arrive. A short-term rental gives you time to look for a more permanent home.

You should make a reservation before you arrive. Our list can help you find a place: /article/rental/temporary-accommodation

Long-term rental

This is usually more permanent housing.  A rental home may be an apartment, a house, or rooms in a house.

You need to apply to rent a home and you should have:

  • an income (money from a job, savings or other support)
  • a rental history (a temporary housing landlord can help you start your rental history by giving you a reference)

It is a good idea to make a plan before you begin looking for a more permanent home.  You should know:

  • how to apply for a rental home
  • if you qualify for financial assistance

We can help you with a plan in our free rental workshop.  You will learn about your housing options, when and how to apply for financial assistance, and your rights and responsibilities as a renter.  

Register for our Free Rental Workshop:

Financial Assistance for Renters

You need to qualify for rental assistance and can only apply when you arrive.   There are two types of assistance:

There are many agencies and resources with on-line lists of rental homes.  You may want to live in:

  • Winnipeg
  • a smaller city or rural area
  • student housing near a college or university

Winnipeg general listings

  Winnipeg Rental Network provides free listings and links for affordable rental accommodations in various areas of Winnipeg.


 Kijiji provides a wide range of listing of housing for rental and for sale within Canada. Simply select the province and the city of interest. allows tenants to search and landlords to advertise rental apartments, houses, condos and other properties across Canada for free.


Rent Canada provides rental listings from property management firms across Canada. Search for the firm that operates within Manitoba.

Winnipeg neighbourhoods

 Neighbourhoods of Winnipeg provides maps and images of communities in Winnipeg that includes the location of schools, daycare, hospitals, and clinics, bus
stops, parks, libraries, and sports centres.


 Get an idea of how near you are to important services in Winnipeg neighbourhoods: Walk Score.

Smaller cities and rural Manitoba


Portage-la- Prairie

Portage-la- Prairie Renters Hotline



Manitoba Housing Office Locations

Student housing

University of Winnipeg Campus Living for individuals and options for families

Red River College student housing for rent

University of Brandon Residence

University of Manitoba Off-Campus Housing

Student Rent Board