Finding a place to rent in Whistler can be more or less difficult depending on the time of year you are looking. The average rate for a bedroom only is around $700-$1000, for a 1 bedroom apartment it is $1100-1500, and for a 2-bedroom it is $1200 up. The rent may be more expensive the closer to the centre of the Village it is. Take the time to check out the neighbourhoods before you choose where to live. Some have a high percentage of tourist (nightly) rentals and can be noisy. Others have more permanent residents living there, and may be more family friendly. Many homeowners have apartments, or suites, to rent in their houses.
To see what’s available, check out the classified ads in the back of local publications available for free around town or online:
Another resource is Craigslist, which is an online classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community and discussion forums.
Also look for advertisements posted on notice boards in your community, or at your workplace.
Take the time to look at different places. Some will include electricity and heat (utilities), others will not, and you will have to pay for those charges separately from your rent. Some will be furnished (furniture is provided) but you need to check what is provided and what is not. It is good to check:
- If the rental is furnished, what is included?
- If it is not furnished, is it only furniture not included?
- Does the rental have a stove, fridge, washer/dryer and other appliances?
If you are looking at renting a suite in a private house, you may also want to ask about whom else lives there.
- Are there children or pets above you?
- Are there shift workers or people that like to party?
Think about whether you will hear the other people and if that’s important.
If you’re looking at rental ads and aren’t sure you understand what is being offered, check out understanding Canadian rental ads terms.
There are many hotels in Whistler but only a few hostels and less expensive lodges in town to stay while you are looking for a rental home.