Living in Canada for education or employment will mean that you have to get used to how things are done in the country.
For example, there are certain things you should keep in mind when you are renting a place to stay in. Observing important matters, such as basic courtesy, will help you avoid potential problems you may encounter while you are living miles away from your friends and family.
If you are living with others, be respectful and considerate to the householder. Do not be demanding and remember that, while you may be paying for rent, the householder is doing you a favor by taking you in. So make it a point to help out in the household chores. Give your fair share when it comes to handling the bills such as electricity, gas, and water.
Also, do your best to familiarize the area. Try commuting often so you can get used to the place. Take advantage of the internet and your phone’s GPS features.
As for how long you will stay with your householder, make sure that it isn’t more than 3 months. Once you’ve found a job or another place to stay in, do not delay moving. It’s important to be self-reliant plus you wouldn’t want to be a burden for too long.
On the other hand, if you are the householder, keep in mind that you have your rights but do not be too demanding either.
Establish house rules early on so you have clear expectations with the individual. If necessary, write it down and post it somewhere around the house (on the door of the fridge, for example) so it can always be seen and remembered.
Help them get familiar not only with the area but with the customs, traditions, and laws in the country. Be available if the person has any questions for you.
If you want to correct something, do it in a nice way by sitting down and talking with the individual, not gossiping about it with your friends or by ranting online.