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    6 Wednesday, March 19, 2014HOUSING

    THERES NO

    PLACE LIKEHOME

    Finding a place to live is no easy task.

    Were not in kindergarten anymore you

    cant just build a house out of foam blocks

    and expect to happily go about your day-

    to-day life drinking apple juice out of a

    fancy teacup.This is the real world and in the real world,

    most people prefer to live in buildings made

    out of bricks none of this straw-or-sticks

    bullshit. But preferences aside, the search

    for an apartment can be overwhelming and

    cause unnecessary headaches. At times, opt-

    ing for a nice, cozy box on the street may

    even seem like a promising alternative.

    But have no fear, The Eyeopeneris here

    to give you the 4-1-1 on everything you

    need to know about finding a place in

    downtown Toronto.

    Unlike other university towns in Ontar-

    io like London or Kingston, Toronto isnt

    exactly known for having a lot of readilyavailable housing students can actually af-

    ford. This can make the search for a place

    that much more difficult, as many build-

    ings close to campus come with a price tag

    high enough to make your bank account

    weep.

    But regardless of whether youre a

    penthouse-suite type or a dingy basement-

    apartment dweller, there is a place out

    there suited for your budget and lifestyle

    its just a matter of finding it. Lucky for

    you, weve got you covered.

    Need to know which neighbourhood

    best suits your personality? No problem.

    Theres a perfect spot for all you misun-derstood hipsters, tortured artists and Jer-

    sey Shore wannabes.

    Would you prefer not to share your

    room with rodents and bed bugs? Well

    give you the lowdown on which areas in

    the city to watch out for (unless youre a

    fan of odd pets, in which case well tell

    you where to find them).

    Do housing contracts make you want to

    put your hand through a paper shredder

    We can save you a trip to the hospital and

    unnecessary pain by laying out the basics

    Have a roommate whos made you con

    sider leaving the city to pursue life as a

    hermit? Theres an article for that too.We hope that this series of pages wil

    make finding an apartment seem a bit less

    daunting and prevent you from carving

    out your eyes with a rusty spoon.

    ByNicoleSchmidt

    PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: JESS TSANG

    The Eyeopeners guide to finding a placeto hang your hat in the tangled mess that isdowntown housing

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    THE WHOS WHO

    OF TORONTO

    NEIGHBOURHOODSThe EyeopenersArts and Life editor, Leah Hansen, gives you thedefinitive, student-tested descriptions of all the neighbourhoodsyouve heard of but havent been to

    1. Church-Wellesley Village

    Fondly known as The Village, the area

    around Church and Wellesley streets is

    home to Torontos LGBTQ community.

    The area features a huge variety of inclu-

    sive nightclubs, restaurants and arts ven-

    ues. Its also the site of the annual Pride

    parade, the largest event of its kind in

    Canada. The area is popular with students

    because of the wide range of housing

    available theres a good mix of low-riseapartments, detached or semi-detached

    Victorian homes and high-rise buildings.

    2. Central Downtown

    One of the most in-demand areas in the

    city, apartments here go fast. Amenities

    are always steps away and the most pop-

    ular areas of the city such as the Dis-

    tillery District, the Entertainment District

    and City Hall are all within walking

    distance. The downtown core is also the

    hub of Torontos public transport system.

    Living downtown is expensive, but if

    youre willing to pay for the convenienceor to have a lot of roommates, its well

    worth it.

    3. Cabbagetown/St. James Town

    Cabbagetown got its nickname from

    Irish immigrants who moved to the

    area in the 1840s and grew cabbage in

    their front lawns. Its the largest area

    of preserved Victorian houses in North

    America and became a heritage con-

    servation district in 2004. St. James

    Town, while close in proximity to Cab-

    bagetown, is actually one of Torontos

    economically deprived neighbourhoods.Its the largest high-rise community in

    Canada and the most densely populated.

    4. The Annex

    The Annex has a massive student popu-

    lation the rent isnt sky high and its

    proximity to big-name schools and con-

    venient transit lines make it the best of

    both worlds for cash-strapped under

    grads. The tree-lined streets and beautifu

    architecture dont hurt either. The area is

    incredibly pedestrian-friendly, as its many

    businesses and amenities cater to the stu-

    dent residents. Young professionals andfamilies settle here as well, making the

    area one of the trendiest in the city.

    6. The Beaches

    An incredibly popular tourist destina-

    tion, the Beaches is located at the very

    east end of Queen Street and is known

    (and named) for the one long stretch of

    uninterrupted sandy shoreline, which

    runs approximately three kilometres. Its

    arguably one of the most scenic areas of

    the city with tree-lined streets, cottage-

    like houses and wide-open views of LakeOntario. Its proximity to public transit

    the 501 streetcar runs here all the way

    from downtown make it an attrac-

    tive option for students on a budget who

    dont mind the commute.

    7. Regent Park/Moss Park

    Regent Park is technically a big housing

    project one of Canadas oldest and larg-

    est. Originally home to Torontos slum dis-

    trict in the early 1900s, the current projects

    were built to alleviate high crime rates. The

    area is now known for a high rate of pov-

    erty and unemployment and above-average

    rates of crime and drug abuse. Moss Park is

    also home to housing projects. Both areasare almost exclusively rented out. Due to a

    city revitalization plan, the area is current-

    ly undergoing a massive redevelopment

    with the goal of creating a more mixed-

    income neighbourhood.

    8. Chinatown/Kensington Market

    Kensington Market was designated

    a national historic site of Canada in

    2006. Its a Toronto landmark and one

    of its biggest tourist destinations with

    its large outdoor market, rich history

    and European-esque pedestrian friend-

    liness. Chinatown is also one of Toron-

    tos most well-known neighbourhoods

    its one of the largest ethnic Chi-nese enclaves in North America. Both

    areas are incredibly student-friendly,

    with their close proximity to ma-

    jor schools in the area and excellent

    budget-friendly shopping options.

    9. Little Italy/Palmerston

    Both Little Italy and Palmerston are

    famously close-knit neighbourhoods

    Theres a heavy Italian cultural pres

    ence with numerous Italian restaurants

    and businesses and an abundance of caf

    patios. Since the 1980s, the area has be-

    come popular with students and youth

    for its vibrant nightlife many young

    professionals have also moved into theareas Edwardian homes. If you like the

    small-town feel, but need the conve-

    nience of being near downtown, Little

    Italy or Palmerston might be right for

    you.

    5. High Park

    Primarily a residential neighbourhood, High

    Park makes up in leafy greenery what it lacks

    in amenities. Even though its not exactly down-

    town, rent can still be fairly high simply because

    of its proximity to the very popular park of the

    same name one of the largest green spaces in

    the city. During the summer, the area is especial

    ly crowded with Torontonians looking to escape

    the confines of skyscrapers and traffic. Living

    near so much nature is sure to have its benefits

    but be prepared to deal with the Toronto Transi

    Commission on a near-daily basis.

    Both Moss Park and Regent Park are dominated by community housing co-ops and row houses.

    PHOTO: LEAH HANSEN PHOTO: JESS TSANG

    Both Little Italy and Palmerston are known for their wide sidewalks and open-air cafs.

    PHOTO: KATII CAPERN

    A residential street in High Park.

    PHOTO: JESS TSANG

    A view of Church-Wellesley Village looking north from Church Street. An aerial view of Cabbagetown and St. James Town looking south toward Lake Ontario.

    PHOTO: NATALIA BALCERZAK

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    BEFORE YOU SIGN...

    A landlord must provide a lease, which is a contract that lets you (the ten-ant) stay in the property for a set period of time. It includes how much your

    rent will cost and what it covers. They must fix anything that breaks or does not work properly (for example:

    a broken refrigerator, a clogged drain or leaking pipes). Dont forget this bylaw they have to help you get rid of pests like mice,

    termites and those dreaded bed bugs.

    The landlords responsibilities

    You must fix any item(s) you purposely break. Thatwall you punched in a drunken stupor? Better call acontractor.

    If you need something fixed, write it down when youfirst move in. Give that sheet to your landlord, so thatthere is proof tha