Two U of M Campuses
The University of Manitoba has TWO main campuses in the city of Winnipeg. Most faculties are located at the Fort Garry Campus. The Fort Garry Campus is located in the Fort Garry area in the south end of Winnipeg. The other campus, known as the Bannatyne Campus, is home to the Faculty of Health Sciences and is located in the downtown area, close to the Health Science Centre (HSC). While the Fort Garry campus is considered the main U of M campus, a variety of student services and supports are available at both campus locations. For more complete details, services and maps for both campuses click here.
Local areas and distance to campus
Before you start your search, please refer to the map here to identify neighbourhoods in close proximity to both the Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campuses. Neighbourhoods in the South West part of the city, such as University Heights, Fort Richmond, Richmond West, and St. Norbert are closest to the Fort Garry Campus. Neighbourhoods in the North West part of the city, particularly near the City Centre are within an ideal travel distance to the Bannatyne Campus.
Most U of M students get to and from campus via Winnipeg’s bus service – Winnipeg Transit. You can get to both the Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campuses from virtually anywhere in the city via Winnipeg Transit. However, please note that although buses run frequently to and from campus during weekdays and early evenings, buses in Winnipeg DO NOT operate 24 hours a day. The morning and evening rush hours (7:00 – 9:00am and 3:30 – 5:30pm) offer the most bus service. Many routes have reduced bus service in the evenings, on weekends, and during holidays.
NAVIGO: Winnipeg Transit offers a web service called Navigo to help you plan your bus trip. Simply enter your starting point, ending point, and the time of day that you will be travelling and Navigo will show you what bus(es) to take, when to take them, where the bus stops are, and how long your trip (including walking time) will take.
Please click here to see a complete list and map of bus routes that travel to and from the Fort Garry Campus.
What can I afford?
The first thing you need to determine when looking for a place to live is what you can actually afford. In addition to monthly rent, the additional cost of food, utilities, furniture and transportation and school expenses need to be considered. Some rental units will include furniture and/or utilities, e.g., water, heat, cable, internet, parking, etc., and some will not. Make sure you understand what is or is not included in the total monthly rent. This is a conversation you should have with the person showing you the apartment and should be noted in the lease in writing.
Below shows the average monthly rent costs according to room type in Winnipeg. These costs do NOT reflect utilities and other amenity costs.
Below is the 2017/18 Local Off-Campus Living Rate Increases (per person):
*Based on a 12-month lease. Includes all utilities (Internet, cable, hydro) and furniture allowance. Off- campus rates are based on surveyed properties within an 8 km radius from campus.
There are many types of housing in Winnipeg. The type and size of the unit will affect the monthly rental costs. Essentially, all off-campus accommodations you will find on this site are either in apartments, homes or condominiums. All three types can be for rent or lease (monthly payment).
Below is a list of common housing types in Winnipeg:
High-Rise Apartment: a building 6 to 30 (or more) storeys high. High-rise apartment towers have elevators and often have security systems to monitor entry and exit. They often have laundry facilities, sports and recreation facilities and other advanced amenities. High-rise buildings usually have efficient electrical, heating, sewage and plumbing systems.
Walk-Up or Low-Rise Apartment: buildings (usually older) less than five (5) storeys high that usually do not have an elevator. Generally, monthly rent for a walk-up is less expensive than monthly rent for a high-rise apartment. Low rise apartment buildings also have basement apartments which also tend to be less expensive.
Bachelor apartment: a single room apartment with a kitchen and a bathroom but without a separated bedroom. The bedroom and living room are one and the same.
One bedroom apartment: units with a kitchen, bathroom, living room and one separate bedroom.
Two/Three/Four bedroom apartment: same as above with two or more separate bedrooms.
Detached: a house that is not attached to any other building and is usually one or two storeys high. A detached house is also called a single-detached or a single-family dwelling. A one-storey is usually called a bungalow, and a two-storey is called a two-storey.
Semi-Detached, Side-by-Side or Duplex: a semi-detached house (or “semi”) is attached to another, similar house. The common wall is generally thick enough to prevent sound passing between the units. Semis can be either one or two storeys and usually have backyards. Two-storey duplexes have separate dwelling units on each storey. If a yard is available, it is usually for the first-floor residents only.
Townhouse or Row House: Several clustered homes with common walls between each house. They are usually two storeys. A stacked townhouse is one townhouse sitting on top of another. Each townhouse is two storeys.
Rooming House: a rooming house rents single rooms within a house by the week or the month. Usually, roomers share the kitchen and bathroom(s). A single person is the most likely tenant for a rooming house. Rooming houses are typically the least expensive housing option on the market.
Basement suite – a basement in a house that has been converted to an apartment. It may have a separate entrance. The apartment may have its own bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and heating system, or it may share those amenities with the rest of the home.
Single-Room Occupancy (SRO): a single-room occupancy is similar to a rooming house, but with a kitchen and a bathroom in each unit.
Like apartments, condominiums are made up of multiple units within a building that share common elements and assets such as a roof, parking garage, lobby, exercise room, etc. The difference is that the units within each condominium complex are individually owned rather than rented. However, owners of condominium units, like home owners can rent their property. Condominium units come in many types and sizes, and can be apartments (in a multi-unit building); detached houses or semi-detached townhouses.