NSCAD University does not maintain a residence and students are therefore responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements in the Halifax/Dartmouth area. An arrangement with Saint Mary's University gives equal priority to NSCAD students for residence spaces at SMU (see below for more details). Many students rent furnished rooms from private owners or share an apartment, flat or house with other students. As new students get to know other students at the university, opportunities for less expensive shared rentals begin to occur.
Since there is a large student population in Halifax during the school year, students entering NSCAD in September or January may experience more difficulty in finding acceptable accommodation than students entering the university for the summer session. Students entering NSCAD in September or January should therefore investigate housing options early (approximately two months before arrival) and plan to arrive in Halifax at least two weeks prior to the beginning of classes in order to confirm the necessary residence arrangements. Students entering the university in the May semester should arrive in the city a week or two before classes begin.
To help students locate acceptable accommodation, the Office of Student and Academic Services maintains a searchable Off Campus Housing Database. General orientation information for students new to Halifax is also available by contacting Student Services which is on the 2nd floor of the Administration Building, 5163 Duke Street. If you have any questions please visit Student Services or e-mail us at nscad.ca.
NSCAD University bears no responsibility for arranging, inspecting or guaranteeing housing. This is the responsibility of the tenant.
Saint Mary's University encourages and welcomes non-SMU students into their residences, Tel (902) 420-5598.
Other university residences in Halifax, including the University of King's College, Tel (902) 422-1271, and the Atlantic School of Theology,(902) 423-6939, (apply online at www.astheology.ns.ca), will accept NSCAD students on a space-available basis. However, high demand for residence space means that almost all rooms are filled by students of those respective institutions. If you do wish to apply for residence space, inquiries should be sent to the Director of Residence of the respective institutions. You will be sent the appropriate application forms and information material if there is a possibility of accommodating outside students.
NSCAD Off Campus Housing information:
Off Campus Housing Database
Dalhousie Off Campus Housing:
Student Union Building
6136 University Ave, 4th Floor
8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday
Saint Mary’s University Off Campus Housing:
Tower Rd. near Rice and Vanier security desk at St. Mary’s University
Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:30pm
The Halifax Herald:
The Coast Weekly:
Properties 2 Go:
Online Maps of Halifax:
Tourism Nova Scotia
- Saint Mary's University 902.420.5598 SMU Residence
(available to NSCAD students if booked by May 15 deadline)
- University of King’s College, (902) 422-1271
- Atlantic School of Theology, (902) 423-6939
Be sure to book your interim accommodation in advance.
Accommodations available for men and women by day or month
1565 South Park Street
Halifax International Hostel
1253 Barrington Street
Halifax Backpackers Hostel
2193 Gottingen Street
(888) 431-3170 (toll free)
Travel Cuts is a travel agency which caters to university students and youth.
(866) 246-9762 (toll free)