Student Housing

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 Experience maintains a searchable Off Campus Housing Database. SUNSCAD also maintains a facebook page called NSCAD YARD $ALE, which students can use to sell items or find roommates/housing, and they have an agreement with the housing search engine YOMES (which allows students to rate their landlords). The city of Halifax has a registry of rental properties which have health/safety violations, which is also worth checking before choosing an apartment. General orientation information for students new to Halifax is also available by contacting the Office of Student Experience, which is on the 2nd floor of the Fountain Campus, 5163 Duke Street. If you have any questions please visit Student Services or contact us at 902 494 8260 or

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.

Granville Hall is a residence option in downtown Halifax conveniently located within walking distance of all three NSCAD Campus locations. It is a small residence that attracts students studying at all of the local post secondary schools in Halifax. It is a great way to meet people studying at different schools. Email:

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, 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.

Housing Contacts and Resources

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:

Yomes (Share everything you know about Halifax landlords):

The Coast Weekly:


Properties 2 Go:

Moore Properties International:

Moore offers temporary furnished accommodation and long-term apartment leases.

Temporary accommodation (from $60/night):

Apartment rentals:


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)
  • Granville Hall,,
  • University of King’s College, (902) 422-1271
  • Atlantic School of Theology, (902) 423-6939

Interim Accommodations
Be sure to book your interim accommodation in advance.

Accommodations available for men and women by day or month
1565 South Park Street
(902) 423-9622

Halifax International Hostel
1253 Barrington Street
(902) 422-3863

Halifax Backpackers Hostel
2193 Gottingen Street
(902) 431-3170
(888) 431-3170 (toll free)

Need a summer storage unit? Check out FindStorageFast

TravelTravel Cuts is a travel agency which caters to university students and youth.
(866) 246-9762 (toll free)

Another good travel resource is