Best places to live in Winnipeg for singles, young professionals, students and families

Moving to a new city can be tough. With so much to consider, where do you start? Rentals.ca has done your homework to help you find apartments for rent in Winnipeg that fits your needs. Whether you’re looking for an after-class crash pad for working hard or playing harder or for your first starter home, there is something for everyone in Winnipeg. Let us guide you home.

1. Top family and kid-friendly neighbourhoods in Winnipeg

  • Crescentwood

If you want suburbs close to the city, try Crescentwood, the city of Winnipeg’s first official suburb. Located in the southwest of downtown, it’s just a 10-minute drive to the city centre. Beautiful character homes line postcard-perfect streets where the kids can ride their bikes and play hockey.

  • Norwood

This idyllic neighbourhood with its mature trees and quiet cul-de-sacs is a quiet paradise families have called home for generations. With spacious yards, plenty of green space, and a tight-knit, neighbourly community, consider calling Norwood home if you want to raise a family in Winnipeg.

  • Tuxedo

If your family loves the outdoors, give Tuxedo a try. It’s not nearly as formal as it sounds. This low-key neighbourhood is  just south of the Assiniboine Park, River, and Zoo — a fun day for the whole family. Also in Tuxedo, are Tuxedo Park and Frederick Heubach Park for shorter jaunts. Trendy cafes and amenities line the arterial streets. Just say yes to Tuxedo.

  • St. Vital

This residential community which is semi-rural in some areas has never had a significant presence of commerce or industry. It’s purely family-focused and cozy here, and local children are served by English, French, and Catholic schools.

 

2. Top neighbourhoods in Winnipeg for singles and young professionals

  • Exchange District

The name says it all! This is one of the most lively and vibrant areas in Winnipeg, and plenty of young professionals like you call it home. This area has been nicknamed “The Chicago of the North” because of its 150 heritage buildings. This part of town is full of character and charm, and it is chock full of young Winnipeggers.

  • Riverview

This largely residential community in a curve on the river, has got it going on. Young professionals love the proximity to Osborne Village and Winnipeg centre. Riverview is especially attractive to renters because of the high amount of apartment and condo buildings for rent. This surplus of availability has created high numbers of empty nesters and young professionals in the area. The neighbourhood’s westen border, Osborne Street, is home to many charming shops and boutiques.

  • Niakwa Park

This neighbourhood, just 10 minutes from the centre, is in the green space of a city golf course. It is largely residential to the south, where luxury apartments and condos for rent house young urban professionals who seek tranquility on the links without compromising on bells, whistles, or downtown amenities.

 

3. Safest neighbourhoods in Winnipeg

  • Charleswood

In this semi-rural community, expect dirt ditches and forest roads. Locals love hiking, birdwatching, and getting active outdoors. This is the place to do it: Charleswood is home to the Harte Trail, which runs for 6.5 km on an abandoned railway bed. There’s also the Assiniboine Forest with over 700 acres for exploration. This homey community is safe for the whole family.

  • St. James

One of the oldest neighbourhoods in Winnipeg centred around a former military base, St. James is bursting with character and charm. You can breathe a sigh of relief and feel safe in its historic, tree-lined streets. Winnipeg’s largest mall is in St. James, and so are a variety of independent stores and restaurants. For the kids, trampoline parks and go- kart tracks are here. Parents will appreciate the numerous breweries in town. All of this in a safe and central area.

 

4. Top places for students to live in Winnipeg

  • Fort Garry

This neighbourhood, which is home to the University of Manitoba, is in the southwest of the city. It is bordered by Fort Rouge and Tuxedo, and it is right in the heart of it all. Right in your backyard is Investors Group Field, which is where pro sports teams play and top international acts perform when they come to town. If tuition and Beyoncé tickets have broken the bank, this diverse area is home to a ton of cheap eats. Check out the Chinese options.

  • South Osborne

Close to the University of Winnipeg, South Osborne is a hip stretch of Winnipeg home to many young people. It has a trendy, eclectic vibe, with many cute boutiques and yummy places to eat. South Osborne is home to The Park Theatre, one of Winnipeg’s largest live event venues. To relax on a summer’s day, try out the famous Bridge Drive-In ice cream.

  • Wolesley

This Winnipeg neighbourhood close to the University of Manitoba underwent many transformations over the years. This former village, once home to an amusement park, saw changes in the mid-century as families fled the once-desolate area. Artists, activists, and young people moved in to rebuild and repopulate the area, and today, Wolesley is a desirable address with gorgeous historical homes and plenty of quirky charm in the streets that line it.

 

5. Up-and-coming Winnipeg neighbourhoods

  • R17

This rural community just south of Winnipeg ranked second in Maclean’s list of Winnipeg’s top neighbourhoods in 2017. Only one thousand people live here, which means that there is an abundance of space for residents of R17. Single-family detached homes were built here largely in the 1970s and ‘80s on gargantuan lots with plenty of space inside as well. Commuting to the core will take 45 minutes by car, but if you’re looking for an amazing deal with enough space for a workshop, spare car park, or clubhouse for the kids, try some country livin’ and check out this neighbourhood on the rise.

  • Westdale

Located just south of the intersection of Highways 100 and 203 is Westdale, a hot neighbourhood close to transit where many savvy investors are looking right now. Brand-new housing developments have completely revitalized the face of Westdale, attracting an influx of young professionals. Formerly a lower-income area, these luxe developments are near low-income housing. While this is not for everyone, there are great deals to be found on new builds in Westdale in a vibrant and thriving scene.

 

Lauren McGoldrick

Lauren McGoldrick is a Toronto-based writer who studied English at Ryerson University. She likes to write comedy and about the Canadian housing market, which is not so humorous. In her free time, she enjoys getting into nature to hike, surf and scuba dive.