Apartment hunting in Calgary can be stressful and tedious, but using an awesome rental website can make your search a lot easier. Whether you’re a renter who wants a rental with specific features or just in the browsing mode, apartment hunting websites can save you time by narrowing down your search to include your precise needs, all from the comfort of your own home.
Some handy tips before we dive in: Make sure to start your search for at least 3 months in advance of needing to move. It’s also super important that you meet the property manager or landlord and sign a lease before sending any funds towards your future rental.
Here are our top 10 picks (spoiler alert: the 1st one’s us 😉 ) for Calgary’s best apartment rental websites for finding the perfect rental:
The Best Calgary Rental Websites
Rentals.ca is a national apartment rental website that serves over 100 cities across Canada. The site focuses on exceptional design and support to make the process of searching for a new home in Canada easier.
Rentals.ca features search tools that let you cater your search for Calgary apartments for rent by price range, bedrooms, bathrooms, property type, and whether it is pet friendly. The site also features a user-friendly interactive map view that shows the prices of rental listings, making your apartment hunting easy, efficient and great for finding properties near your school or work.
Life in Calgary isn’t an apartment rental website, but it’s a super handy resource for prospective renters looking to live in Calgary, and want more information about the city. You can read their blog for the latest happenings in the city while also checking out some of their recommended rental listing websites!
Kijiji is the world’s largest classified site, and is a hub for second-hand items and apartments/homes for rent. There are tons of available rental properties here, and new Calgary listings are uploaded daily. As with any classified site, be careful when sharing personal information to independent landlords. Always make sure to read through listings carefully, as there could be scammers – if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
PadMapper.com focuses on the geographical aspect of finding a property, or “pad”. You can explore Calgary apartments for rent on a map while using price, type, number of bedrooms, and rental duration filters to tailor your search. As well, with PadMapper you can draw shapes on their map to outline the areas where you want to see Calgary apartment results from. Pretty neat!
The main method you can find rental listings through 4Rent.ca is through their free, bi-weekly magazine showcasing listings in Alberta and Ontario. However, you can also search available properties on their website using both a list and map view. On each listing, icons let you know what each rental features, like parking, pool, or elevator access.
RentFaster.ca started in Calgary, so it’s safe to say that they know how to rent out Calgary apartments. Their map feature makes it super easy to see all the available listings in the area! They also provide a mini rental application template for you to fill out, making it easy to send multiple landlords basic information (employment history, contact details, etc.) while saving time.
RentSpot.ca lets you easily search Calgary apartments for rent by either a map or list view that makes it easy to find Calgary apartments for rent that fit your criteria. Also, you can keep track of your favorite properties to easily compare details of the square footage, rent price, and bedroom/bathroom count.
You might recognize the name Viewit.ca due to their prominent rental signs across Canada. Viewit search filters allow you to narrow down your search quickly. Whether you are looking for a rental of a specific size, location, or number of bedrooms and bathrooms, Viewit probably has the apartment you’re looking for! On the Calgary apartments search page, you can find a video and brief paragraph introducing what activities Calgary has to offer.
RentBoard.ca offers a ton of different search filters for renters to use. Want a Calgary apartment for rent with a swimming pool, outdoor playground, parking, AND is near good schools? RentBoard.ca can help you find that perfect rental, and is great for renters that have very specific wants in their hunt for a new Calgary apartment.
Realtor.ca is owned and operated by the Canadian Real Estate Association and includes both residential and commercial properties for purchase or rent. Each listing comes from a licensed brokerage so while you won’t encounter any scams, you also won’t find any independent landlords listing on here. Your search can be filtered by price, bedrooms, bathrooms, and by listing date.
Other Apartment Hunting Resources
- Social media is a great place to directly connect with landlords and have a personal relationship with them. Facebook groups such as this one can be a great place to find a good deal on a Calgary rental property!
- If you’re a student, make sure to check if your university/college has an off campus housing directory for student rentals
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Ready to Rent?
Feeling a little bit more comfortable with the renting process? You can kick off your rental search with Rentals.ca to see what’s available on the Calgary market. Click here to search Calgary Rentals (we upload new listings daily)!