Perfect for U of C students
Dalhousie is a small but charming NW neighbourhood popular with students attending the close-by University of Calgary. Dalhousie revolves around its diverse community. Activities and events are geared to the many students and seniors, while food and fun are influenced by the neighbourhood’s large Chinese immigrant population. Let’s face it, Dalhousie isn’t revolutionary. It’s a simple spot, but it’s got a solid community with just enough personality to not be basic. Plus, it’s an easy commute to the university or downtown.
Avg. rent by housing type & size
Avg. rent compared to other Calgary neighbourhoods
Dalhousie is 9% higher than Calgary average
Typical housing type:
Single family, detached homes, but there’s no shortage of other options.
Dalhousie has a bit of everything, for everyone. Detached homes make up about half of the area’s housing, but semi-detached places and row houses are also available, as are apartment buildings of various sizes. There are even a few duplexes for those who want to hunt for one. The vast majority of residents are homeowners or still living at home with their parents. The renters in the area – many of whom are students – tend to rent from local families or be located in the area’s apartment buildings for rent. The student community is strong here, so rentals around the University of Calgary area tend to be affordable and plentiful. Prices hit slightly above middle of the road for both renters and buyers, but can increase for those seeking one of the neighbourhoods swankier places. The rent prices vary by a large margin in the neighbourhood, so if you’re having trouble finding a rental in your price point, use Rentals.ca’s price filter! You’ll be able to find your next home in a flash.
Life & Style
Life in Dalhouise depends on who you are. Students spend much of their time out of the area, hanging out at or around their schools. When they are around, they generally clump at trendy late-night spots – so the bars, pubs, and dim sum places. The area’s older population, on the other hand, are more invested in the neighbourhood, often volunteering their time with the local community association. These residents also enjoy grabbing a meal with friends or loved ones, but they tend to spend more money – and be back home, dozing on the couch, before 10 pm.
Dalhousie has two major groups living in the area. The first are seniors, who tend to own the area’s homes. Be nice to these locals – they’ll probably be your landlords! The second major group is made up of young adults, who tend to be children still living at home with their parents, or students attending the nearby University of Calgary. Members of this second group are generally less established – and perpetually broke. But, hey, that’s student life, right? Dalhousie also plays host to a large Chinese immigrant population, that includes a number of Mandarin and Cantonese speakers.
Dalhousie is small and largely residential, so there’s not much around this hood. There are a couple of schools, as well as a local community centre. Drivers have access to Crowchild Trail NW and bus routes abound, making the neighbourhood easy for public transit users to navigate. The area’s small parks give it some green spaces. In the south end is a plaza with a gas station, a bookstore, and a couple of independent eateries. On the west side is a Canadian Tire. Just across the road – and outside the neighbourhood – is Northland Village, a shopping mall with a Walmart and a Best Buy.
Perfect for: Students and seniors.
Not-so-perfect for: Families with school age children, especially those seeking kid-oriented communities.