U.K.-based student accommodation booking provider Housemates is to expand into Canada.

The service currently operates in the U.K., Ireland and in Melbourne and Sydney in Australia. The company said it is used by students from more than 20 countries and lists more than 1.2 million beds in the U.K., Ireland and Australia.

The company is launching in several major cities in Canada, including Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and more, with new suppliers joining weekly.

The service works by allowing students to search, filter and browse rooms. Students can then book a room using the providers secure online checkout and liaise with the building manager for a moving in date.

“Canada has become a hotspot for international education and we are determined to make the transition into Canadian student life as seamless as possible for all our users,” said Lydia Jones, CEO of Housemates.

“We are grateful for the support of our affiliate partners who have recognised the tremendous opportunities Canada offers to students, which has motivated our expansion.”

Canada has experienced a large increase in the number of international students, partly due to affiliate partners who arrange for thousands of international students to study in Canada each year.

The Canadian Bureau for International Education’s data shows a 31% increase in international students in Canada from 2021 to 2022. At the end of 2022, Canada reported 43% growth over the previous five years and nearly 170% over the last decade. In 2023, almost one million student visas were issued.

The Canadian government this week announced it is introducing a two-year cap on student numbers because the surge has affected rental property availability and pushed up rents. The new rules will mean around 364,000 international student permits will be issued in 2024.



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