You’ve made the decision to move to Whistler – in this blog post I list the best neighborhoods to live in Whistler, the best websites to search for rental properties and how much rent you can expect to pay per month.
Whistler has been my home for the past two years, and what a crazy, beautiful madness it is. Living in Whistler is unlike anywhere else I’ve ever lived. It’s an adrenalin-junkie’s dream with skiing & snowboarding being the sport of choice in the Winter. Which winter sport you choose will determine your destiny here, more on that below.
I’m sure you’ve already heard/ read that Whistler is one of the best ski destinations in the world. And in Summer you can enjoy downhill mountain biking or kayaking in its many lakes. You can even try your hand at the very unique sports of bobsledding and axe-throwing in Whistler. There are just so many unique things to do in Whistler!
We faced a lot of hurdles finding a suitable rental property in Whistler and so I’ve put together this incredibly detailed blog post to help you successfully find a place to rent in Ireland. I also have a blog post on moving to Whistler, it’s an incredibly detailed guide.
P.S. If you’re interested in applying for a Working Holiday Visa to Canada, read all my detailed instructions!
Finding a home to rent in Whistler
As you can imagine, it can be very difficult to find decent housing in Whistler. It is a very competitive market and rent can be quite expensive (depending on the area you wish to move to). Before starting your search there are a couple questions you should ask yourself first –
- How much rent can I afford?
- What area do you want to live in? Try to narrow it down to at least 5 areas.
- What does your ‘ideal rental property’ look like? How many bedrooms does it have? Does it have a garden? Parking? etc.
What you need to do to be successful in finding a place to rent in Whistler
- Join the local housing groups on Facebook such as Whistler Housing Rentals for Locals and Whistler Winter or Summer to find apartments and rooms for rent
- Search in the Pique – the local online magazine classifieds section
- Register your interest with local letting agencies like Whistler Property; Mountain Country or Whistler Property Management
- Ensure you have good previous rental references (even if they are from overseas) and enough money for a bond and your first months rent
- Try to arrive in Whistler before the peak seasons begin – if you’re planning to stay for the Winter season arrive in October and for the Summer season arrive in April. This way you will have more choice and slightly more reasonable rental options available to you.
How much is rent in Whistler?
Rent prices in Whistler vary massively, our two-bedroom apartment in Bayshores was $1800 CAD per month. Which was very reasonable, but the maximum number of tenants allowed was two. A big plus was it had a large wrap-around balcony and garden.
For units in Whistler village you are likely going to pay at least $2000 CAD per month for a studio, and from $2200 for a one-bedroom apartment. If you go further afield to Pemberton (a 30 minute drive) average rental prices for a one-bedroom decrease to about $1500 CAD per month. Further away in Squamish, a 45 minute drive from Whistler you’re lookign at about $1600 CAD for a one-bedroom.
If you really want to save money on rent, you can rent a bed in a room from about $500 CAD per month, this is just a bed so you will be sharing the room with one or two other people. Again this price massively depends on where the house is located and the condition of it. Some share houses are truly awful. Similarly, you can rent your own room in a share house from $1200 per room.
The best neighborhoods to live in Whistler
There are a couple of neighbourhoods in Whistler, here I will list the best/most popular. We lived in Bayshores for two full years and loved it.
Is the closest area to Whistler village, the prices here are a little more expensive but the apartments/ houses here are generally of good condition
The “original Whistler village” is a mini-village in itself and has some stores, bars and even the gondola to go up the mountain – meaning you don’t have to make your way into Whistler to ski
A family-friendly neighborhood with some beautiful chalet-style homes. It is a 10-15 minute drive into Whistler and a 15-20 minute walk to Creekside. Regular bus services operate from here.
Alpine Meadow/ Rainbow
Home to Meadow Park Sports Center and a large supermarket. It is a very popular and relatively cheap area to rent. It’s a 10-15 minute drive into Whistler, with a regular bus service operating.
Function Junction/ Cheakamus Crossing
These are the first neighborhoods you will come across as you drive up from Vancouver. Function Junction is more of an industrial area with some housing scattered within, it is home to the locally famous Re-use It Center. Cheakamus Crossing is the furthest neighbourhood from Whistler village, but most of the rental units here are new.
We recommend (if your budget allows) renting an apartment whilst you look for suitable long-term housing, here’s a list of some airbnbs we recommend –
- This Studio apartment in Whistler Village, costs from $75 CAD per night. It features a gas fireplace, Queen bed, Queen pull-out bed and is steps away from all the restaurants/ bars in Whistler.
- This Studio Apartment located in Creekside, costs just $45 CAD per night. It is located above locals favorite Creekbread restaurant and features a seasonal pool, patio with BBQ and a hot tub (which is available all-year for a small fee).
- This Cozy Studio on Main Street with a hot tub & pool costs from $75 CAD per night. From the Studio it is just a 7 minute walk to the base of both Whistler & Blackcomb Mountain.
- This super-luxurious ski-in-ski-out 1 bedroom apartment in Whistler’s Upper Village is trully gorgeous. Average nightly price is $250CAD per night!
- This Studio apartment for $130 CAD per night is located within the Mountain Side Hotel in Whistler Village. It’s ski-in-ski-out and is rated highly 9.5/10) by past guests
- Or book a cheap private room in Whistler Lodge Hostel on Nordic Drive for about $75 per night!
Best websites to search for a rental property in Whistler
- On Facebook Groups such as Whistler Housing Rentals for Locals and Whistler Winter or Summer
- Search in the Pique – the local online magazine classifieds section
- Search on the websites of local letting agencies like Whistler Property; Mountain Country or Whistler Property Management
Applying for a rental property in Whistler
The documents you should have at every viewing include:
- A form of I.D like your drivers licence, passport or other form of photographic I.D.
- References from past landlords
- A current work reference
- A current payslip or bank statement that shows your income
What you need to know about paying for utilities in Whistler
Utilities are typically not included in the monthly rent price in Whistler so make sure you have additional savings to pay electricity/gas and WiFi.When renting in Whistler, you need to set up the utilities accounts (gas, electric, WiFi etc.) in your own name. Ask your landlord which companies supply your gas and electricity, as it’s easier to stick with the same companies. You can of course shop around to get the best deal.WiFi and TV providers are competitive in Whistler so make sure you shop around to get the best available deal.
There’s no curbside waste collection in Whistler so you must physically bring your household waste to the rubbish depot at either Nesters (8010 Nesters Road) or Function Junction (1001 Lynham Road).
We didn’t pay any water charges in Whistler.
Thanks for reading my blog, Aimee x
Thanks so much for reading. I hope this guide has helped you plan your move to Whistler! If you found this blog helpful, be sure to browse around some more! I have guides on Canadian road trip tips, luxury vacation to Whistler as well as doing a ski season in Whistler and so much more!!