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I live about 5 minutes from Seneca Newnham. It's in the north east sector of the city.
I used to rent rooms to Seneca students in fact. By the way you shouldn't need to pay more than $450 a month to get a decent private room/shared kitchen arrangement. But you'll probably be in the residence I imagine... in any event, it's a suburban area with mostly homes and apartment buildings in the area. But it's about a 15 min bus ride to North York City Center, and about 45 minutes to downtown. It's an ethnically diverse area but with a higher % of Chinese and East-Indians. There's lots of community centers, parks, tennis courts and shopping (Fairview mall) nearby.

Yes, this past winter was extremely mild. If that continues I'd be surprised. Now is the best time of the year in my estimation weather-wise.
 

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Iswhatitis:
IS IT ADVISABLE for me to look for accommodation while in canada or away. I would like a whole apartment for my boyfriend and i. How much would that roughly cost..
Once you're sure you're coming, yes. When I lived here I rented a month to month furnished apartment downtown until I could scope out the area and decide where I wanted to live. This was about $600/month but it was tiny. In other locations I took a furnished sublet. Renting a place for a year over the internet can be difficult because you can't see it, don't know the conditions, etc.

There are lots of condos that have been built lately that are being rented out by the investors. Tend to be smaller than the older apartments but you'll know the condition and quality. It depends on your budget and the type of accomodations. If your looking at around $700-900/month you could probably get a decent basement apartment,
$800-1000 a regular 1BR apartment or condo. If you deal with a big building they will want a 1 year lease, with 2 months payment. However individual homeowners will have more leeway. Whether utilities are included varies. Check out craigslist.ca.

The seneca website has information on housing also. You may or may not be able to stay at the Newnham residence together for 1 semester until you get your footing.
 
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