University of Alberta students hunting for housing should start searching further from the post-secondary facility, says its students’ union.


With little or no accommodation left to rent in or around the university, students could be left looking elsewhere for places to call home in neighbourhoods all across the city, says U of A students’ union external vice-president Steven Dollansky.


“Our central campus is in one of the most sought after places in the city,” said Dollansky. “We have a vacancy rate of less than one per cent and we have the highest rents here in the city.”


Dollansky says with the university’s transit U-Pass, more students are finding cheaper deals on accommodations in other neighbourhoods, but chances are they will be paying more on rent if they’re seeking two-bedroom suites or accommodation that’s not shared.