The GSA Off Campus Housing and Job Bank (the HOJO) is the Concordian’s source for housing and employment inquiries. Acting as both a resource for finding apartments and part-time work, the HOJO also offers a walk-in advocacy service for students facing issues with landlords and employers. The HOJO works in unison with both the Advocacy office and Legal Information Clinic, providing referrals and legal accompaniment when required. All of the services provided by the HOJO are confidential and available at no extra charge.
Hours of Operation
Sir George Williams Campus:
Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Office: H-260 (Mezzanine)
Thursday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tel: (514) 848-7474 ext 7935
The HOJO manages a Concordia-specific classifieds website, accessible only to Concordia students. From this website students can search and advertise for apartments, rooms, part-time and summer positions, used textbooks and tutoring services. All of the ads within our website are moderated by staff, offering a more reliable apartment and job service than the common website alternatives.
Please visit classifieds.csu.qc.ca for more information.
As well as our classifieds website, the HOJO has developed, in partnership with UTILE (L’Unité de travail pour l’implantation de logement étudiant), a comprehensive Montreal-specific housing information website. On this website students can compare Montreal neighbourhoods by transportation accessibility, food access, safety and general amenities; read comprehensive how-to’s on dealing with apartment issues; and access to basic facts on renting in Quebec.
For more information please consult likehome.info
Housing and Employment Advocacy
Throughout our hours of operation the HOJO is available for any walk-in inquiries students may have related to their landlord or employer. Since we’re not lawyers we cannot give legal advice, however, as advocates, we can provide legal information pertaining to your situation and walk you through your rights as an employee or a tenant in Quebec. We’ll provide any pertinent documents from CNESST or la Régie du logement and explain your legal recourses as they pertain to your situation.
Please note: we do not give legal information over the phone or by email.
You’ve received a court summoning to la Régie du logement, now what? The first step is to consult our advocacy service, the next is to request accompaniment. Prior to your accompaniment we’ll explain court procedures and what you need to bring with you. On the day of your hearing we’ll accompany you and be available for support and questions as they arise. We are not lawyers so we can’t represent you, we can however do our best to ensure that you’re ready to represent yourself!
I’m arriving in Montreal shortly; can the HOJO find me an apartment or a room?
First of all, we recommend that out-of-town students arrive at least 2 weeks before the semester begins. Finding an apartment in Montreal can take some work so it’s important to give yourself a lot of searching time. Be sure to arrange temporary housing for that searching time.
While we can make sure you have access to the classifieds website and fill you in on the best apartment-hunting strategies, we do not provide an apartment matchmaking service. The best way to ensure that you’re getting the best possible living situation while living in Montreal is informing yourself on the city’s housing rules and neighbourhoods (likehome.info), figuring out what your housing priorities are, regularly consulting classifieds websites (classifieds.csu.qc.ca), and visiting several apartments before signing a lease.
I just found an amazing and very cheap apartment on kijiji or craigslist! Is it too good to be true?
Many students are lured into apartment scams on mainstream classifieds websites. Often, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Is the ‘landlord’ living remotely (generally in France)? Are they asking you to wire them a money order? Are your exchanges with this person a little strange, potentially fake? Be careful, it could be a scam!
Are housing deposits legal in Québec?
No! While the landlord can request the first month’s rent upfront when you sign a lease, they may not ask for a damage, key or security deposit. This is illegal.
I have bedbugs! Is it my responsibility, or the responsibility of the landlord to pay for the extermination?
It is always your landlord’s responsibility to pay for any extermination, even if they claim that the bedbugs are your fault!
I’ve just graduated from Concordia, can you find me a job related to my field of study?
While we help folks looking for part-time and survival jobs, career-oriented jobs are not our department. For this sort of question your best bet is to consult with Career and Planning services, conveniently located on the same campus.