Renting a Downtown Ottawa Student Apartment: A Quick Guide for University of Ottawa Students

If you go to school at the University of Ottawa, you want to live close to campus – which means you need to find a student apartment right in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Luckily for you, District Realty has several excellent apartment buildings located in the downtown core (just steps away from major streets such Elgin, Bank, O’Connor, etc.), so you’ll not only live close to class, but you’ll have immediate access to all of the stores, restaurants, bars, and entertainment options that downtown Ottawa has to offer.


Ask any student, and they’ll agree – one of the best things about renting an apartment in downtown Ottawa is the quick and easy transportation. The O-Train runs right through downtown, providing easy and affordable access to the entire city.

As an added bonus, the O-Train runs until 2 a.m., meaning you can stay out late and still make it back to your downtown apartment before the train stops running.


Then again, who needs to go anywhere when there’s so many convenient shopping and dining opportunities right on your doorstep when you rent an apartment in downtown Ottawa? For the basics, just take a quick walk down Bank, Elgin, or Rideau Street and you’ll find a variety of banks and grocery stores. For a greater selection of stores, be sure to check out the Rideau Centre (always a popular destination due to its key location on the O-train, and home to popular outlets such as EB Games and Old Navy).

If shopping outdoors is more your thing, you can’t go wrong with the Byward Market, which is one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets, where you can buy a variety of fresh flowers, produce, and art. The Market is also where you’ll find a great selection of restaurants, pubs, and clubs – perfect for a night out on the town.


Downtown Ottawa is also an excellent location for live entertainment. When you rent a downtown Ottawa apartment from District Realty, you’re within walking distance of the Ottawa Fringe Festival, which mostly takes place around the University of Ottawa campus and features dozens of highly entertaining, witty and sometimes controversial plays by local and national theatre groups. For a more refined night out, there’s also the National Arts Centre, which hosts hundreds of theatre, dance, opera, orchestra, concert and variety performances each year.

Last (but certainly not least), if you live in a downtown Ottawa apartment rental, the world famous Rideau Canal runs right through your backyard. Enjoy running or biking along the gorgeous paths during the summer. In the winter, the Canal freezes over, creating the world’s longest skateway.

When you rent a student apartment in downtown Ottawa, you’ll definitely appreciate the location, affordability, and convenience.