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COVID, housing crisis affect Halifax’s international students

‘It was kind of a journey to find a place without any network as an international student,’ says Taehong Kim

The far-reaching effects of Halifax’s housing crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic have created obstacles for international students looking to study in the province, forcing them to scramble to find suitable accommodations.

While the housing market in Atlantic Canada’s biggest city continues to heat up, international students are finding little in the way of selection.

Umme Mim Mohsin, a master’s student at Dalhousie University, described some of the difficulties she faced in trying to get housing when she moved to Nova Scotia from Bangladesh in 2021. Mohsin said that apart from the challenge of trying to apply for apartments while not in the country, there weren’t many places to choose from.

Fortunately, she added, she had help from community members in Bangladesh during her search, eventually securing a loft space in a house to rent. …[Read More]