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Guide to Ottawa for International Students


Navigating around a new city can be stressful and overwhelming. With so many items on your to-do list, it can be hard to stay focused and positive. LIV Apartments is here to help with both your accommodations, and navigating your surroundings!


Finding your perfect apartment online can be hard when you aren’t able to see the actual space. To cover your accommodations in the meantime, LIV Apartments offers Extended Stay Suites that can be rented for 30 days or more. Newly renovated, fully furnished apartment units that provide access to everything you need in an apartment, including all the amazing amenities within the building! Whether you stay for 30 days while you try to find your permanent apartment, or decide to stay and rent a unit in the building, we are here to help you with your apartment search. You can learn more about our Extended Stay Suites here.

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Three major schools in Ottawa are all easily accessible from LIV Apartments.

University of Ottawa – 17 minutes by bus | 16 minutes by bike | 10 minutes by car | 45 minutes by foot
Carleton University – 19 minutes by bus | 13 minutes by bike | 10 minutes by car | 50 minutes by foot
Algonquin College – 35 minutes by bus | 45 minutes by bike | 20 minutes by car


While in a new country, it’s important to locate the closest banks, grocery stores, walk-in clinics and emergency rooms to get you started.

Within a 12 minute walk from LIV Apartments is a Scotiabank and CIBC branch. There is also a CIBC ATM at the corner of where LIV is located (less than a 1 minute walk away).

Grocery Stores
Your Independent Grocer which carries produce, meat, dairy, package foods, frozen foods and pharmacy items is accessible from a 10 minute bus ride, 7 minute car ride, 7 minute bike ride or 20 minute walk.

Walk-In Clinic and Emergency Room
Appletree Medical Centre – 7 minutes by bus | 3 minutes by bike | 3 minutes by car | 9 minutes by foot
The Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus –16 minutes by bus | 10 minutes by bike | 6 minutes by car


Bus route 14 is at the corner of the building, less than a 1 minute walk. You also have access to a ton of restaurants and shops within walking distance. In addition, you can check out bikes at LIV Apartments to get around and explore the city! To learn more about the bike service, you can speak to the concierge desk. If you’re exploring the city by bike, you can find a list of routes to check out here.


Safety is very important when you’re in a new area that you’re not familiar with. LIV Apartments is a secure and crime free building. Fob access is required to enter the building, there are video cameras throughout, along with a concierge desk at the front door ready to greet you.

City Attractions

LIV Apartments is in close proximity to a lot of attractions that you should check out while in Ottawa! The Canadian War Museum, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian Nature Museum, Parliament Hill, and the Byward Market, to name a few, are all easily accessible. You can see a list of trendy neighbourhoods to check out near LIV Apartments here.


Getting to know people in a new city can be hard. LIV Apartments has become a community – everyone knows each other, residents are friendly, and always happy to meet new people! The building also hosts resident events to help you get to know your neighbours!

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LIV Apartments is close to a TON of restaurants of a variety of cuisines. You can see a list of the top 20 restaurants to check out near LIV Apartments here.


In addition to the various bike paths that are accessible near LIV Apartments (as mentioned above), the building has a fully equipped gym with TechnoSystem technology and a yoga room.

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LIV Apartment Amenities

During your stay at LIV Apartments, you have access to all of the apartment amenities including a theatre room, business centre, café and lounge with FREE coffee, rooftop patio, party room and more! You can see a complete list of building amenities here.

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LIV Apartments has become a HUGE hot spot for Ottawa residents, and the Extended Stay option is great for International Students who are looking for some more time to sort out their living arrangements, or even for family members who want to spend a longer period of time in the City.

You can contact us here with any questions you may have about the Extended Stay Suites or LIV Apartments. We hope you enjoy Ottawa as much as we do!

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