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Hi all 

 I am a mature student with a wife and a primary school child altogether moving to Edmonton from BC. 

My first and foremost concern, I need to rent a half decent place. I’ve been researching online and it’s very very hard  for me to kind of envision what those areas are like, having never been to Edmonton myself.

1. Sunset valley 

2. Ellerslie 

3. Oliver (cost is high though for a decent condo) but I am concerned of safety issues since downtown/Uni area I heard is quite old ? 

4. Uni residence at Michener park 

5. Strathcona 

It would be great if anyone could offer any insights as to whether these places are livable in terms of the town itself and travel distance to the university. 

Thanks !!!




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Hey Tony,

The answer will depend on how much driving you are prepared to do, and what your parking situation will be. If you've got a family and are comfortable commuting 30+ mins each way to campus, Ellerslie is probably the best choice (nice suburban area). If you want to be close (or transit accessible) then McKernan, Belgravia are great choices. Probably Oliver is the next best choice, as it's got easy access to the university while still having some good schools within walking distance. Strathcona is probably a poor choice for a child - it's right around the big party area of Edmonton (Whyte Ave) and I'm not sure if they have a good elementary school around there. 


Some other choices with easy transit would be: Westmount, Inglewood, Woodcroft, Bonnie Doon, even Sherbrooke. 


Probably the best choice in my opinion would be Malmo or Lendrum. They are family oriented neighbourhoods, but close enough to the uni, and the LRT stop at Southgate mall is easily accessible. Plus, you could get a house in these areas rather than a condo. 


Check out the LRT routes and driving times to make your choice a bit clearer. I'm big on transit because driving around the university area is a nightmare and parking is EXPENSIVE and not always guaranteed. I know some people manage it though. 

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To give you some perspective, I have lived in the Ellerslie area for a few years now, and I'll give a bit of an idea what I've found it's like to live there. Hope this helps!


It is 45 minutes transit to the UofA if you do not have to wait at all at the bus or train. An hour is usually safe to budget for transit time. After 9pm-ish and before 6am, the busses are less frequent; they can be 30 minutes to an hour apart. As for driving, it is exactly 30 minutes to the UofA if traffic is good.


I have never felt unsafe in the Ellerslie area. I once had to take a longer walk home (~10 minutes) from a night class, but I felt very safe since most of the paths are lit, and there are not a lot of partiers.

For Kids

There are a lot of walking paths and most of them are lit. There are also a lot of playgrounds. In my area, there is one 5-minutes walking away and two more 15-20-minutes walking away. There are also a decent amount of local schools that are easily-accessible by transit. Also, the area seems to be primarily young families.

I grew up in the countryside, so the biggest plus of this area is how quiet it is. At night, it is practically silent, and it is still relatively quiet during the day. A lot of people seem to trust the area enough to let their kids walk themselves to and from school, let their kids leave bikes in the yard, leave their garage doors open for a while, and leave the keys in their vehicles.

Edit: If you're also looking to buy a place, it might be helpful to look into the planned LRT expansions since that can affect property values.

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