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Initial Place to stay for new comers .




I have recently arrived and would like to share my experience with Uncle Pritam whose reference I gathered from Canadiandesi.com .

From India it is quite warming to feel that there s a person ready to pick you up from the Airport and provide you a place to stay .But please be aware that you will be charged good for sub standard services and fail to get value for money paid .

You pay $500/- to stay in a dingy basement room sharing the room with 2-3 others on bunk beds and unhygeinic conditions which also prevail in the wash room and kitchen . Only advantage is that you get Indian food once a day and have the company of new 'trapped' Immigrants who are also searching for a new alternative.

You are better off at Sunny Newcomer Services (www.sunnynewcomer.com) or Barry House (www.barryhouse.net) which provide you much more better facilities (private roomsand all ) at similar prices . I felt cheated at Uncle Pritams after staying here.

For those who are about to arrive and are looking for a place to stay at initially for a week or a month please try the following links , communicate with them from India and then decide yourself .

I would urge fellow desis also to put forth some more links so as to help newcomers as I faced this problem and I did not find a lot of references .

Do not miss out the Classifieds section on this site and at http://www.toronto.craiglist.org" rel="nofollow">LINK craiglist

1. http://www.sunnynewcomer.com" rel="nofollow">LINK sunnynewcomer
2. http://www.darryhouse.net/dh/index.htm" rel="nofollow">LINK darry guest house
3. http://www.torontorooms4u.com/" rel="nofollow">LINK Jessica Guest House
3. http://www.toronto.craiglist.org" rel="nofollow">LINK craiglist
4. http://www.kijiji.ca" rel="nofollow">LINK kijiji
5. http://www.ubpayingguest.com" rel="nofollow">LINK ubpayingguest
6. http://www.unclepritam.com" rel="nofollow">LINK unclepritam

email also .

Fido

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Last edited by: Fido on 22-05-07 05:55:52
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Spahilajani
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Hi Fido,

That was very useful information, can u elaborate even further.


 
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Fido
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Hi there ,

My initial findings suggest that the prevailing rate for a private bedroom is $25-$30 per day exclusive of food . Or likewise it could be $500 - $600 for a month . For families staying in a room it should be little higher.

In this amount u can get free - kitchen facilities , high speed internet , telephone for local calls , washer and dryer and of course clean linen and living facilities . There s no need to share your room with anyone and dont be conned if someone takes it granted .

Fido.

PS : Live in Down Town ... Transportion is cheaper , better and u r close to all amenities . Mississauga is 1- 1.5 hours away.

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swampghost
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Initial Place to stay for new comers .

Fido,

I absolutely agree with you, I had a similar experience with one Gujju family
living in scarborugh, where I had stayed for a week with my family. I was intially tols that there is no other guests there , and when I landed there was about 15 of them. Within a week I had enough and managed to rent an apartment , at a reasonable rate. In the end they had charged me 500 dollars for a week's stay. New comers please don't get in to the trap in the eagerness
to stay with Indian families and help for pick up , SIN card, PR card etc. What I found is that the things are extremely transparent in Canada, It is very easy to move around, find locations, and 2 out of 5 are Desis anyway to seek help


 
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rajuyathi
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My experience
I did lot of search to find a place to stay with some indian. Then I found it may not be necessary. Finally, I landed in a guest house with $28 per day. It was okay with me as I had decided to stay just for a week, with discounts, it came to $180 for a week. It is in Scarborough, near Agin court mall. It is basically a 3 bedroom apartment, each room is independent and clean, operated by a chinese couple. No troubles, no disturbance, a good well furnished kitchen, you can cook anything you like.
I got an Indian friend within a week and moved to his apartment on sharing basis.
So, I suggest, you not to worry too much on initial stay, as you are bound to spend some thing like $180 for a worry-free stay.

Jessica's Guest House,
http://www.torontorooms4u.com" rel="nofollow">LINK
reservation: (416)602-1020

thanks,


 
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neerupam
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Hi Fido,

I have similar experience staying with a Gujju with the name (Moderator's note : Please do not use people's names. If someone wants those details they can either email or PM you) He committed the following;

1. Rent for 4 people : $275

2. Food cost : $250 (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

5% discount + Free airport pick up + TV + Swimming pool + Phone + free personal assisatance as new comers

I wrote him atleast 4 emails giving him the complete details of my arrival and he agreed for everything. However when I landed he was not there, his mobile was switched off and then his wife said that he doesn't know which terminal the flight arrives ! I think one can get complete information about the flight from help desk of the airport.

1. So he didn't turn up for pick up !
2. No 5% discount
3. TV was in his drawing room, so he watch with everyone else
4. Swimming pool was dirty and was not in use.
5. And on our arrival his wife declared only lunch or breakfast will be served.
6. You pay misc. charges $25 for keeping my SIN/PR card
7. Add 15% as tax on all.
8. The only assisstance he provided is that on request he dropped us a Square Mall. Of course, he used to give all information about how to reach a place by bus!

So guys be careful with these "VERY SMART?" guys.

Cheers




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veeru
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Originally posted by rajuyathi

I did lot of search to find a place to stay with some indian. Then I found it may not be necessary. Finally, I landed in a guest house with $28 per day. It was okay with me as I had decided to stay just for a week, with discounts, it came to $180 for a week. It is in Scarborough, near Agin court mall. It is basically a 3 bedroom apartment, each room is independent and clean, operated by a chinese couple. No troubles, no disturbance, a good well furnished kitchen, you can cook anything you like.
I got an Indian friend within a week and moved to his apartment on sharing basis.
So, I suggest, you not to worry too much on initial stay, as you are bound to spend some thing like $180 for a worry-free stay.

Jessica's Guest House,
http://www.torontorooms4u.com" rel="nofollow">LINK
reservation: (416)602-1020

thanks,



I also stayed at the same place when I landed here in August 2004. I took the big family room with attached washroom and it was really nice stay to begin with in Canada. I stayed for full August month and adjusted myself to new beginning in Canada with my family with a very positive mindset. We had very good time and comfortable stay in Jessica guest house.

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unclepritam.com reply to Fido
Hi Fido,

I see your comment on uncelpritam.com. I am sorry that you have passed a very unprofessional opinion on a person who has been serving the newly arriving immigrants in Canada since last twelve years. The person running the facility takes personal interest in the business and has an outstanding accommodation facility. In fact it would be nice if you come out and visit the location, yourself. I have been a member of the facility in the past and can say that I have had a very very pleasing experience there. Not only that as a newly arrived immigrant the owner of the facility himself went out his way to see that I am employed and on the first day of my arrival I was able to start working in Canada (of course after having my SIN No.) because of this man. Without knowing me and without any expectation he helped me. I can understand that you may have had one off situation there, but let me tell you and anyone who wants to be a guest at uncelpritam.com, it is a very nice facility, the folks are very very kind hearted and understanding people. In fact i would go to the extent of saying that this man has a great contribution to my success in Canada. I had been through very difficult times when I used to live there, and this man like my own father morally supported me and encouraged me. I can go on and on but am stopping here with the request to those reading Fido's comment that please do not get carried away by it. If you are going to be at Uncelpritam.com please go there, I am sure that you will not only have a home in Canada but also a fatherly figure with you.


 
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Outstanding - my foot !! You call a dingy basement accommodation with dirty bunk beds and a dirtier wash room with centipedes crawling and 10 bodies using it - outstanding - not to mention dirty linen :(. Uncle Pritam should thank his stars that Authorities have not got to him and may be for the same community reasons , I have not complained as well , but would not hesitate to do so if needed.

Uncle Pritam is simply exploiting new comer Indians by providing them sub standard accommodation and charging them as soon as they arrive ... He is very very money minded .Most of the ppl I knew when I was there , were complaining and leaving after there 1st month was over . Be aware - DO NOT pay one full month rent w/o trying the accommodation for 1 day .... Imagine exploiting new people of your own community who are not even aware of Canada .

Check out other guest houses .In the same price that Uncle Pritam provides you a 'sharing bunk bedded dingy basement room' , others which are also mentioned in the above post will give you an independent above ground well furnished room and then you will realize that Uncle Pritam is conning you.

Not to mention , Uncle Pritam will try and 'help you' by recommending you to some dead end labor jobs , not disclosing that he gets commission out of that ;)

Last , but not the least I have not posted on unclepritam.com as the above post suggests. Uncle Pritam , please be aware that impersonating someone else on a forum is known as 'trolling' and you risk being banned for that .

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I arranged for a friend's stay at Sunny Newcomer. Run by Chinese folks, they have a couple of locations. The one where my friend stayed was at Don Mills/Sheppard where one of the old apartment buildings in Parkway Forest has been converted to owned condos. They have a 4 bedroom apartment with a shared bathroom between three rooms and the master bedroom comes with an ensuite (Costs more, though). They charge around $28 for the other rooms. There is a shared kitchen and living room with free local calls. Each room has a TV with wireless internet accesss. They also provide keys to the apartment, laundr room, the rented room as well as the main building. Overall, my friend stayed for one week was pretty satisfied with the experience.

 
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