A friend of mine just received official word that he’s going on a doctorate exchange to York University in Toronto from August 2010 to the end of the year (hooray!). Obviously, this means he now needs to find a place to live. Before the Craigslist scouring begins, it would be good to know a few things about this area.
Attached is a map where he’s marked the locations of the university, downtown Toronto and the headquarters of a martial art he practices. Ideally, the apartment would be situated somewhere with pretty good access to all three places. Probably a one-bedroom, maybe two, depending on the rent levels in Toronto.
So, Toronto Dopers, are there good apartments to be found somewhere in this vicinity? What are people paying for apartments in this general area? What’s a “reasonable” rate, i.e. if a Craigslist posting has a two-bedroom apartment for rent at $650/month, is that a rip-off, a fair price, or a sign that the apartment doesn’t have an indoor bathroom or something? (We get these in the local papers all the time: “225€/month on Helsinginkatu!” -> 10 m2, no stove, no shower)