Ok, I'm back from my one day trip to Kingston for middle son who is second year at Queens. They have a tradition there, where first year is taken care of at residence, and from then on you are thrown to the wolves, and must make your own cave in the jungle of the local housing. If you think I'm kidding about the 'wild' references, you should see some of these places! My stomach is still turning!
The Kingston housing economics is very interesting. For a while, all Ontario universities had a 'double cohort', which meant that Grade 13 was eliminated, and both grade 12&13 went to university at once. This created a bonanza for rental housing at Kingston, with very far houses full up. Now that 'pig in a python' has been fully digested, and there is a total rental housing collapse, with only the near houses finding renters. Top that with a total collapse of the selling market, (Ontario recession) and it is interesting. The place we got was a resale, but they gave up and started renting. Very nice basement, with an all-inclusive price, and shorter than 12 month lease. Just last year, they forced people to take 12 month leases with utilities extra!