• Top 5 Resources for All Students

    Aug 31, 2016

    University is the place where if something can happen, it probably will. Luckily, the help you need is only steps away from your Timbercreek Communities Apartment. Today’s post from the Timbercreek Communities highlights five resources all students will want to know about as they return to campus this fall.

    Students - Campus

    1. Registrar’s Office

    What is holding you back from success? Whether your grades are mysteriously slipping or you simply can’t pick your major, the Registrars Office is your resource for academic solutions. Locate this spot on campus early, as it is essential for signing up for classes, changing your degree or creating a game plan with an advisor to stay on track for graduation. At the University of Toronto, the Registrars Office is located at University College (15 King’s College Circle, Room 157), only a 15-minute walk from The Maitlands Apartments (36 Maitland Street).

    2. Wellness Centre 

    Feel better when you feel sick with the peace of mind that help is only a short walk away. Visit the student wellness centre to see a health professional. At Western University in London, Student Health Services (1151 Richmond Street) is just a five-minute walk from The Dorchester Apartments (1231 Richmond Street).

    3. Gymnasium

    The campus gym is your spot to stay in shape, keeping your brain sharp and your body strong so that you can power through the school year. From Metropolitan Towers (57 Union Street East), students can take advantage of the gymnasiums, squash courts, pool, studios, rock climbing walls and more at the Physical Activities Complex (200 University Avenue West) at the University of Waterloo, a 10-minute bike ride from home.

    4. Academic Centre

    Not every class you take will or should be your cup of tea. You may need a tutor to walk you through coursework or give your paper a second glance. At the University of Ottawa, the Student Success Centre (SASS) is home to the Aboriginal Resource Centre, the Academic Writing Help Centre, mentoring programs, counseling services and more. The SASS main office (100 Marie-Curie Private, 4th Floor, MCE) is only a 10-minute walk from Stewart Apartments (146 Stewart Street).

    5. Student Life

    The social aspect of university is just as important as staying healthy and maintaining your good grades. Create a new network of friends and resources and learn a new skill by joining a club. At Hamilton’s McMaster University (1280 Main Street West), a five-minute drive or 20-minute walk from Glen Terrace Apartments (44 & 50 Glen Road), you can learn all about the campus clubs online.

    Timbercreek Communities wishes you an awesome start to the 2016/17 school year! For more information about Timbercreek Communities Apartments, many of which are conveniently located near universities, visit our website today. 

  • Top 5 Spots to Grab Lunch Near McMaster University

    Aug 30, 2016

    TacosIf you’re heading off to University this fall, Congrats! We’ve assembled a list of affordable spots to grab some lunch, plus how long it takes to get to them from McMaster campus and your Hamilton apartment.

    Pita Pit

    A healthier alternative to the usual fast food, Pita Pit (1056 King Street W. Hamilton) is less than a 10 minute walk from McMaster campus  (1280 Main Street West) or a 3 minute bike ride from Glen Terrace Apartments (44 & 50 Glen Road, Hamilton). They have a fresh selection of pita sandwich options, including breakfast pitas and fresh fruit smoothies.


    If you’re looking to fill up and spice up your lunch, look no further than Shehnai Authentic Indian Cuisine (447 Main Street West). They offer a $10.99 lunch buffet everyday, and all the vegetable dishes are different everyday, so you’ll never get bored. Shehnai is a 13 minute bike ride from Mainwell Apartments (23 Spring Street South) a 13 minute walk from Le Palais & Capital Terrace (175 & 205 Hunter Street West) or a 13 minute bike ride from campus.

    Taco Del Mar

    Taco Del Mar (1339 Main Street West) is a takeout friendly Mexican chain restaurant that features Baja-style burritos, fish tacos and more. Full meals are available for under $10 and it’s right across the street from McMaster campus (12 minutes by bicycle from Main Place, 2000 Main Street West).

    South China Chinese Food

    If you’re craving Chinese food between classes, South China Chinese Food (1223 Main Street West) is less than a 10 minute walk from campus or a 7 minute bike ride from Glen Terrace Apartments.

    Joya Sushi

    Sometimes it just has to be sushi. Joya Sushi (1630 Main Street West) features daily lunch specials between 11:30 am and 3pm for $7.95 to $8.95. They are a 10 minute walk from campus (7 minutes by bike from Main Place Apartments).

    Even when you’re short on time and money, these convenient spots are a great place to visit for lunch. We hope they make life a little bit easier this year. For more information on Timbercreek rental properties in Hamilton, please click here.

  • 4 Cheap and Easy Decorating Tricks for Renters

    Aug 25, 2016

    With IKEA at your doorstep and a big, beautiful London apartment just waiting to be transformed into your personal retreat, it’s time to start decorating. Timbercreek Communities features cheap and easy tricks to add character and charm to your space.

    DIY Ottoman

    As all IKEA hackers know, the place to start is the as-is section, where you can find great deals on gently-used furniture. With a cheap and easy decorating trip or two, these pieces can be masterfully transformed. For example, replace the legs and add your fabric of choice to turn an ordinary ottoman into the fantastic footrest your living space craves, no sewing required.

    NightstandIKEA Hack Nightstand

    After picking the perfect—yet completely average and affordable—nightstand from IKEA, a five-minute drive from Canterbury Towers Apartments (760 & 770 Wonderland Road South) or The Boardwalk Apartments (725, 735 & 745 Wonderland Road South), it’s time to get busy. Upgrade your buy into an elegant bedside table. For the price of spray paint and contact paper, this project can be completed in one of four different ways, depending on your style.

    DIY Lantern Terrarium

    The lovely thing about this DIY Lantern Terrarium is that it looks great in any room in your London Apartment, making it an extra smart purchase for your dollar. Besides the basic lantern from IKEA, you will need a handful of arts and crafts supplies. For whatever you do not have on hand, check out the nearest Michael’s (3080 Wonderland Road South), a five-minute drive from Westmount Suites (750 Wonderland Road South).

    Storage and Decor in One

    You will never regret decor that doubles as storage, especially when it costs so little. A cart at IKEA can look pretty basic, but with a touch of creative lettering and a few utensil containers mounted with zip-ties, it becomes a very functional yet very chic decorative piece.

    Have fun decorating your apartment with today’s tricks for renters from Timbercreek Communities. For more information about London apartments, visit our website today.

  • Staying Safe On and Off Campus

    Aug 23, 2016

    Campus Safety‘Safety first’ is always a good mantra -- from the time you enter first grade to the first time you set foot in university. In today’s post we have given you a few easy yet effective ways to stay safe on and off campus.

    Keep Your Friends Close

    Staying safe is easier and more fun with a friend at your side. When walking across campus or exploring off-campus, especially at night, ask a roommate or classmate to join you. If no one is available, check if your university has a service like the WalkSafe program at Ryerson University (350 Victoria Street) in Toronto, which offers students and faculty a free uniformed escort at any time, any day of the week. Ryerson University is a 10-minute walk from Sherwood Apartments (392 Sherbourne Street).

    Take a self-defense class

    The University of Ottawa (75 Laurier Avenue East), located just a 10-minute walk from York Towers (135-145 York Street), offers regular self-defense classes that are free for students. The course typically runs on a Friday and Saturday, for a total of 12 hours. Participants learn basic skills and strategies for safety that can be implemented in daily routines, like walking to and from your apartment. Check your university or local fitness or community centre for similar classes.

    Download an app

    Put technology to use as another way to stay safe, on and off campus. Apps for your smartphone, such as bSafe, can alert selected friends and family if you fail to check-in on time after your evening dinner party or early-morning run. Other features of bSafe include the ability to share your location, set timers and program fake calls.

    Plan ahead

    Not all scary situations can be avoided by planning ahead; however, if there’s a chance that careful planning could prevent an unwanted circumstance, why not give it a try? Waterloo’s Wilfrid Laurier University (75 University Avenue West), less than a 20-minute walk from Avenue Apartments (137 University Avenue West), offers an easy-to-use toolkit for planning to attend or host an off-campus activity or events.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes today’s tips never have to be put to use, but rather give you the peace of mind you need to focus on schoolwork and friends.

    For more information about safe and secure Timbercreek Communities apartments, visit our website today.

  • Why Every Student Should Ride a Bike to School!

    Aug 18, 2016

    Need a reason to start biking? Today’s post offers a quick and easy overview of why every student should ride a bike from Timbercreek Communities apartments to school.

    Biking to School

    Quick Exercise

    Biking is a proven way to build muscle and strengthen your heart. You can burn hundreds of calories while biking, and potentially not even realize it. If you’re focused on the road and enjoying the great outdoors, time will quickly pass as you improve your stamina and tone your legs commuting the short distance from your Timbercreek Communities apartment to the classroom.

    Reduce Personal Carbon Footprint

    With somewhere in the ballpark of 18 million vehicles currently crowding Canada’s roads, all of which release their fair share of harmful greenhouse gases into our environment, choosing to ride a bike to school can be your way of taking a stand against climate change and reducing your own carbon footprint.

    Save Money on Transit

    Biking is affordable. If you opt for a refurbished bike from a local repair shop, a reliable set of wheels will cost you little. Compared to the cost of maintaining a car, plus that expensive student parking pass, biking can help you save valuable dollars during your time at university.

    Feel Healthy

    If nothing else convinces you to bike, this may do the trick -- biking can reduce stress and fatigue. As a college student, you often find yourself weighed down by countless commitments and an endless pile of assignments. Cut out the unnecessary worries with a quiet bike ride, proven to help you feel better and give you a boost of energy for your school week.

    Timbercreek Communities is giving you the facts that you need to consider biking to and from class this school year. Before you hit the road, remember to research your local bicycle rules online and to invest in a sturdy lock to keep your bike safe.

    For more information about Timbercreek Communities apartments, many of which are located within a short bike ride of local universities, visit our website

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