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    I hope some of you upstate New Yorkers can help me here...I'm moving to Canada with my b/f for a year on November 1st this year, we'll be staying in toronto for around 6 months and I'd like to tyr to get some design work in this time. Here's my problem...Toronto's a lot bigger than any city I'm used to and I dont want to end up living in the opposite end of town to my job (I currently have a 1.5 hour commute each way) so are there any areas of toronto that have a high density of design firms??

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    Downtown area is infested with them.

    A good start may be Marketing Magazine, alot of freelance opportunities.
    http://members.marketingmag.ca/login.jsp

    I will find some other for you, I just have to go to a meeting.
    "You're just jealous because YOUR hat doesn't have a clock in it!"

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      and I'm guessing downtown is expensive to live? looking at sub-letting/short-term let apartment web-sites and most seem to say downtown/annexe/beaches are all expensive. Though we were looking for somewhere where we could experience toronto properly so I suppose downtown would be the best for that too.

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        I've looked at Marketing Mag before, but the problem is most listings just say 'Toronto' and don't specify what district/area

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        • #5
          You might want to look in Mississauga too. It's a fair way out of the city, but there seems to be a lot of firms there.

          But pretty much, they're everywhere.
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          • #6
            god, thanks macFinn, as i said I'm not used to the size of a place like Toronto, coming from Glasgow! so I could pretty much get a flat where it's cheap and not have to worry too much about a commute?

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            • #7
              I think what you'll need to worry about is getting a flat that's cheap
              Cost of living here is pretty high.

              Myself, I commute about an hour each way everyday, it's a pain but it's doable. I work right downtown so I take the subway.

              Research some companies your interesting in first, depending on what kind of job you want (size of company) you'll have a lot of options.
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              • #8
                doh, misread your post, didn't realize you needed a place to live. My bad.

                Toronto Transit is actually a really good way to get around. I can get downtown on transit faster than by car.

                Mississauga while cheap is "out in the boonies" as far as down town. Depending on where you would be it could be a 1.5 hr plus transit ride.

                One warning - Stay out of Scarbourough. Cheap to live, but just a dirty boring area.
                "You're just jealous because YOUR hat doesn't have a clock in it!"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Danger_Mouse
                  Toronto Transit is actually a really good way to get around. I can get downtown on transit faster than by car.
                  For sure! Even if I had a car I wouldn't be driving downtown.

                  One warning - Stay out of Scarbourough. Cheap to live, but just a dirty boring area.
                  Not the safest area either, and it's out a ways too.
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                  • #10
                    I think we'd prob rather live somewhere cramped near the centre than a larger flat on the outskirts, afterall it's not permanent. My b/f is prob just going to get bar-work and that's why I was worried about commuting - I do it at the moment and we hardly see each other at all, one of the main reasons we're going away is to spend more time together. So I know if I end up staying somewhere devoid of design opportunities I'll prob just end up doing bar-work too so I'm not living the reclusive life I do here (between my full-time job and free-lancing)! so I'm really keen keep the comute to a minimum.

                    I've seen some downtown (cabbagetown?) flats advertised at $950 for one bedrooms (hope this doesn't break the no price discussion rule!!) roughly the same aswe're paying here (425) but maybe these are dives!

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                      just realised I've been totally overdoing the exclamation marks - I'm very tired sorry (!)

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                      • #12
                        If you're planning on living downtown, don't worry about the commute too much. LIke DM said, the TTC (toronto transit commission) is a pain in the ass, but good at getting you were you need to go. In the city you can pretty much hop on a streetcar or a subway to get you where you need to go.

                        If you're set paying $950-$1000 then you should be fine, I don't know too much about downtown costs, but that's pretty close to what I pay in North York (top of Toronto).
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                        • #13
                          not set on it but that would be pretty much our maximum - we manage on that here (that's quite cheap here) so unless we earn a lot less in canada we should be fine. Might even try a bedsit (Bachelor?) flat for cheaper if we can find a nice one.

                          That's good then if everywhere is pretty much commutable by the TTC in the centre, I was worried that the districts would be almost like small cities themselves (sorry if i'm being naive). I'm so excited now - only 7 weeks to go (only 3 at my boring full time job thankfully) and then we go!

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                            Where are you in North York Mac? Im at Don Mills and Lawrence.
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                              Abi....spend some time looking . Sometimes in the Danforth area you will find a family with a house renting a basement apt or something at a good price for the right couple.
                              Do some digging and I am sure you will find a good deal.
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