The rent here in BC can be bad depending on the city too. Where I live, a one bedroom apartment with a tiny kitchen and living room/den can easily be $800/month without utilities and such. And the houses.... sheesh. The one next to us is trying to sell for 2.4 million dollars Canadian. And don't get me wrong, this isn't the top-class neighbor hood at all - the average neighborhood houses can also quite easily read a $1.7 mil. asking price (and the lots are usually tiny and crammed).