About GEC

Live better. Learn better.

GEC (Global Education City, or GEC Living) is the largest off-campus student accommodation provider in Vancouver, Canada. Our vision is to be the preferred accommodation for students studying in Vancouver by providing a comfortable and safe living environment.

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Why GEC

Vancouver is one of the most expensive cities in terms of the cost of living in Canada due to its beautiful environment and popularity among international students from around the world. Students and schools often face challenges in finding safe, comfortable, and affordable housing for their needs.

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How GEC got started

GEC has a unique beginning with a history rooted in the education sector. GEC’s parent company, Global Education Communities Corp., has been providing education-related services since 1992, helping students succeed in their academic pursuits.

In 2015, Global Education Communities Corp., addressed the student housing shortage problem by acquiring Viva Tower, a luxury serviced residence in Downtown Vancouver. The tower was transformed into GEC Viva, the first off-campus student residence in Vancouver, offering turnkey student accommodation services such as fully furnished suites, on- site management, security systems, and housekeeping services at an affordable cost. GEC Viva quickly became home to more than 1,000 students worldwide in its first year of operation.

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GEC Today

Since 2015, GEC has expanded its portfolio and established partnerships with nearly 100 schools throughout Vancouver, providing them with student accommodation services. GEC has five locations and seven fully operational residence buildings, with seven additional buildings currently under development.

With operating assets and a development budget exceeding C$1.3 billion and home to more than 4,000 students from 71 countries annually, GEC has become Vancouver’s largest off-campus student accommodation provider.

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OUR MISSION

At GEC, we are on a mission to provide a safe and supportive community so students staying with us can focus on their education instead of living conditions.

Our core values guide our mission and shape our actions:

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LEVERAGE

INNOVATIONS

To embrace new concepts and technologies to enhance the student living experience at an affordable cost.

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PUTTING

STUDENTS FIRST

To support students with a deep understanding of their needs away from home.

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FOSTER A

COMMUNITY

To create a supportive social atmosphere that encourages personal growth and friendship in our community.

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schools

[2023] Ultimate Guide to Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD)

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[2023] Ultimate Guide to Capilano University (CapU)

Capilano University (CapU) is one of the public universities in Vancouver, Canada that has been educating students from around the world. Currently, approximately 12,700 students attend CapU, and 2,500 of them are international students Where is Capilano University Located? The main campus is located at 2055 Purcell Way in North Vancouver, surrounded by the scenic […]

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[2023] Ultimate Guide to Vancouver Film School (VFS)

Vancouver Film School (VFS) is the most well-known private post-secondary entertainment arts institution located in Vancouver, Canada. It offers various programs in film production, game design, animation, and other related fields. The school is recognized for delivering industry-standard techniques and applicable skills to students. Many of its graduates have secured employment within the industry both […]

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[2023] Ultimate Guide to Trinity Western University (TWU)

Trinity Western University is a well-known private Christian university in Canada, and it is also the largest liberal arts university in the country. While the university is committed to educating Christian leaders, it is open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. TWU offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, including 48 undergraduate degrees, […]

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[2023] Ultimate Guide to University Canada West (UCW)

University Canada West (UCW) is a private university in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. With a range of career-oriented programs, making it a popular choice among both domestic and international students in Vancouver, B.C. UCW also has a strong focus on applied learning, giving students the opportunity to gain practical experience in their field of study […]

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[2023] Ultimate Guide to Douglas College

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[2023] Ultimate Guide to Simon Fraser University (SFU)

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[2023] Ultimate Guide to Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)

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[2023] Ultimate Guide to The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

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[2023] Ultimate Guide to Farleigh Dickinson University (FDU)

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[2023] New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), Vancouver Canada

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[2023] Ultimate Guide to University of British Columbia (UBC)

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[2023] Ultimate Guide to Langara College

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Guide

Overview of Student Housing in Vancouver [2024 Guide]

The rental market in Vancouver is highly competitive, with high demand and low vacancy rates. The rental prices in the city are relatively high, especially for popular neighbourhoods. According to the January 2024 Vancouver report from liv.rent, the average rent for an unfurnished one-bedroom unit in Metro Vancouver is around $2,367 per month. Ranking the […]

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How To Decorate Your Student Room in Shared Student Apartments

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How to Rent Smarter in Vancouver as a Student?

Key Takeaways Do you find renting a place is a stressful experience for you? It may be even worse if you are an international student and a first-time renter in Vancouver. From finding a trustworthy landlord to navigating through the complicated rental process, we understand the whole experience can be overwhelming. To begin your search […]

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Finding Your Perfect Vancouver’s Student Rental Living in 2023

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¿Cuál es el costo de vida en Vancouver como estudiante? [Agosto 2023]

¿Cuánto gasta un estudiante promedio en un mes de vida en Vancouver? Para responder brevemente a esta pregunta, el costo total oscila entre CAD $2,350 a $3,750 por mes, incluyendo alquiler, comestibles, facturas, entretenimiento y transporte. Quizás te interese saber cómo llegamos a esta cifra considerable. Profundicemos en el desglose de todos los costos y […]

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5 Tips to Find & Live with Roommates in Vancouver [2023]

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How Can International Student Buy a Home in Vancouver, Canada? [Tips in 2023]

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Top 25 Restaurants near BCIT Downtown Campus [2023]

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Top 10 Restaurants near UBC Vancouver Campus [2023]

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Top 8 Restaurants near SFU Burnaby Campus [2023]

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GEC Burnaby Heights Neighbourhood Guide

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What does GEC Housekeeping Services Provide?

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Living

Why Over 10,000 Students Chose GEC Student Residences in Vancouver

As the largest off-campus student housing provider in Western Canada, GEC Living operates multiple student rental projects across Metro Vancouver, accommodating over 3,000 students annually since 2017. While our fully serviced and furnished student residences deliver a comfortable, secure, and convenient student living experience, some may question our rental rates, which, when compared to other […]

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What’s The Cost Of Living In Vancouver As A Student? [Jan 2024]

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Universities and Colleges in Vancouver, Canada

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Tips for Renting in Vancouver (For Newcomers and First-Timers)

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