Adobe Intern Community Guide - Ottawa

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WELCOME TO OTT A WA………………………………………………3 Congratulations on Your Internship with Adobe! What to Know About Renting in Ott a wa Ott a wa At-a-Glance

EXPLORE………………………………………………………………4 Westboro The Glebe


Byward Market

Golden Triangle

RENT…………………………………………………………………….6 Dwellworks Direct

Dwellworks Living

Additional Resources

SETTLE…………………………………………………………………7 Leasing Tips Transportation Hospitals and Emergency Services Shopping Local Attractions Nightlife


CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR INTERNSHIPWITH ADOBE! We are so excited you will be joining us soon. Ottawa is Canada’s capital, located on the south bank of the Ottawa River and in Eastern Ontario, bordering Gatineau (Quebec), and not too far from the U.S. border. Ottawa is a cosmopolitan melting pot of ethnicities and cultures and languages - its surrounding communities offer arts and culture, global cuisine, unique and brand name shopping, excellent schools, festivals (over 35 annually such as Winterlude), concerts and professional sporting events with fan favorites including the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators team and the Ottawa Redblacks football team. Ottawa has endless opportunities to be enriched both artistically and culturally. It encompasses all surrounding suburban neighborhoods of Kanata, Nepean, Orleans, and Cumberland, as well as Gatineau (Quebec) and is known as the National Capital Region where both English and French are spoken. Metro Ottawa’s population is approximately one million – the 4th largest city in Canada - and combined with the regional population it is quickly approaching 1.5 million. Ottawa is rated the second cleanest city in Canada and the third best in which to live, and the third cleanest city in the world ranking 14th globally for the best quality of life. WHAT TOKNOWABOUT RENTING IN OTT A WA The Ottawa rental market remains highly competitive. Finding a home requires an open mind, preparedness, and quick decision- making. The services Dwellworks provides are critical in this market. Local Experts maintain area knowledge and are skillful guides in navigating this competitive region. Your Local Expert will manage your home search and may work with trusted real estate professionals to tailor home options according to your specific needs and budget. Property availability can change swiftly due to fast demand and turnover. Those interested in a property must be prepared to make quick decisions and have funds, references, and proof of employment readily available. OTT A WA AT A GLANCE




Housing Availability

Low to Moderate

Very limited options for single-family homes.

Tenant Paid Real Estate Fees No (Renters are only permitted to work with one agent)

Typical Lease Length

12 Months

Typical Security Deposit

1 Month

Early Termination Clauses


Extremely limited.

Negotiation of Lease Terms


Due to lack of supply.



Located along the Ottawa River, Westboro has become one of the most desirable and sought-after neighbourhoods in which to live. Also referred to as Westboro Village, the country charm of this popular community can be seen through its picturesque views of the Gatineau Hills, and the character homes of post-war and 20th century on traditional tree- lined streets. The gathering place in this community is on Richmond Road where many shopping and dining experiences can be had. Outdoor recreation is a big past time here being by the Ottawa River, and evident by the many outdoor sporting goods stores in the area including Mountain Equipment Co-op.

THEGLEBE The Glebe is one of Ottawa’s affluent neighbourhoods with beautiful tree-lined streets and large colonial style homes and newer modern structures. The Glebe and Old Ottawa South are conveniently located close to downtown, and to the east hug the famous Rideau Canal where residents and visitors can enjoy cycling, running, and boating, and ice skating in the winter. Bank Street is a popular place in both communities where many residents have access to unique shops, cafes, global cuisine, and antique stores. The communities are also very student friendly with Carleton University being located in Old Ottawa South. The new addition of a walking and cycling bridge at Fifth Avenue gives residents easy access to Old Ottawa East on the other side of the Rideau Canal.

BARRHAVEN Barrhaven has experienced rapid growth in the last five years and is the most densely populated of Ottawa’s suburban communities. Just 20km southwest of downtown, it is a district situated between Highway 416 and the beautiful Rideau River. The area is a quiet suburban neighbourhood with good schools, great shopping choices, and all of the amenities families would need including a major athletic centre – the Walter Baker Sports Centre. The sports facility offers two ice hockey rinks, a swimming pool, a rock climbing wall, and an inflatable obstacle course.

BYWARDMARKET The historical Byward Market is one of Ottawa’s most popular tourist spots and liveliest neighbourhoods. It has five open-air cobblestoned courtyards filled with fountains, restaurants, bars, and shops. The district has one of Canada’s oldest farmer’s markets where local farmers sell their produce and vendors sell their handcrafted items. The area attracts many professionals, but its vibrant nightlife with street entertainment, live music, art galleries, and great eateries tends to bring in more tourists, students, and youth.

GOLDEN TRIANGLE The Golden Triangle community is an urban oasis steps away from downtown. It boasts a mix of beautiful heritage homes with architectural character, single-family dwellings, along with a variety of old and new condominium structures. Bordering Elgin Street is home to unique shops, galleries, and not to mention a variety of great restaurants, cafes, bars, and nightclubs.


Need help finding a place to live during your internship? Not sure where to start or who to talk to? Dwellworks – in partnership with Altair and Adobe – is pleased to extend the following services to help you on your way.



Dwellworks Direct is the most convenient, secure solution for self-paying customers who need quick, efficient, and affordable assistance from our on-the-ground experts. Seamlessly connect with the Dwellworks support team and get access to our menu of service options: from rental support to guidance on ‘living like a local – whatever you need, we’ve got you covered!

Visit to connect with our team or to start your service today!



Dwellworks Living is the global corporate housing offering of Dwellworks, an award-winning provider of services for the globally mobile workforce. We combine the industry’s most extensive supply of corporate housing options, price points, and geographic locations, with tri-regional service coordination and the in- market expertise of local housing and customer service professionals.

Visit us at to book a stay or connect with our team.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Prior to your start date, Adobe’s University Talent Team will share access to a Slack workspace called “Adobe Intern On-boarding” specifically for our interns in the US. The goal of using this Slack workspace is for interns to connect socially, find out about places to live in the area, and find roommates.


TOP 5 LEASING TIPS 1. In a competitive rental market, bring a completed rental application, including all necessary documentation and a check for security deposit when visiting the property. 2. Ask if the landlord offers any favorable terms for your employer. 3. Come prepared with enough funds to pay for the first month of rent, plus the deposit amount. Deposit requirements vary but can be equal to one month’s rent (or more). 4. Be extra diligent when reviewing the lease from a private landlord. Unlike large apartment complexes, which generally have well established agreements, private landlords may be less experienced and may include unfavorable or unrealistic clauses. 5. Ask a family member, friend, or colleague to come along with you on the move-in inspection to have an extra set of eyes.


Here’s some items to keep in mind:

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Rules about landlord access and your privacy

Any maintenance required of tenant

Payment of utilities (typically tenant-paid)

- Tenant Insurance: This is a requirement for all rental properties. Again, this will depend on the limit of liability ($1 million or $2 million) and the building's size and type.

BE PREPARED Many landlords and property management companies have very strict requirements for prospective tenants. Qualifying can at times be challenging and a bit frustrating. Most landlords will require some combination of these documents:

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Letter of employment

Recent pay stub

Copy of your credit report

TRANSPORTATION There is one major highway, Highway 417 (also referred to as the Queensway), which runs east and west through the city of Ottawa. To the north of this highway are the Downtown Core and the older residential districts. Once in Ottawa, you are either in the Downtown Core, West, South or East of the city. Public transit services in the City of Ottawa are provided by OC Transpo. The buses use a combination of dedicated bus-only roads ("Transitway") and regular roads. It also contracts a service for the physically disabled, called "Para Transpo". The O Train is also operated by OC Transpo which currently has two lines of transportation. You can also opt for options like uber or lyft.

HOSPITALS AND EMERGENCY SERVICES Ottawa has 4 main hospitals. In addition, there are a number of specialized hospitals and clinics in the region.

- The Ottawa Hospital

-Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontatio (CHEO)

- Queensway-Carleton Hospital

- Montfort Hospital

SHOPPING Ottawa is a retail paradise with one-of-a-kind shops, markets and unique boutiques, as well as your favourite brands and labels. From high end stores to farmers' markets, you can hunt down the best bargains and treasures in Canada's capital.

Sparks Street Mall

Right on historic Sparks Street, this pedestrian only walkway features unique boutiques, luxury stores and inviting restaurants. You’ll be able to find an array of souvenirs, fine jewelry, luxury attire and crafts made by local artists. Shop, socialize and enjoy the vibe of the neighbourhood.

The Glebe

South of downtown, The Glebe is centered around Bank Street and home to unique shops, hip eateries, neighbourhood pubs and gorgeous heritage homes. Bank Street serves as Ottawa’s LGBTQ+ Village, so in addition to great queer- owned businesses, the street becomes even more lively each summer during Capital Pride.

Tanger Outlets

If you’re looking for great bargains on name-brand and designer clothing and goods, the Tanger Outlets on Campeau Drive offer a wide assortment of choices at discounted prices.


One of the oldest landmarks in Ottawa, this canal is filled with boats in the summer and becomes the "World's Longest Skating Rink" in the winter.

Parliament Hill and Buildings

Three Gothic Revival-style buildings, located on a 170-foot bluff overlooking the Ottawa River, house the offices of the members of Parliament, the House of Commons and the Senate.

National Gallery of Canada

Discover contemporary and historical artworks - including paintings, sculptures, photographs and multimedia installations - in this landmark site located near the vibrant ByWard Market area.

Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Located on a former military air base just 5 kilometres from the Prime Minister’s residence in Ottawa, the Museum focuses on aviation in Canada within an international context, from its beginnings in 1909 to the present day.


Feeling adventurous? There are plenty of bars, pubs, and nightclubs but don’t forget the live music venues and events! If you need a sweet treat or pick-me-up, head over to Happy Goat Coffee Co. or the French Baker. Earl of Sussex is a popular destination as well, with a newly renovated patio. You can’t go wrong with Shelby Burger and Lorenzo’s Pizza, either, and Flora Hall remains one of the most popular breweries around.

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