Stuck between renting a Midtown Toronto apartment or locking into a new lease at Fort York and Spadina? While both neighbourhoods are only a few subway stops away, the lifestyle they offer is vastly different. The traffic and noise in the downtown core isn’t for everyone.

That’s why It’s important to weigh out the pros and cons of the neighbourhood you move into before you make your final decision. In this blog post, we will explore some of the main differences between renting in Toronto’s Midtown and Downtown.

1. Noise

Interested in enjoying a nice quiet night in? Your downtown apartment will likely have other plans for you. Plenty of car and foot traffic just outside your door will be keeping you company through your evening. It’s harder to become more engaged with a good book when two people are arguing over a parking spot outside your window. Midtown apartments will come with far less background noise, allowing you to sink into the books you love with far more ease.apartment living

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2. Traffic

Traffic comes in three varieties in Toronto. Travelling by foot, by public transit, and by car. Downtown Toronto has enough traffic to congest two cities. In any instance, you can always count on Midtown Toronto to be far less congested.

Foot Traffic

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Large crowds at Toronto’s Eaton Centre

If you happen to be downtown around 5 pm, you may get caught up in the swarms of commuters rushing towards Union Station. Walking around downtown involves an annoying mix of confused tourists, busy people rushing past you, and large groups of people walking slowly, blocking the entire sidewalk. While Midtown Toronto is not immune to rush hour, throughout the day, there is far less congestion in the streets.

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Public Transit Traffic

Getting on the subway at Union Station is not for the faint of heart. 65.4 million passengers go through the station every year, close to 200,000 a day. Especially during rush hour, riders can expect a few subways to pass before they are able to board the train. You are crammed into the car, available seats are scarce, and you may find yourself with nothing to grab on to. While Eglinton station in Midtown also has its share of heavy congestion, it is far easier to find a seat during rush hour.

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Car Traffic

Not many renters in downtown have a car. Those who own cars usually tend to live further north of Bloor. That’s because driving downtown requires an extremely patient driver; you can expect jay-walkers, angry cyclists, and aggressive cab drivers to join you.

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3. Shopping, Nightlife & Entertainment

The strip of Yonge and Eglinton also features some world-class restaurants and entertainment. That being said, Toronto is a world-class city. so naturally the downtown core is going to feature some of the best nightlife and entertainment in the world.

It is important to keep in mind that while there is more to do in downtown Toronto, it is only a 20-minute subway ride away from Midtown. When you live north of Bloor, it is easy to enjoy the fun of the city then enjoy peaceful sleep 20 minutes away from all the noise at the end of the night. Is having a night club across the street still considered a perk, when it’s also keeping you up on a work night?

While we still have our reservations, downtown Toronto gets the point in this category.

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4. Grocery Shopping

If you want to do any shopping while living downtown, you are likely doing it on foot. If you can manage to carry a week’s full of groceries by hand, then you may be fit for the downtown life. In Midtown Toronto, you will find it far easier to find a grocery store, mall, or other amenities that has available parking. There are also many grocery stores available by foot if you don’t have a car.

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Apartments in Midtown Toronto

The Toronto apartment rental you ultimately decide on will be yours for a long time. You owe it to yourself to pick the right one for you. If you don’t agree with the downtown lifestyle, than perhaps an apartment in Midtown Toronto is perfect for you.

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Balliol Park in Midtown Toronto

There are many great Yonge and Eglinton and Davisville apartments for rent that are both luxurious and affordable. Contact us at Shiplake today, so we can find the perfect Midtown apartment rental for you.