Location, location, location. Convenient location can save your costs and energy. My place is right beside the skytrain station (Langara-49th). It can take you straight to Vancouver airport within 10 minutes, so you don't have to spent money for taxi. It can also get you to downtown and the outlets in 15 minutes. Bus stops just outside the door. No.49 bus can take you to UBC and Metrotown. No.15 bus is to Olympic Village. All these public transports are making it easier to explore the city.