We had some kids stay in our home in Red Deer until they could find an apartment or house to rent. It took them 7 weeks to find something. $1000 per month for a small old house, which isn't bad when split up between the 3 of them. They were lucky. People are charging $230-$320 at last count for you just to stay in a room in their house, you buy your own food though. One lady we talked to wanted $500 apiece from the three kids to stay in her old rental house.
Now, if you need specific rental/purchase price post more details. Generally, if you don' t have a place to stay, don't come.
Waitresses in Alberta can make a lot of money or not, just like BC or anywhere. I think the upper end of that industry is doing not too bad, but fast food is suffering. Just to show how bad it is getting you can make $14 an hour at McDonald's and they supply the transportation, this is in one part of Red Deer. Some fast food places are shutting down evenings (except for drive thru) because of lack of labour. Some other manufacturers, like Travelaire are shutting down some shifts, again due to lack of labour. If you are a good worker, meaning you actually show up and then try to do your job right, you will be king wherever you go. One hirer told me that out of 6 workers for the oilfield they hired on, only one actually showed up the first day. What's with that?
Waitress-wise, there is a strip of restaurants in Calgary where waitresses can make several thousand a month in tips, but that is if you are highly trained in a liquor licensed busy yuppie place in the heart of downtown. Now, remember you have to be very very dedicated and professional to do make this kind of wage, but the potential is completely there. If you get to managerial or hostessing, if you are very good
then $70000 is not a problem to get plus bonuses and perks.
Anyway if you need better info, please supply specifics.