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Cost of Living in Canada for International Students

Cost of Living in Canada for International Students

Updated on Apr 10, 2020
Piyush Kohli
Piyush Kohli

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Studying in  is considered a rewarding investment for your future as you have access to premier education, cross-cultural experiences, and a . For international students, getting admitted to universities and colleges in Canada requires planning and financial commitment before you are there.

International students will have to meet the costs of studies and living in Canada. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) requires some proof that you has sufficient money and funds available. Your college provides cost of living estimate, the immigration officer will follow it. If your college doesn’t provide it, you will be required to show evidence of $10,000 for 12 months living expenses for a student. Additional $4,000 will be required for spouse and another $3,000 for each dependent. This amount includes , food, medical insurance, transportation, books, and clothing. Tuition and other fees are not included in this amount.

It is vital that students obtain medical and hospital insurance as healthcare in Canada is very expensive. Public health insurance plans are administered independently in each province. Some universities require compulsory insurance coverage. The coverage should be secured within the first week after arrival.

There are a few factors which affect the cost of living for each student. They are listed below-

Big city life vs. Suburban areas

Like anywhere in the world, living costs in urban centers are more than those in the suburbs. Many students prefer on-campus housing much more, which may not be the lowest-cost option always, but is definitely more convenient. Toronto and Vancouver are the most expensive cities to live at and with the shortage of affordable housing in Toronto, costs are the highest there and still continue to rise.

Based on educational institutions

As the cost of living varies from city to city and depending on where the school is located, the best estimated living expense will depend on the university you are applying to. As mentioned earlier, every college abroad provides estimated fee and living expenses. Some colleges have reasonable and affordable on-campus boarding options, some colleges charge quite a lot for the same.

Here is a table to help you understand approximate monthly costs as well as annual costs.

EXPENSES

MONTHLY

ANNUAL

Tuition

-

$8,000

Student Fees

-

$400

Health Insurance

$70

$840

Textbooks

-

$600

快穿系统女主深吻hOn-campus Rent

$600

$7,200

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$30

$360

Public Transit Pass

$40

$480

Groceries/Food

$300

$3,600

Entertainment/Clothes/Gifts

$80

$960

快穿系统女主深吻hCar: Insurance

-

$1,500

Car: Fuel

$200

$2,400

快穿系统女主深吻hTotal Expenses

$1320

$26,340

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Comments (55)

PG Aspirant3 weeks ago

I'm pursuing B.Com from DU. I want to do MBA after graduation. I'm not very well off financially but I really want to study in and settle in canada. Is UVic a good option for MBA? How is the faculty, learning experience, placement and global recognition? Any guidance would be appreciated!

3 months ago

Hi,
I have completed my B.Sc(IT) and currently working in IT sector for 2+ years. I want to pursue higher studies in Canada. Can you suggest me which courses.
Thanks

Piyush Kohli
Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert3 months ago

Dear Sneha, please go through the below link and check out the eligibility requirements of the individual universities and apply accordingly.

PG Aspirant6 months ago

Hello! I have completed B.Tech in Electronis and Communication engineering with 81.6% and I want to pursue MSc in computer science in Canada. Please suggest me some top universities for MAY 2020 intake. I have scored 6.5 in IELTS.

Piyush Kohli
Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert3 months ago

Dear Vishal, please go through the below link and check out the eligibility requirements of the individual universities and apply accordingly.

PG Aspirant9 months ago

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Swameeka Medhi
Swameeka Medhi
Study Abroad Expert9 months ago

Hi Shubham, you are advised to book a free profile evaluation call with us and avail our free study abroad counselling services at We need to understand your profile better to recommend you profile fit set of universities for maximum admission prospects.

PG Aspirant8 months ago

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PG Aspirant10 months ago

hi, I am Preetinder. I have done B.com with 68percent marks and M.com with 65percent marks(distance education). i wish to study in canada . can you please assist me to which course should i go with and the related universities?

UG Aspirant11 months ago

Hellp, I am Daminipreet Kaur
I have passed out 12th with 77 percentage will I got scholarship and I am minor student can I pursue to foreign with my mother
There are only two members me and my mom
And please help me what to do which college to pursue further

Swameeka Medhi
Swameeka Medhi
Study Abroad Expert10 months ago

Hi Daminipreet, scholarships and admissions are based on merit, 77% is a good one. It depends on the university and your overall profile whether or not you will obtain a scholarship or not. Now, which college will be good is difficult to tell, there are many colleges in many countries. Also you need to specify what you plan to study. You may take along your mother as dependent however you need to show enough funds to support her cost of living as well. You may take help of this list for now, use the filter to change your preferences.

PG Aspirant11 months ago

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Swameeka Medhi
Swameeka Medhi
Study Abroad Expert10 months ago

Hi Shivam, where do you plan to study?

PG Aspirant11 months ago

Hi. I am Arpan. I have an 85% in my 12th and I am a biotechnology graduate with 90 per cent average. What are my options for PG diploma and would i get scholarship?

PG Aspirant11 months ago

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PG Aspirant12 months ago

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PG Aspirant12 months ago

Hi, I'm Vinay i have completed my Bachelors In Automobile and also get Overall 6 Bands in IELTS now i am planning for Further studies in canada what course do you suggest as per my profile ?

Swameeka Medhi
Swameeka Medhi
Study Abroad Expert12 months ago

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