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Cost of Studying in Canada

Canada has risen to be a popular study destination for international students in recent years. Universities in Canada are ranked well in global university rankings, offering quality education at relatively affordable cost. So how much does it cost for one to complete a tertiary qualification in Canada.

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The cost of attending a university depends on the programme and institution you select. In Canada, the average cost of a university degree is roughly:

  • Undergraduate bachelor degree - CA$36,100 per year

  • Postgraduate degrees - CA$21,100 per year

Starting in 2023, some international students in Quebec could be eligible for lower university tuition. Students who qualify for the program will pay the same annual tuition as students from Quebec.

International students who are eligible to get this exemptions will have to take a program of study in French in the employment sectors identified as priorities by the Québec government:

  • Information technology

  • Engineering

  • Health and social services

  • Education

  • Educational childcare services

Note: Find more information about the exemption from additional fees from the government of Quebec by clicking HERE

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Your living costs will vary depending on your lifestyle and the city you choose to live in. All estimates are also subject to change. Accommodation costs depend on the city and your living arrangements. It's generally recommended to set aside 25% of your budget for housing.


If you live in private housing off campus, rent in Canada is typically paid monthly. If you live in a student hall or residence on campus, you may need to pay your accommodation costs in full for the year. It is recommended to budget between CA$500 - CA$2,000 per month for accommodation.

Other monthly expenses include:

  • Groceries and dining out - CA$240 ~ CA$480 

  • Utilities and cable - CA$100 ~ CA$150

  • Internet - CA$50 ~ CA$100

  • Phone - CA$60 ~ CA$100

  • Health Insurance - CA$75 ~ CA$120

  • Entertainment - CA$120 ~ CA$150

  • Transportation - CA$80 ~ CA$156 for a transportation pass

Note: The costs listed by the university will usually be for an academic year (about 40 weeks), rather than a calendar year, so you will need to budget extra if you want to stay longer.


#1 On-Campus Accommodation 

If you live in college or university housing on or near your campus, this is called “living in residence.” The cost of living in residence often includes the option of adding a meal plan, so you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner on campus.

Residence room options

Your room in residence may be single or shared. A shared room costs less than a single room. Some universities offer only shared rooms for 1st year students. 

When you live in residence, you have access to:

  • Your private room

  • A shared bathroom (toilet, sink, bathtub or shower)

  • A kitchen

  • Laundry facilities

  • Free wifi (in most cases)

#2 Off-Campus Accommodation 

If you choose to live off campus, the rental price may be lower than living in residence. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll need to pay for additional items, including:  

  • Furniture (unless the apartment is furnished)

  • Bedding and towels

  • Cooking utensils for the kitchen

  • Food and cleaning supplies

  • Electricity

  • Heating

  • Internet connection

  • Cable television or streaming service

Laundry machines may be available onsite. If not, you can take your clothing to a laundromat and pay to wash and dry your clothes.

Private housing is not controlled or inspected in any way by your university or college. Price and quality can vary, so be sure to schedule an appointment to view the housing before you sign a lease. Here are some tips to help you plan for the cost of housing:

  • Expect to pay from CA$400 to CA$800 to rent a room in a house. The cost may be slightly higher and include food if the homeowner says they offer “board” with the room. If you rent a room in house shared by students, you’ll need to pay for your room and buy your own food.

  • An apartment in a high-rise building may cost CA$900 to CA$2,000 per month, depending on the city or town where you live and the number of rooms in it. Keep in mind that you can reduce your costs by sharing an apartment with other students.

  • In large cities like Toronto and Vancouver, apartment rentals are popular. An apartment rental can cost CA$900 to CA$3,000 per month depending on how many bedrooms it has, the neighbourhood and age of the building.


In order to obtain a visa for studying in Australia, applicants will need to show proof of monetary funds amounting to at least CA$10,000, and for studying in Quebec, you need to provide evidence of CA$11,000 per year.


A Canadian study permit costs CA$150 and the Canadian Visa Application can be processed through both offline and online methods. For the online mode, the student visa processing fee can be paid through credit card. After submitting your visa application, you will have to pay an additional biometric fee of CA$85.

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