Cost of Living in Canada

By EasyUni Staff | Last modified 11 Nov 2017
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Of course as a student you’re interested in the costs, so you can estimate how much money you need. To meet this, we provide you a brief overview about the average expenses of an international student. However, if you want to find out how much you exactly need, we recommend you to take a look at the universities first.

Canada comprises of ten provinces and three territories. The most favoured study destinations are Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta. Basically all those study destinations are cheaper than studying in UK, US or Australia. If you consider studying here, you can take a look at your expected average monthly costs in the table below.


Per month


Student fees

C$ 31.42

C$ 377.00

Health Insurance

C$ 18.28

C$ 219.31

Medical Service Plan (BC Health Insurance)

C$ 66.50

C$ 798.00


C$ 50.00

C$ 600.00

Rent (Housing / Accommodation)

C$ 706.00

C$ 8,472.00


Included (on campus)

Mobile phone

C$ 50.00

C$ 600.00

Public transit

C$ 35.00

C$ 420.00


C$ 236.00

C$ 2,832.00

Entertainment / Clothes / Gifts

C$ 80.00

C$ 960.00


C$ 1,273.20

C$ 15,278.31


Besides we provide a list of items so you can estimate your costs much better.



Food at restaurant


Inexpensive Restaurant

C$ 15.00

Combo Meal at McDonald’s

C$ 8.00

Imported Beer

C$ 6.00

Coke / Pepsi

C$ 1.88






C$ 3.00

Milk, 1 Liter

C$ 1.28

Water, 1.5 Liter

C$ 2.00

Pack of Cigarettes

C$ 10.50





One-way ticket (local transport)

C$ 3.30

Taxi Start

C$ 3.45

Taxi 1km

C$ 1.86

Gasoline, 1 Liter

C$ 1.25





Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment

C$ 102.31

Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)

C$ 45.00





1 Pair of Jeans

C$ 60.00

1 Pair of Nike Shoes

C$ 100.00





Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre

C$ 1,100.00

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre

C$ 800.00

Posted on 09 Oct 2017
Study Abroad, Useful Tips