How Much Does Studying in Canada Cost?

Canada is one of the most popular international student destinations in the world, offering a range of experiences and possibilities in a nation renowned for its wide expanses, multicultural cities and natural beauty. The good news is that tuition fees are normally less costly than in other major Anglophone destinations (the US, UK and Australia) if you choose to study in Canada, but they are still very high relative to other countries.

In Canada, university tuition fees

Study in Canada cost are a little high at Canadian universities, but usually lower than those in countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States or Australia. University fees can vary annually, because, depending on the city or degree programme, you may find variations. For example, Newfoundland universities have the lowest tuition costs, while the most expensive region is Ontario.

Fees for tuition for Bachelor’s degrees

Tuition range: CAD / year 550–30,000. Among the most costly research programmes are Bachelors in Medicine, Engineering, and Social Science.

Cost of tuition for common fields:

· Company & Management Bachelors: 550–56,000 CAD / year

· Computer Science & IT Bachelors: 1.535–55,500 CAD / year

· Engineering & Technology Bachelors: 1,350–55,000 CAD / year

· Social Sciences Bachelors: 1,025–56,000 CAD / year

· Natural Sciences Bachelors: 1,780–53,000 CAD / year

Living expenses in Canada

Although Canadian student visa requirements state that you must have at least CA$10,000 (~US$7,570) (or CA$11,000/~US$8,300 if you study in Quebec) on top of your tuition fees, for your living expenses, you would definitely need to budget much more than this. Depending on your place and spending habits, your living costs can vary greatly, with big cities usually more costly to live in.

Students would need a total of CA$14,700 per year, including lodging, food , transportation, books and course materials, telecommunications costs, and miscellaneous expenses, according to the Université de Montréal. Similarly, under the BC Health Plan, the University of British Columbia, based in Vancouver, reports living expenses of CA$15,500 a year, not including compulsory health insurance, which is CA$864 per year. According to the 2019 Mercer Cost of Living Report, with rents especially high in both cities, Toronto was the most expensive Canadian city to live in, closely followed by Vancouver.

Certain accommodation-related expenses

It comes with additional costs when you rent an apartment or studio:

· Basic utilities (power, water, heating, trash): 150 CAD / month

· Internet: CAD 50–70 / month

Costs of Food

You’re not going to spend too much on food costs, just about CAD 300 / month for local supermarkets and grocery shopping. Canada Superstore, Walmart, No Frills are some of the cheapest stores you can find all over Canada.

You would have to pay about 10–25 CAD if you want to eat in a restaurant. It will cost 50–65 CAD for a three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant.

Transportation Services

You may be able to walk or ride to campus, depending on where you live. Many students choose public transportation, especially those in larger cities: buses, subways, commuter trains or ferries.

Insurance for Wellbeing

In Canada, all foreign students must have health insurance, and the available medical coverage varies from province to province. Under their provincial health care programmes, Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Saskatchewan support foreign students, but coverage usually depends on the duration of your stay.

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