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Cost in Canada

The cost of studying in Canada:

Canada is one of the world's most popular destinations for international students, offering high-quality education that is affordable when compared to other major Anglophone destinations (the US, UK, and Australia).

Since the Universities in Canada set their own fee structure, the cost of studying in Canada varies depending on the program you choose to study, whether you are an international or home student, whether you’re going for an undergraduate or postgraduate level program. The average tuition fee for Universities in Canada is between CAD20,000 and CAD30,000 annually. This range is an average only and will vary according to the institution and program in which you are enrolled. The costs for housing, food, and other living expenses will depend on your location and your own needs, but CAD15,000 annually is not an uncommon estimate.

If you are planning to study in Canada, you may find this online tool provided by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) helpful to quickly calculate the costs of studying at different universities in Canada.

Cost in Canada
Cost in Canada

Tuition fees for Bachelor’s degree programs of popular disciplines:

  • Bachelors in Business & Management: 550 – 56,000 CAD/year
  • Bachelors in Computer Science & IT: 1,535 – 55,500 CAD/year
  • Bachelors in Engineering & Technology: 1,350 – 55,000 CAD/year
  • Bachelors in Social Sciences: 1,025 – 56,000 CAD/year
  • Bachelors in Natural Sciences: 1,780 – 53,000 CAD/year
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Tuition fees for Master’s degree programs of popular disciplines:

  • Masters in Business & Management: 2,150 – 52,700 CAD/year
  • Masters in Computer Science & IT: 2,150 – 52,500 CAD/year
  • Masters in Engineering & Technology: 2,150 – 52,500 CAD/year
  • Masters in Medicine & Health: 2,150 – 58,300 CAD/year
  • Masters in Social Sciences: 2,150 – 37,000 CAD/year

The purpose of these tuition fee ranges for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs is to help you figure out what kind of budget you need to study in Canada. You don’t have to choose the most expensive programs because higher costs don’t always equal better education. Focus on finding the sweet spot between your budget, tuition, and what you want to get from your study program.

The cost of living in Canada:

Living costs in Canada are a bit above average, but a high quality of life is guaranteed. You would need between 800 – 1,500 CAD/month for most provinces, such as Quebec, Montreal, and Ottawa. Vancouver and Calgary are some of the most expensive cities in Canada, where living costs can reach 2,000 CAD/month.

Most universities offer on-campus residences for students, some of them specifically for scholars from abroad. But acceptance at a Canadian school does not automatically mean you can get a room in residence. Students must apply separately for on-campus housing, and its cost varies across institutions and will depend on whether or not you want a private room or a meal plan, for example. Most universities can provide assistance with finding housing, both on and off-campus, and answer questions through their housing office or student services.

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Accommodation costs:

The main housing options for students in Canada are as follows:

  • Student residences: 250 – 625 CAD/month
  • University-arranged homestays: 400 – 800 CAD/month
  • Rent & share an apartment: 300 – 700 CAD/month, prices for rent depend on location and facilities. If you choose to rent a studio/one-room apartment, you can pay over 1,000 CAD/month.

Additional costs associated with accommodation:

When you rent an apartment or studio, it comes with extra costs:

  • basic utilities (electricity, water, heating, garbage): 150 CAD/month
  • internet: 50-70 CAD/month

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Food costs:

You won't spend too much on food bills, just around 300 CAD/month for shopping from the local supermarkets and groceries. Some of the cheapest supermarkets you can find all over Canada are Canadian Superstore, Walmart, No Frills

If you want to eat in a restaurant, you will have to pay around 10 - 25 CAD. A three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant will cost 50 - 65 CAD.

Transportation costs:

Students enrolled in a Canadian university between the ages of 18 and 25 will be eligible for purchasing monthly transport passes and will benefit from discounts.

  • The total price of a transport pass is 90 CAD/month, while a one-way ticket is word 3 CAD.
  • Taxis are also a common way of transport all over Canada and fares are between 2 and 6 CAD/km.
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