Cost is the most significant barrier for most students hoping to study abroad. Canadian international students have to pay higher tuition fees than domestic students. That said, the average annual tuition for an international student’s Canadian undergraduate degree is between CAD 9,000- CAD 22,000. While post-graduate degree’s range from CAD 15,000 – CAD 30,000.

Aside from paying tuition, international students also need to find housing and finance their daily lives. The cost of living in Canada is seriously affordable compared to most other top destinations for international students.


It’s common for most students to live on-campus in their first year; these are referred to as your halls of residence. You will usually share a dormitory (or ‘dorm’) with another roommate, sharing facilities like a kitchen, social area and laundry room with other students. It’s suggested that you budget between CAD 3000-7500 per year for on-campus accommodation in Canada, although this will depend on which region you choose.

After first year, students will usually share a house or apartment with other students to split the cost. Here you’ll rent a room and share a kitchen, bathroom and social area. Rent prices will vary from city to city with larger areas like Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver being most expensive (though considerably less expensive than the likes of New York City or London, on average). It’s suggested you budget CAD 750-2200 per month for renting off-campus accommodation.

There is also the option to live as part of a home-stay where you live with a host family in Canada. On top of an initial placement fee of CAD 200, students can expect to pay a monthly fee of CAD 750 – 950 per month in return for meals and a room in that family’s home. However, you’ll also be participating in activities with that host, improving your English and learning about the culture, all of which are valuable experiences.

Transport costs

Depending on the distances you are traveling, there are many ways to get around. For local travel there are subways, buses, taxis or even by foot, bicycle or dogsled. Intercity travel implies much larger distances, for which there are planes, trains and buses/coaches.

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