Cost of Living in Canada for International Students Cost of Living in Canada for International Students

Cost Of Living In Canada For International Students

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"A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for" - John A Shedd

There is a big world out there for you to explore, learn and celebrate. This planet has an ocean of experiences and only a few have seen the depth of it. International experience gives you a lot more to experience, educate and cultivate your knowledge to a greater extent and none can match the level of adventure an abroad education yields. Moving to a new country is a great thing but the cost matters a lot if you are moving in for the first time. Because international experiences and education come with expenses too. Don't get scared at the earliest, with proper planning and guidance you can manage your abroad education like a PRO. The cost of living in Canada includes education fees, accommodation, transportation, food, and miscellaneous costs.

Average Cost Of Living In Canada

Canada is like a home for many because the country offers many opportunities and benefits, thanks to Canadian immigration programs. Immigration is becoming so popular and supportive to most international students contributing more to the 1.2 million immigrant goals which are targeted by the year 2023 by the Canadian government. Canada is one of the biggest economies in the world and also proves to continue its throne to become more superiors with ever-growing opportunities.

Canada is in greater need of professionals in healthcare, technology, engineering, and biotechnology leading to more students enrolling in the same departments. This average cost of living in Canada article gives you a fair idea of how the price ranges according to different places inside of Canada. Here are the 10 cities examples for the average cost of living in Canada for students that you can use for understanding the cost aspect involved. 

This table will help you plan your expenses better to study in canada:

S.No

City

The average cost in Bangladeshi Taka

The average cost in CAD

1

Sherbrooke, Quebec

BDT 59888.38

CAD 878

2

London, Ontario

BDT 69096.73

CAD 1013

3

Winnipeg, Manitoba

BDT 72984.7

CAD 1070

4

Moncton, New Brunswick

BDT 72643.65

CAD 1065

5

Kitchener, Ontario

BDT 73052.91

CAD 1071

6

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

BDT 77145.51

CAD 1131

7

Regina, Saskatchewan

BDT 76668.04

CAD 1124

8

Saint John, New Brunswick

BDT 80214.96

CAD 1176

9

Calgary, Alberta

BDT 78714.34

CAD 1154

10

Edmonton, Alberta

BDT 80692.43

CAD 1183

*Calculated as per the CAD-BDT conversion according to 7th October 2021 values

Accommodation Cost In Canada For International Students

Students' major money contributions in terms of living expenses are spent on accommodation. Affording accommodation consumes 50% of your cost of living expenses in Canada. Sometimes it can carry more than the expected value because of the change of real estate values across the country.

The right way of choosing accommodation could be finding space nearby your college or applying for the university on-campus accommodation. University accommodations are very nearer arrangements to the university, you will be within a walkable distance to the campus facility from your stay. Also, the food and other conveniences will be taken care of. This reduces major expenses created by travel, groceries, and cleaning expenses. University accommodations are affordable but compared to the private facilities, on-campus facilities are a little higher in cost, because of their maintenance cost and other involvements.

Meanwhile, most of the abroad students prefer off-campus facilities over on-campus facilities because of their flexibility and convenience. Students are preferring the freedom of space and privacy over university accommodations. But the cost associated with off-campus accommodation is less and you can reduce it further by restricting some of the unnecessary costs. The price involved in major cities is inevitable, because of its real estate values and the number of opportunities it provides. You can compare the approximate cost involved in the different provinces around Canada for international students.

Following table is having the data of Median rents for 1 BHK homes available across Canadian cities in CAD 

S.No.

City

Cost in Canadian Dollars - 1 BHK

Cost in Bangladeshi Taka - 1 BHK

Cost in Canadian Dollars - 2 BHK

Cost in Bangladeshi Taka - 2 BHK

Price in CAD

Price in BDT

Price in CAD

Price in BDT

1

Vancouver, BC

$1,950

BDT 133926

$2,730

BDT 187496.4

2

Toronto, ON

$1,800

BDT 123624

$2,320

BDT 159337.6

3

Burnaby, BC

$1,700

BDT 116756

$2,270

BDT 155903.6

4

Barrie, ON

$1,650

BDT 113322

$1,830

BDT 125684.4

5

Victoria, BC

$1,600

BDT 109888

$2,070

BDT 142167.6

6

Oshawa, ON

$1,570

BDT 107827.6

$1,650

BDT 113322

7

Kelowna, BC

$1,520

BDT 104393.6

$1,800

BDT 123624

8

Ottawa, ON

$1,480

BDT 101646.4

$1,760

BDT 120876.8

9

Kitchener, ON

$1,380

BDT 94778.4

$1,600

BDT 109888

10

Montreal, QC

$1,380

BDT 94778.4

$1,790

BDT 122937.2

11

Hamilton, ON

$1,370

BDT 94091.6

$1,700

BDT 116756

12

Abbotsford, BC

$1,330

BDT 91344.4

$1,800

BDT 123624

13

Halifax, NS

$1,330

BDT 91344.4

$1,750

BDT 120190

14

Kingston, ON

$1,320

BDT 90657.6

$1,590

BDT 109201.2

15

St Catharines, ON

$1,300

BDT 89284

$1,550

BDT 106454

16

London, ON

$1,250

BDT 85850

$1,540

BDT 105767.2

17

Calgary, AB

$1,120

BDT 76921.6

$1,350

BDT 92718

18

Windsor, ON

$1,100

BDT 75548

$1,400

BDT 96152

19

Winnipeg, MB

$1,050

BDT 72114

$1,300

BDT 89284

20

Edmonton, AB

$930

BDT 63872.4

$1,180

BDT 81042.4

21

Saskatoon, SK

$930

BDT 63872.4

$1,070

BDT 73487.6

22

St John's, NL

$880

BDT 60438.4

$950

BDT 65246

23

Regina, SK

$870

BDT 59751.6

$1,070

BDT 73487.6

24

Québec, QC

$750

BDT 51510

$1,040

BDT 71427.2

Cost of living in Canada

Cost Of Healthcare In Canada

All international students are required to have a mandatory health insurance policy provided by the Canadian government for the time duration they stay in the country for their studies. Because healthcare costs in Canada are skyrocketing and it would be difficult for any student to afford such when they are away from home. This healthcare cost varies from one province to another province depending on the health ministry policies. Not every province offers a healthcare policy for the international student but, either way you can apply for a private health insurance plan. To make it more convenient, major universities in Canada offer health care packages along with the curriculum fees so that you don't need to take much worry about the same. You'll find all the necessary help and information from AECC Global about your study abroad education process and healthcare-related support. 

Below here is the list of international student health insurance costs and requirements to qualify the minimum eligibility:

Province / Territory

Is coverage available?

Requirements for international students

Cost in CAD

Alberta

YES

Minimum of 1 year of study visa required and students have to apply within 90 days of the period on the arrival to Alberta state.

CAD 600 - 900

British Columbia (B.C.)

YES

Minimum 0.5 years of a study permit. Students need to apply within the 90 day period from the date of arrival. The coverage takes three months to commence from the date of arrival

CAD 600 - 900

Manitoba

NO

Minimum 1-year study Visa and basic requirements like college or university admission letter is required

CAD 600 - 900

New Brunswick

YES

Minimum 1-year study Visa and basic requirements like college or university admission letter is required

CAD 600 - 900

Newfoundland and Labrador

YES

Minimum 1-year study Visa and basic requirements like college or university admission letter is required

CAD 600 - 900

Northwest Territories

YES

Minimum 1-year study Visa and basic requirements like college or university admission letter is required

CAD 600 - 900

Nova Scotia

YES

Minimum 1-year study permit and one-year commencing period to apply for the same. Students who stayed out of state for more than 31 days are not eligible to apply.

CAD 600 - 900

Ontario

NO

Have to avail from a private sector/third party

CAD 600 - 900

Prince Edward Island (PEI)

YES

Valid full-time study permit from a Canadian institute that also ensures the student can work part time off-campus. Copy of valid study permit that also indicates you can work off-campus

CAD 600 - 900

Quebec

Possibly

Students from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, and Sweden may be eligible for health coverage as Quebec has a reciprocal agreement with these countries. Other country students have to apply through private-sector agencies

CAD 600 - 900

Saskatchewan

YES

Proof of valid study permit and full-time enrollment at a university or college is required

CAD 600 - 900

Transportation Cost In Canada

Off-campus students either need to take their private vehicles to the college or students can use the metro for their daily commute. For students and working professionals, the Canadian government has announced a monthly subscription pass system for transportation that allows you to travel anywhere inside of the province.

Among all the provinces Toronto has the maximum cost compared to others, so let's take the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) for an example to understand the monthly expenses on transportation:

Students can go for a yearly pass to save money from monthly pass subscriptions. Monthly pass subscriptions are comparatively cheaper than other modes but a year pass can save you 152 CAD per year.

Also, let us compare the cost difference in different cities in Canada which allows you to estimate the cost of transportation anywhere you move post studies or during your diploma courses in Canada project.

Cash for a single ticket

CAD 3.25

BDT 221.6825

TTC Monthly Pass

CAD 156.00

BDT 10640.76

12-Month Pass

CAD 143.00

BDT 9754.03

Post-Secondary Monthly Pass

CAD 128.15

BDT 8741.1115

Downtown Express

CAD 3.25

BDT 221.6825

Downtown Express Monthly Pass

CAD 201.90

BDT 13771.599

12 Month Downtown Express Monthly Pass

CAD 188.90

BDT 12884.869

The Transportation Cost Difference Between Different Cities of Canada

Transport Mediums

Cities

(Price)

Toronto

Vancouver

Quebec City

Ottawa

Montreal

One way public ticket

CAD 3.25

CAD 2.85

CAD 3.25

CAD 3.50

CAD 3.25

Taxi (for 10 km)

CAD 17.5

CAD 19.0

CAD 17.0

CAD 17.5

CAD 17.0

Gasoline (for 1 gallon)

CAD 5.2

CAD 6.0

CAD 4.8

CAD 5.0

CAD 5.2

Low-cost Cities in Canada

The larger cities are indeed costlier cities in terms of their cost. Each province has a costlier city but it doesn't mean that you cannot afford to live there. Most big cities have their nearby cities which are most affordable and cost-effective, which leads to more savings. If students are living off-campus it is better to avail accommodation in a smaller city helps them save a lot in costs involved. Here we are listing out the lower-cost cities in Canada for international students reference:

  • Becancour, Quebec
  • Quesnel, British Columbia
  • Cornwall, Ontario
  • Timmins, Ontario
  • Saint-Georges, Quebec
  • Rimouski, Quebec
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Rouyn-Noranda, Québec
  • Saint-Marie, Quebec

Plan your accommodation with our advice and counsel. AECC Global will assist you throughout your journey.


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