Embarking on your study journey in Canada is an exciting chapter of your life. As an international student, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the cost of living in Canada to effectively plan your finances and make the most of your experience. Understanding the expenses associated with accommodation, daily necessities, and other factors can help you plan your budget effectively. In this blog, we will provide you with an overview of the cost of living in Canada, giving you valuable insights into what to expect. For personalized and in-depth details tailored to your specific needs, feel free to contact our team of 4S Study Abroad.


Housing costs vary across Canada. In major cities like Vancouver and Toronto, the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment ranges from CAD 1,500 to CAD 2,500. If you prefer shared accommodations or living outside the city center, costs can be lower. Purchasing property varies based on location and property type.

Daily Expenses:

Grocery expenses for an individual can range from CAD 200 to CAD 400 per month, depending on eating habits and dietary preferences. Dining out at restaurants or cafes can range from CAD 10 to CAD 25 per meal. Transportation costs, including public transit, can be around CAD 100 to CAD 150 per month. Utilities (electricity, heating, water) average around CAD 100 to CAD 150 per month.

Education Costs:

Tuition fees for international students vary depending on the program and institution. Undergraduate programs can range from CAD 15,000 to CAD 30,000 per year, while graduate programs may range from CAD 10,000 to CAD 40,000 per year. It’s important to consider additional costs such as textbooks, supplies, and health insurance.

Lifestyle Considerations:

Entertainment and leisure activities come with their own costs, such as dining out at restaurants, visiting museums and art galleries, attending live performances, and exploring outdoor recreational areas. Movie tickets can range from CAD 10 -15 and travel expenses depend on your destination and travel preferences. It’s important to allocate a budget for experiencing the diverse range of entertainment options, cultural attractions, and outdoor adventures that Canada has to offer.

Besides the above-mentioned expenses, there are additional costs to consider, such as health insurance, visa fees, and more, which can vary based on individual circumstances. At 4S Study Abroad, we invite you to reach out to our experienced education consultancy team. 

We are here to provide comprehensive information and support throughout your study abroad journey in Canada. Whether it’s understanding the intricacies of health insurance coverage, navigating the visa application process, or addressing any other financial concerns, our knowledgeable team is ready to assist you. Contact us today for personalized guidance and let us ensure that you have a well-rounded understanding of the cost of living in Canada.