LIVING COST IN
Living Cost for International Students in Canada
Here are some
typical costs for living in Canada:
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Some provinces apply a provincial tax levy to goods and services. All
provinces must apply the federal Goods & Services Tax (GST) of seven per cent
to most purchases. As a visitor, a portion of the GST may be refunded to you
upon your departure from Canada. There are restrictions that apply and you
must provide original receipts. Contact Revenue Canada or your school for
further information. GST refund forms can be obtained at the information
counters at airports and at most shopping malls.
an average, an Indian student will need approximately Rs 5 lakhs per year for
studying in Canada, depending upon your tuition fees and location
Hostelling is a
temporary and inexpensive way to stay in major cities.
Accommodation is basic but economical, and primary
facilities (toilets, baths and kitchens) are shared.
Rates are calculated daily, and costs are less than
other accommodation choices.
Average cost of a room in a hostel: $10 - $20 CDN per
The YWCA/YMCA hotels are also inexpensive, clean, safe
and comfortable. Many of these establishments also
have pools and fitness centres. Keep in mind, though,
that hostels and YWCA/YMCAs fill up quickly during the
summer months, so you should plan ahead. Average cost
of a room in a YWCA/YMCA: $24 - $45 CDN per night.
Many schools have accommodation conveniently located
on or near their campus. Rooms can vary in size and in
quality, and many dormitories have shared kitchens,
toilets, showers and laundry facilities. There is
usually an option of having either a shared or private
room, and dormitories are usually separated by gender.
In some cases, there are cafeterias and meal plans
that can be included in the cost of the room. Most
dormitories come furnished, and are an ideal way to
become involved in campus activities and meet other
Average cost of residence/dormitory rooms: $3,000 -
$7,500 CDN per school year. For more information,
contact the school you will be attending.
Canadian families welcome international students. This
may be an effective way for you learn about daily life
in Canada, and meet new, friendly people. Home stays
also offer a more stable and secure environment for
younger people coming to study in Canada. Typically, a
home stay consists of a Canadian family hosting a
student in their home while the student attends
classes in Canada. Meals and a private, furnished room
are provided in the home, and the host family welcomes
and encourages participation in family and community
Average cost of home stay accommodation: $400 - $800
CDN per month.
an option open to students, but price, quality and
availability vary greatly. Rents are often quite high
in the major cities, and places are not always
available. Many students share accommodation to keep
costs down and usually find places to meet their needs
and preferences. Many schools offer an off-campus
housing service, which can provide affordable listings
that are near the campus. At this service centre,
those seeking shared accommodations can also find
roommates. Once on campus, you will often find a
variety of postings throughout the campus advertising
nearby housing, but it is always best to make
arrangements before coming to Canada.
There are different types of places you can rent as an
international student. A house is usually too
expensive for one student to rent, but many students
share or rent suites (a self-contained unit with a
kitchen, toilet, bath and bedroom) within a larger
Apartments are another option, where one has a
kitchen, toilet, bath, and one or two bedrooms. Most
rental apartments do not include furniture or meals.
Some, however, include the cost of heat and/or
electricity in the rent.
Listings of available apartments or homes are
published in local newspapers. It is the
responsibility of the student to determine suitability
as schools do not inspect these places nor can they
make any other arrangements. Most landlords require a
damage deposit and rent is paid on a monthly basis in
cash or by cheque.
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