Canada is a trusted place to study in the world thanks to the high incentives for international students, along with very friendly open policies. If you are planning to study in the country of a maple leaf and are worried about studying abroad in Canada, this article is for you to answer this question.

Generally, study costs in Canada include: Cost for studying (tuition, school supplies …) and Living expenses (meals, accommodation, travel). 

Firstly, let’s see costs for studying. Tuition for all programs at Canadian schools is generally lower than those in the UK, US or Australia. Tuition will be adjusted year by year, the difference of tuition will depend on:

– Tuition fees by study program.

– Tuition fees by subject.

– Tuition fees are assigned by each Province in Canada

Tuition fees based on study programs in Canada:

Education program Tuition fees (CAD)
English course CAD 1500 – 3000 / month 25-50 million
Primary school to high school (K-12) CAD 12000-20000 / year 200 – 330 million
Colleges (depending on specialty) CAD  10000 – 20000 / year 165 – 330 million
Post graduate CAD  7000 – 10000 / year 115 – 165 million
Universities (depending on specialty) CAD 9000 – more than 50000 per year

Tuition fees by major in Canada:

Field of study University (2017-2018) Post graduate (2017-2018)
Education 17,337 13,962
Visual arts, performance arts and media  20,571 13,150
Humanities  22,229 13,460
Social sciences and behavioral sciences  21,604 13,557
Law-related industries  27,056 16,549
Corporate governance, management and public administration  23,555 20,518
Physics, life and technology science  24.456 56,900
Mathematics, informatics and information science  25,273 34,131
Engineer  26,582 13,730
Architecture  22,171 13,067
Agriculture, natural resources and nature conservation  20,268 15,870
Dental  53,105 20,123
Medicine  33,084 12,416
Nursing  18.806 20,565
Pharmacy 32,886
Veterinary  58,629 12,183
Other sectors related to health, parks, recreation and fitness  20,117 10,548

Tuition fees by each Province in Canada

Province University (2017-2018) Post graduate (2017-2018)
Newfoundland and Labrador 9,360 3,169
Prince Edward Island 22,700 10,898
Nova Scotia 15,661 17,528
New Brunswick 13,842 11,104
Quebec 20,749 14,550
Ontario 29,761 20,673
Manitoba 14,557 10,152
Saskatchewan 18,640 5,742
Alberta 20,727 9,079
British Columbia 21,486 13,773


Secondly, we will list basic living expenses students need to spend on studying in Canada.

The quality of life in Canada is good so the country has a high standard of living. The cost of living in Canada differs between provinces, cities and suburbs. The most expensive places in Canada are Vancouver and Victoria (British Columbia), Hamilton-Burlington and Toronto (Ontario), Calgary (Alberta). In general, students need to spend between $ 10,000 – $ 15,000 CAD per year to pay for living expenses in Canada while studying abroad.

  1. Housing cost

There are 3 types of residence:

– In the dormitory: From $ 3,000 – $ 7,500 CAD / year

– Homestay: From $ 4,800 – $ 9,600 CAD / year

– Rent:

Type of rented house Price (CAD / month)
1-bedroom apartment in the center 1,207
One-bedroom apartment in the suburbs 963.56
3-bedroom apartment in the center 1,957
Three-bedroom apartment in the suburbs 1,559

House prices in suburban and small provinces are usually cheaper than in cities. Similarly, if the school you attend is a small school, the dormitory fee is not as expensive as the large schools, located in major cities in Canada.

  1. Utility costs

The cost here is for basic and essential utilities in the life of international students such as electricity, water, gas, Internet … Each student will have to pay from $ 142.09 CAD / month for electricity bill. , water, gas. Internet user fees in Canada average at $ 70.33 / month (prices vary depending on the package you use).

  1. Necessary expenses

The cost of necessities is based on the lifestyle, needs and living habits of each person. It is estimated that each student will lose $ 150 – $ 350 CAD / month to buy food, medicine, personal hygiene equipment 

  1. Travel expenses

Canada is a country with a good and extremely convenient public transport system for people to move. Public facilities popularly chosen by international students are buses, subways, inner city trains … Students often get discounts, or you can buy monthly tickets. If you live on campus or rent a nearby house, you can walk or bike, the cost of transportation will be much more economical.

Travel expenses by public transport in Canada are as follows:

Kinds of transportation Fee (CAD)
One-way ticket (means of transport in the city) $3.25/turn
Monthly ticket for public transport (popular price) $112
Taxi (starting price) $3.65


  1. Entertainment costs

When studying in Canada, you shouldn’t try to save too much but miss the opportunity to discover the country’s unique life and culture. The minimum entertainment fee in a month for activities such as dining, watching movies, sightseeing, shopping … is at $ 100 – $ 300 CAD, depending on the standard of living of each person.

When living in Canada, international students will find that there are times when costs will be incurred in addition to the costs listed above:

– Buy prescription drugs (not covered by health insurance)

– School supplies and long distance calls to friends and family in your country.

International students studying in Canada can go to work to earn income to reduce living costs, improve their ability to communicate and expand relationships. According to Canadian Government regulations, the extra working time for students is up to 20 hours per week during the term and full-time during the school holidays. Common extra jobs: Supermarket staff, hotel staff, car wash staff, restaurant service, nail, extra work on the farm … with an average salary of 1 hour working around 8-12 CAD / hour.

In shorts, because of these things, Canada is continuously voted in the top 5 countries with the highest percentage of international students in the world.

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