Cost of Living in Canada for International Students

Cost of Living in Canada for International Students

Studying in Canada as an international student has increased in recent years. The international student population has grown by 119 percent in Canada since 2010. Canadian universities are set to accept the highest number of international students in Canadian history in 2019.

At the point when you consider studying abroad, the cost is likely a significant factor in your choice. We will cover the average costs of living in Canada for international students in this article, including tuition fees, accommodation, food, and transportation costs.

Why Choose Canada for Studying Abroad?
Canada has become a top destination goal in recent years for many international students who wish to study in both English and French. In the past years’ numerous international students used to choose the United States for their abroad studies, recently the trend has changed to look northwards towards Canada, with US education costs soaring and US immigration policies have become more prohibitive and stringent.

Affordable Tuition Fees in Canada for International Students
Compared with the United States, the average tuition fees for International Students in Canadian Universities remains relatively affordable. The average annual tuition fees for an international undergraduate student in Canada in the 2018/2019 academic year is $27,159 Canadian dollars, compared with $45,950 USD paid at an American university for the same course.

Benefits of Studying in Canada
All students holding a temporary study permit are allowed to work part-time during their studies. International students can work up to 20 hours per week during study periods and 40 hours during weekends & long holidays such as in the month of December.

Student visa in Canada has also made it easy for international students if they wish to remain in the country after finishing their studies to become a permanent resident. The Post-Graduate work permit program allows foreign students to stay and work in Canada for up to 3 years after their graduation.

After getting one year of work experience in Canada, an international graduate student from Canada can become eligible for applying the Canadian Experience Class of Express Entry to apply for permanent resident status.

Cost of Student Accommodations in Canada
In Canada, there are numerous choices for living as a student. Students can pick the living style that suits them best, from living on a university campus to renting an apartment. Big cities, such as Toronto and Vancouver, typically have higher lodging costs than smaller cities and towns.

The average student accommodation cost in Toronto ranges between 1000 CAD to 2500 CAD was as the cost of lodging in the city like Montreal ranges between 450 CAD to 550 CAD per month. Due to its affordable cost of living, Montreal has become one of the most favourite and popular cities for international students across the globe.

Cost of Food and Transportation in Canada
Similar to the student’s accommodation costs, the cost of food and local transportation also varies from city to city in Canada. Transportation cost is higher in Toronto as compared with Montreal and Saint John’s. Public transport monthly pass cost you around 100 to 125 CAD, were as 70 to 80 CAD in Saint John’s and Montreal respectively. Cost of food i.e., monthly groceries also ranges in the same proportion as transportation cost in Canada. For instance, Grocery costs you around 200 CAD to 400 CAD per month.

Medical cost in Canada
International students must have medical insurance to cover their health issues in Canada, although international students have a by default access to the free public health care centres and hospitals but restricted to certain provinces in Canada. In the other provinces were free health care facility is excluded, students need to approach private medical centres, which are very expensive and hence it is advisable to have Medical insurance in advance.

​Article source: Studium Group | Blog

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