Question – What is the typical cost of living in Canada vs USA for international students in Canada. I’m from India and planning to study Masters, but split between Canada vs USA.
Lets looks at cost of living in Canada vs USA and compare tuition fees per year for Canadian vs US Universities.
Living Expenses typically include your apartment rent, utilities, food, entertainment, personal expenses, etc.
Typical room and board expenses listed at university websites under cost of living assume you are not sharing your apartment or room.
Students from India share the apartment (2 to 4 person per apartment). When expenses gets shared my roommates, then your cost of living comes down.
Cost of Living in Canada
- Apartment/Housing Rental: Rent can vary from $300 to $500+. If you live in single bedroom apartment, then it will be expensive. Shared rental will be cheaper. So, it’s based on your preference.
- Other expenses: Between $250 to $400 depending on food, eating out, cellphone, internet and television connections.
Total you are looking at $350 + $250 = $600 (Canadian Dollars per month) for your day-to-day expenses.
At time of this writing 1 USD = 0.984189 CAD.
Here is the table from University of British Columbia on cost of Living
|Estimated minimum annual living costs for single person (not including tuition)|
|Student fees||$655||Includes U-Pass full public transit pass for 3 terms|
|Room & Board||$12,000||On or off-campus housing and food costs|
|Books & Supplies||$800||Reading materials, lab/studio costs vary by program|
|BC Health Plan||$648||Mandatory basic health coverage|
|AMS/GSS Extended Health Plan||$224||Prescription drugs, vision, dental coverage|
|Personal & Household Expenses||$2100||Clothing, personal care, household goods, etc|
|Entertainment||$600||Having a bit of fun!|
||$17,027||Remember, this does not include tuition|
We calculated $600 per month based on sharing an apartment, which comes to $600×12 = $7200 per year including food, entertainment. But, you can estimate around $10,000 in living expenses per year.
Cost of Living in USA
Cost of living in US Universities is along the same lines.
You can negate cost of living factors while deciding between US and Canada if you are comparing similar cities. Major difference comes into picture when you include tuition fees. Lets cover tuition fees between Canadian and US Universities in next post.