Studying and Living in Canada
Studying in Canada is a rewarding investment in your future with access to leading education, exhilarating cross-cultural experiences, and a globally recognized degree. Canada extends the lowest tuition fees for international students compared to the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.
Campus Life in Canada
With two official languages, viz. English and French, Canada is a contemporary, progressive multicultural nation. Canada has been successful in consistently ranked among the top 10 countries in the United Nations Quality of Life Index since 2004.
As an international student, one can look forward to a vibrant and fulfilling campus life in Canada that enriches and enhances the student experience while in Canada.
The Highlights of Campus Life for International Students
Most of Canadian educational institutions offer a comprehensive orientation process for international students. The orientation program involves academic recommendations and procedures, rules and regulations, activities, clubs and associations information. These orientation programs are indispensable to learning about the campus and its surroundings. Most campuses are home to a variety of student associations, clubs, sports programs and interest groups that welcome international students and help them to fully participate in campus and local spirit. Typically, there is a general student association for all students. Many schools have federations or associations that are entirely comprised of international students. Participation in one of more of these associations or clubs encourages students to become deeply involved in campus life. All in all, Canada provides an enriching experience.
Students in Canada have a wide range of different accommodation options available for students during their studies in Canada. Some popular accommodation choices in Canada include private flats/apartments, hostels, home stays, on campus residence and hotels.
Choosing your accommodation is an important step in your transition so, start searching for the same as early as possible, especially if you want to apply for on-campus accommodation.
Home stay Accommodation
The home stay in Canada helps a student to practice their English skills in an informal setting and to experience Canadian culture first-hand. It is a cultural exchange between a local individual or family and a visiting international student. The home stays usually all meals.
Many students prefer private apartments, but price, quality and availability vary greatly. Student share accommodation to keep costs down and usually find places to meet their needs and preferences.
Hotels are available in every city in Canada. It is extremely costly when used over a longer period of time. Hotel rates vary from city to city.
Hostelling is a temporary and inexpensive way to stay in major cities. A hostel is an economical accommodation with primary facilities available, i.e. toilets, bathrooms and kitchens. The hostel rooms are available on sharing basis.
On-Campus Residences are available at many schools in Canada and are a popular way for students to live, study, and make friends. Rooms vary in size and in quality and are separated by gender. Many dormitories have shared kitchens, bathrooms and laundry facilities.
International Tuition FeesEnglish Preparation (ESL)
The tuition fees for English preparation (ESL) programs ranges between CDN $900 and CDN $1,200 per month, depending on the school and the level of intensity of study.Academic Studies (College/University)
Colleges and universities in Canada have a range of different tuition costs, depending on the program and the school that are chosen. Average academic tuition fees are as follows:
Tuition Fees: Detailed
- College: CDN $9,000 – CDN $12,000 (per year)
- University Transfer Program (UTP): CDN $9,000 – CDN $12,000 (per year)
- University Foundations Program: CDN $9,000 – CDN $11,000 (per year)
- University: CDN $10,000 – CDN $16,000 (per year)
| Province||Undergraduate Studies|
in Canada (PG)
| Newfoundland|| $7,260|| $1,896 - 3,549|
| Prince Edward Island|| $7,510|| $6,100|
| Nova Scotia|| $8,520 - 12,480|| $4,329 - 15,000|
| New Brunswick|| $7,063 - 10,720|| $5,610 - 8,465|
| Quebec|| $9,168 - 10,518|| $8,268 - 20,000|
| Ontario|| $6,900 - 16,204|| $5,432 - 29,000|
| Manitoba|| $4,940 - 6,900|| $3,795 - 9,685|
| Saskatchewan|| $7,779 - 10,890|| $5,313|
| Alberta|| $6,293 - 11,078|| |
$5,298 - $19,200
| British Columbia|| $4,462 - 15,870|| $2,272 - $17,499|
Living Cost in Canada
- Home Stay: The average cost is CDN $750 to CDN $900 (per month).
- Private Apartments: The average cost to rent an apartment ranges from CDN $800 to CDN $1500 (per month).
- Hotels: Low price range, $65-$85 (per night); moderate price range, $85-$135 (per night); expensive price range, $135 – $350 (per night); and Five-Star Hotel price range, $270 (per night).
- Hostel: The average costs from CDN $15 to CDN $50 (per night).
- On-Campus residence: The average cost ranges from CDN $3,000 to CDN $7,500 (per year).
Other living expenses
- Groceries and eating out - $150 to $200 per month
- Utilities - $300 per month
- Phone and Internet - $20 to $80 per month
- Public transport - $10 to $50 per week
- Car (after purchase) - $150 to $250 per month
- Entertainment - $20 to $50 per week
Working while you study
Working while you study in Canada can help complement your study and living experience. There is a mass of data available over the Internet that will help you identify how many jobs are available to somebody with your skills and experience at whatever broken time in any given area of Canada.
Full-time students registered in a degree or diploma-granting course can work up to 20 hours on the campus of the institution at which they are registered without the need for an employment authorization. You just need a valid Study Permit.
International students are allowed to work off campus while completing their studies in Canada.
Paid or unpaid internships can be a great way to get exposure to the professional, financial and creative industries. Getting involved in something is a great way of networking. Many people are able to discover their interests and values through getting involved in various activities different from a regular routine. Internships provide students with a great opportunity to acquire real-world experience.
Working after graduation
The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program allows you to gain valuable Canadian work experience after you have completed your studies in Canada. This can help you apply to become a permanent resident of Canada. Work permit is valid for three years under this program.Eligibility Criteria:
You must have graduated from a public or private institution that grants degrees recognized by the province or territory. These institutions may include a university, college or CEGEP.
Canada has a vast network of well maintained roads. The transport options available in Australia include buses, trains, etc. The access to these transport services will vary depending on where you live. One can also access private and public car services from taxis to hired limousines, available to take you from door to door. Some larger education providers will likewise have their own in-house transport system, especially useful if you have to leave your campus late at night or live in a hard-to-reach area.
If you are staying in Canada for less than three months, you can use a valid driver’s license issued by your country. If you are staying longer than three months, you must hold an international driver’s license (IDL) from your country of abode.
Health and Safety
Canada is a peaceful, secure and spick and span country.
Call 911 in any emergency situation. This is a central number for police, fire and ambulance throughout Canada.
Canada is a safe place to live and study. Public transport is reliable and widely used in Canada. A number of security measures have been implemented to maximize the safety of public transport users, including security officers and guards, help points, good lighting and security cameras.