Canadian Course Fees and Cost of Living

Canadian University Course Fees and Costs

The cost of living in Canada as an international student

The cost of living and studying in Canada can vary depending on various factors such as the location, institution, program of study, and individual lifestyle choices. When compared to fellow popular international study destinations such as the UK, USA and Australia, generally, the tuition fees and living costs in Canada are much lower.

Studying overseas can be expensive, but by budgeting correctly and ensuring you are aware of all your incomings and outgoings, you can live a comfortable life whilst studying in Canada. Scholarships, grants, and part-time job opportunities can also help alleviate the financial burden.

Student Expenses in Canada

International student tuition fees in Canada

Fees for international students vary depending on the university and type of course. The average fees for undergraduate overseas students in Canada tend to be between CAD 20,000 and 30,000 per year, but this can be significantly more for students studying programmes such as medicine or dentistry. For postgraduate overseas students, the average tuition fee is CAD 17,744.

A broad average of Canada tuition fees from the 2019-20 academic year can be found below.

Course Type Undergraduate Graduate
Education CAD 20,800 CAD 15,700
Humanities CAD 28,600 CAD 13,600
Social Sciences CAD 27,600 CAD 15,000
Law Studies  CAD 33,100 CAD 7,200
Business Management CAD 18,000 CAD 19,000
Regular MBA - CAD 38,900
Engineering CAD 33,700 CAD 19,300
Architecture CAD 26,400 CAD 23,900
Dentistry CAD 56,600 CAD 22,400
Medicine CAD 32,400 -
Nursing CAD 21,900 CAD 16,100
Pharmacy CAD 40,900 CAD 12,800
Veterinary medicine CAD 63,300 CAD 10,000

Cost of living

The average cost of living in Canada will be significantly higher when located in metropolitan cities such as Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal. Generally, students will need to budget a further CAD 10,0000 - 11,000 annually to cover living expenses such as books, stationery, food, bills, travel and social costs.


Most Canadian universities and colleges have on-campus accommodation, but space is limited, so be sure to apply early. If you live in on-campus accommodation, you can expect to pay CAD 8,000-10,000 per year. If you live off-campus in private accommodation, rent can be higher.

In major cities, renting a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre can range from CAD 1,500 to 3,000 per month, while outside the city centre, it may range from CAD 1,200 to 2,500 per month.

Study permit

International students will require a study permit to study at a Canadian university or Designated Learning Institution. The cost of this permit is approximately CAD 150.

Other student expenses

Aside from accommodation and tuition fees, there are other expenses that must be included to have a broad idea of how to spend and where to save. They include:

It's important to note that these figures are approximate and can vary depending on factors such as lifestyle choices, personal spending habits, and location. You can research specific costs in the city or region you plan to live in, as well as consider potential additional expenses such as taxes, insurance, and unforeseen costs.

Financial Support to Study in Canada

If you have any questions about the above and how to fund your studies in Canada, arrange a free consultation with SI-Canada today. Don't forget our scholarship search can also help you find funding to support your stay here.

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