Compared to other countries, cost of studying in Canada is very affordable.

You would need to spend around $11,000 USD to $22,000 USD per year for tuition and living expenses.

However this also depends on the institution and programs that you choose to pursue as well as your location and your life style.

Tuition Fee

Following table shows average yearly tuition fee for some popular majors:

Engineering$16,000 USD$10,000 USD
Computer & Information Science$15,500 USD$9,000 USD
Humanities$13,500 USD$9,500 USD
Law$17,500 USD$11,000 USD
Business Management$15,000 USD$13,500 USD
Social and Behavioral Sciences$13,500 USD$9,000 USD
Nursing$12,000 USD$8,500 USD
Pharmacy$23,000 USD$9,000 USD
Medicine$22,000 USDNA
Other health, parks, recreation and fitness$13,000 USD$12,000 USD

Source: Statistics Canada


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Typically, after getting acceptance at some Canadian university, you will apply for on-campus accommodation, which most of the universities offer.

Your rental charge will vary across institutions and depend on factors such as private room and meal plans.

You can also choose to live off-campus. Rent for an apartment will vary from $300-$1200 USD per month, depending on location, size of apartment etc.

You may also need to pay for utilities – electricity, internet, phone, water, insurance etc.

You can get help from the university’s student services office in finding both on-campus or off-campus accommodation.


Students, typically in large city, choose public transportation: buses, subways etc., which cost around $70 per month.

For a license to drive you own vehicle, you need to contact ministry of transportation in the province you are studying in.

Health Insurance

You need to take health insurance coverage, which will cost around $450 per year.

You can find more information at the website of the university you have got acceptance or from provincial ministries of health.

Student Visa

To study in Canada, you need student visa for the duration of your study. Applying for a student study visa costs $110 USD. Click here to learn more.

Part-time Job Opportunities

While studying, you can work on-campus or off-campus for 20 hours a week during university semester and full-time during summer and winter semester break.


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