Universities in Canada provide a home to many students from all over the world. Canadian universities are known for their world recognised education systems. Moreover, the budget friendly tuition fee has made Canadian universities a competitor of UK and US universities.

When it comes to studying abroad, budget and cost are the main things that should be kept in mind. Canada is hands down the best land for opportunities and for international students to achieve their dreams. The costs and budget ranges vary among different cities and their institutes. The expenses begin with your IELTS or other certification, after which you have to look forward to the application fee, a visa fee, living expenses, accommodation, travel, and a tuition fee.

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee in Canadian universities vary from among universities and programs. The cost of study depends upon several factors which include:

Ø  Mode of study

Ø  Type of study (undergraduate, graduate, or PhD)

Ø  Field of study (MBBS, IT, Commerce, Arts, etc.)

Ø  Institute

Ø  Residing city

Tuition Fee for different Programs

Canadian universities offer a wide range of programs of undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduation. The most highly demand programs include IT, medicine, Finance, and media studies. The tuition fee varies as per the demand of degree and the course load. The average fee for the program like health care, IT, costs a bit more than the usual arts and humanities. The average of the tuition fee for different programs are mentioned below:

Sr.ProgramAverage Tuition Fee
1.Undergraduate$50,000 to $60,000


$30,000 to $40,000
3.PhD$10,000 to $20,000

* It should be noted that the tuition fee mentioned above are an average and are subject to change.

Living Costs

The living costs include accommodation, travel, food, and health insurance. These may vary among different cities as the living costs and standards in Toronto, Ottawa, and Vancouver are higher than in the other cities and are considered the most expensive Canadian cities. The average living cost as a student per year in Canada is between CAD 15,000 – CAD 20,000.


Students can avail different options for their living purposes. The different options include:

–          On campus accommodation

–          Renting a house

–          Apartment living

–          Traditional dorm rooms

–          Home stay

The on-campus living is much cheaper than the off-campus living which include any apartment, suites, or house stay. There is a facility for room sharing among different students as well. The off-campus accommodation vary according to the city you are residing. The apartment costs are much more in cities like Vancouver and Toronto, whereas other cities have less costs.

Travel Expense

Canada has many transport services which include buses and trains which is a good opportunity for students to travel. Students usually avail these budget friendly public transport system for travelling to university or to work. Travel Expense is usually higher for students who live off-campus. The government of Canada provides different travel discounts on public transports.

Food Budget

Due to the inflation the food prices in Canada have increased to a 7.6 % within a year. The students who live off-campus spends $300 to $400 on average in a month. The food budget is still cheaper than the living of western countries.

Health insurance

One should have a complete information and plan for health insurance. All the Canadian residents have a complete health insurance plan which covers basic and emergency services. The students who apply for a full term study abroad plan in Canada gets automatically registered for a health insurance. The health insurance plan varies between different provinces. Students with a registered study visa get the basic health care facilities. The average yearly insurance plan is about $600 CAD to $900 CAD.