COST OF LIVING IN CANADA FOR INDIAN STUDENTS

For students who stay far away from the comfort and warmth of their home for their higher studies, avoiding homesickness will always be the top priority at their place of study. Staying far away from home demands both mental and physical energy to stay active, to perform well in your studies, and achieve your long-awaited dreams. But the cost also has to be considered when it is the ultimate tool for buying that comfort of your home. Many places in the world have various living expenses but Canada is like a home country for those who come together to chase their dreams. Canada offers quality education, good quality of life, and cheaper cost of living for Indian students compared to other countries.

Cost of Accommodation in Canada

50% of the overall living cost is majorly spent on accommodation if you are not staying in your university/college campuses.

Choosing the right locality closer to your institution could be the right decision to reduce the cost of transportation, avoid fatigue and save time by minimizing excess travel. Some universities offer cheaper and hygienic accommodation that can cost you between CAD 7000 to 9000 per annum that cuts off your overall travel expenses almost by 90% except your travel on weekends to visit a friend/family or sightseeing.

Some students like to stay off-campus and it would ideally cost them CAD 5000 to 9000 if they are staying on a shared basis with friends. Places like Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, are a little more expensive than other provinces of Canada while the cheaper cities to live in Canada are Montreal, Edmonton, Brampton, Hamilton.

The cost of living varies from province to province and let's understand the various cost components of living in Canadian cities:

Province

Accommodation

(per month)

Food Expenses

(per month)

Transportation

(per month)

Others

(per month)

Alberta

CAD 450

CAD 280

CAD 75

CAD 300

British Columbia

CAD 280

CAD 265

CAD 100

CAD 280

Mississauga

CAD 480

CAD 290

CAD 65

CAD 320

Nova Scotia

CAD 550

CAD 270

CAD 70

CAD 350

Newfoundland

CAD 500

CAD 270

CAD 70

CAD 250

New Brunswick

CAD 450

CAD 240

CAD 75

CAD 240

Ontario

CAD 600

CAD 250

CAD 90

CAD 250

Quebec

CAD 880

CAD 260

CAD 50

CAD 310

Saskatchewan

CAD 500

CAD 280

CAD 85

CAD 320

Vancouver

CAD 580

CAD 300

CAD 95

CAD 260


Transportation Costs in Canada:

If you are staying off-campus the transportation charges should be taken into consideration. You will need to travel every day by either bus or metro to reach your college but the best thing is, the Canadian government has announced an excellent monthly pass system for transportation that allows us to travel by bus and train only in those provinces.

Toronto, for example, has the maximum cost compared to other provinces, and let's take the Toronto transit commission (TTC) to check how much it costs for a monthly and yearly subscription. 

Let's see the breakup of the monthly pass cost for an adult.

Cash for a single ticket

CAD 3.25

TTC Monthly Pass

CAD 156.00

12-Month Pass

CAD 143.00

Post-Secondary Monthly Pass

CAD 128.15

Downtown Express

CAD 3.25

Downtown Express Monthly Pass

CAD 201.90

12 Month Downtown Express Monthly Pass

CAD 188.90

So the average annual cost if you are purchasing metro pass month-wise it will be CAD 1872

Whereas you can save the money if you are applying for a 12-month pass system which will cost you CAD 1716 (Save - CAD 152/ Per Year)

The bigger cities of Canada have little differences in cost for different mediums of transportation. 

Here are some of the approximate costs of transportation in major cities of Canada.



Food and Groceries Expenses in Canada

The initial months you will be spending your backup money before getting a part-time job to manage your spendings. The necessary expenses would be restaurant costs or if you are trying cooking, it would be the groceries.

Let's have a look at the standard cost of groceries and supplies needed for cooking on your own in Canada.

1. Restaurant Cost in Canada

Find the details of how much a restaurant meal would cost you for a day:

Meal

Cost (Including tax and tip)

Breakfast

C$10 to C$25

Lunch

C$10 to C$25

Dinner

C$15 to C$45

The above table depicts the median price, but according to restaurants and the seasons, the price may vary depending on the availability of ingredients and your choice of food. The average monthly cost depends on your lifestyle also, to give you a fair idea check this out:

Expense moderation

The cost involved per day/person

Budget

C$28

Moderate

C$44

Luxury

C$100

 
2. Cost of Food and Beverages

Other than these regular meals, students prefer having a coffee twice a day or munching a piece of pizza at brunch. Check out the cost of this regular food diet:

Food & Beverage

Cost per serve or per liter

Coffee

1.50 CAD

Baking

1 CAD

Soups

3.60 CAD

Sandwiches

4 CAD

Mineral Water

2.50 CAD

Milk

1.51 CAD

Juices & stable drinks

1.50 CAD

Almond Beverages

2.18 CAD

Frozen Fruit Beverages

3.23 CAD

Energy Drinks

6.3 CAD

Like we, the cost of living varies from place to place. It applies the same when it comes to Canada too. It ranges from high to low from bigger cities to the countryside.

 3. Groceries

You will need fresh vegetables, milk, eggs, meat, etc to cook your favourite meal. Meanwhile, staying on budget is always a matter of concern, to help you out with the average price range in Canadian grocery stores - Here is the list for your daily needs.

Item

Quantity

2020 Price (CAD)

Round steak

1 kg

17.38

Chicken

1 kg

7.21

Bacon

500 g

7.21

Wieners

450 g

5.13

Canned salmon

213 g

6.04

Homogenized milk

4 l

5.93

Partly skimmed milk

4 l

5.31

Butter

454 g

5.17

Processed Cheese slices

250 g

2.79

Evaporated milk

385 ml

1.92

Eggs

1 dz

3.6

Bread

675 g

2.83

Soda crackers

450 g

3.41

Macaroni

500 g

1.61

Flour

4.2 kg

4.59

Corn flakes

675 g

5.81

Apples

1 kg

4.25

Bananas

1 kg

1.55

Oranges

1 kg

3.58

Apple juice

1.36 l

1.99

Orange juice

1 l

4.28

Carrots

1 kg

2.3

Mushrooms

1 kg

9.03

Onions

1 kg

2.2

Potatoes

4.54 kg

10.43

French fried potatoes, frozen

1 kg

3.17

Baked beans, canned

398 ml

1.43

Tomatoes, canned

796 ml

1.48

Tomato juice, canned

796 ml

1.53

Ketchup

1 l

3.89

Sugar, white

2 kg

2.45

Cooking or salad oil

1 l

3.01

Soup, canned

284 ml

1.38

Baby food

128 ml

1.5

Peanut butter

500 g

2.79

Toiletries

Quantity

2020 Price (CAD)

Paper towels

2 rolls

3.46

Facial tissue

200 nos

3.12

Bathroom tissue

4 rolls

2.75

Shampoo

300 ml

3.99

Deodorant

60 g

4.21

Toothpaste

100 ml

3.38


4. Movie Expenses:

Canada has one of the oldest paramount theatres and a premium screening facility which attracts more audiences even though there are a lot of home viewing options. Students from other countries get to see their country's regional movies being screened in Canada and the tickets are also not so expensive they are affordable to enjoy a day with friends and colleagues.

REGULAR

Age Category

Ticket Price

Children (ages 3-13)

C$7.99 - C$8.99

Adults (ages 14 & up)

C$10.99 - C$12.99

Seniors (ages 65+)

C$8.50 - C$10.50

IMAX

Children (ages 3-13)

C$12.99

Adults (ages 14 & up)

C$19.99

Seniors (ages 65+)

C$13.50

3D Movies

Children (ages 3-13)

C$9.75 - C$10.99

Adults (ages 14 & up)

C$9.75 - C$10.99

Seniors (ages 65+)

C$9.75 - C$10.99

ULTRAAVX

Children (ages 3-13)

C$11.99 - C$12.99

Adults (ages 14 & up)

C$15.99 - C$16.50

Seniors (ages 65+)

C$12.50 - C$13.50


Cost Of Living Expenses in Canada for Indian Students

Living expenses are one which covers food and groceries, transportation, healthcare costs, clothing, personal care, gym fees, gadgets, and accessories.

The proportion of consumables varies, but as a student in a different country, you are always advised to spend less than what you have to in order to avoid unnecessary shortage of funds during the end of the month. Cooking on your own costs you less and gives you the liberty to prepare your own hygienic food-making process also it cuts down almost 50% of your expenses on food. A student would definitely need a laptop for studies and project-making purposes other than that investing in expensive things which is not necessary can be avoided.



You can prepare a chart for every month on your calendar about the upcoming movie time with friends, your parties, and open live concerts and segregate the funds to each of the events. This method will help you to understand how much cash you are gonna spend and how much you can restrict to avoid out-of-fund scenarios.

The stationery, notebooks, supplies for colleges, and course-related materials adds to the extra costs but those are mandatory for Indian students.

Other Important Costs Involved:

The other charges like Visa cost, Health insurance (Cost varies according to provinces), permits for school/studies, These mandatory things cannot be neglected but they are not so expensive and may cost you CAD 1000 Yearly.

Internet & Data costs:

Canada has one of the best internet speeds and data transmission rates but a good plan comes with a good price in order to afford the same. When you are at the university campus and staying in the university accommodation you will get a free WIFI that will be included in your accommodation costs.

The Average Cost of Living in Canada for Indian students:

City

Cost of living (Approx.)

Toronto

CAD 37000

Vancouver

CAD 38000

Montreal

CAD 25000

Ottawa

CAD 20000

Calgary

CAD 27000


We hope this article gives a fair idea of how much a student needs to spend a year in Canada for pursuing their studies with relevant data and information (could be an approximation but not the exact cost of living - because it varies from lifestyle to lifestyle). This data is considered with various calculations and subjugations of some of the main things about the cost of living in Canada. If you are one of those students who are currently planning to Study in Canada after the 12th or want to explore the Best PG Courses to Study in Canada, you can visit your nearest AECC Global Branch or Book an Online Consultation with our International Education Experts. We will help you out in achieving your study abroad dreams.