Costs and Fees


As an exchange student

If you are studying in Canada through an exchange agreement with your home university, you do not have to pay tuition fees.

As a guest student

Studying in Canada on your own is not free, but it is affordable. The average cost for a foreign student for one school year (8 months in 2007) in an undergraduate program is C$11,900.

Canada offers the lowest tuition rates for foreign students compared to the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and the US.  Rates at U.S. public universities were almost 1/3 higher than fees for Bachelor’s degrees in Canada, while U.S. private university fees were more than double.

Rates can be found on


Here are some typical costs* for items and services in Canada. Please note all figures are in Canadian funds.

Rent - Bachelor Apartment (one room apartment, one month, large city) $600 - $1,000
Phone (one month not including long distance) $20 - $40
Cell Phone Package (one month) $40
Cable Television (one month) $25 - $50
Internet Connection (high speed, one month) $30
Groceries for One Person (one month) $200 - $300
Bus Fare One Way (local) $2.25
Local Telephone Call $0.25
Fast Food Meal (hamburger, soft drink, french fries) $4 - $6 per person
Average Restaurant Meal $10 - $25 per person
Coffee from Specialty Coffee Shop $1.70
Admission to Nightclub $0 - $15
Movie $11.50 - $13
Return flight from Vancouver to Toronto $300 - $1,200

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