Most students from all over the globe prefer to study in top-tier countries outside of their parent country. This is mostly a result of wanting an improved standard of living, lower tuition fees, or a conducive and enabling learning environment.
It’s a dream come true for a lot of international students to study in top-tier countries. Canada with its developed economy, diversified culture, and open arms to immigrants is a popular destination for international students.
Cost of Living in British Columbia
British Columbia is the westernmost province in Canada. It’s the third-most-populous province in Canada with Victoria as the capital city and Vancouver as the most populous city which also doubles as the third-largest metropolitan area in the country.
British Columbia is one of the most expensive cities to live in in Canada. However, a recent ranking shows that it’s the third (3rd) best province to live in Canada. It’s the home to prominent educational institutions. As an international student seeking to immigrate to the province, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the cost of living in the province so you can effectively match it with your budget.
Expenses for International Students in Alberta
Highlighted below are some of the expenses for international students studying in the province of Quebec.
- Accommodation Costs: We divide these into two which are; short-term stay and long-term stay
For Short Term Stay
|Accommodation Type||Price Range/Night in CAD|
|Hotels||55 – 320|
|Bed and Breakfast Stay||50 – 250|
|Hostel||40 – 200|
For Long Term Stay
|Accommodation Type||Price Range in CAD|
|Homestay||900 – 2,000|
|Residence / Dormitory||6,000 – 15,000 per 8 months|
|Rented Apartment||900 – 1,600 per month|
- Food Expenses: We provide a rough estimate of household consumption in three famous cities in Alberta
|Grocery||380 per month|
|Milk||1.9 per liter|
|Water||1.2 per liter|
- Transportation Expenses: We compare different modes of transportation in Montreal and Quebec City
|Mode of Transport||Charges (CAD)|
|Public transport monthly ticket||80|
- Healthcare Charges in British Columbia: Before you can enroll in a designated learning institution in Canada, you need to obtain medical insurance certificates. You can either do this before moving into the country or immediately after landing in the country.
Basic Coverage of Health Insurance
- Medical services provided by a physician
- Maternity care
- Eye examinations
- Diagnostic services
- Dental and oral surgery
- Orthodontic services
- Student Expenses: Tuition fees for educational institutions in the province is expensive compared to other provinces in the country. However, it is still very much affordable when compared to tuition fees from other top-tier countries. Other expenses aside from tuition fees include payment for textbooks, entertainment, and other miscellaneous items.
No doubt, British Columbia has prominent and affordable educational institutions in the country. It also has one of the most expensive accommodation packages in the country.