The cost of college study in Canada and living in this wonderful country.

If your dream is to study abroad, you should know that Canada is one of the most coveted destinations for Italian students. This country with a thousand study and career opportunities is famous both for the testimonies of those who decided to study in Canada (and then decided to settle there permanently) and for its territory rich in natural beauty and multicultural cities, in which students and workers from all over the world pour.
But how much does it cost to study in Canada at university?

This question has probably been hammering you for some time and preventing you from making a final decision, but know that we have good news for you: usually, the fees of colleges and universities in Canada are lower than in other English-speaking countries (usually you pay less to study in Canada than to study in Australia, UK, USA etc.).

Of course, the taxation is higher than that of universities in Italy (and you probably know this well) but think that once you graduate in Canada, you will have many job opportunities both nationally and internationally. The reason is simple: a degree from a prestigious university where you study completely in English certainly does not leave employers indifferent, especially if you aspire to hold positions of a higher degree.

Today, however, we want to give you an idea of ​​Canadian college tuition and room and board costs for living in Canada. This way, you can organize yourself and choose the college or university that best suits your goals and budget.

Don’t worry: we will also give you some tips to save!

Annual college tuition fees in Canada: how much do they cost?

Colleges and universities in Canada have varying annual fees based on the program of study, the student’s nationality (they are higher for international students), and whether you are studying an undergraduate program such as a Bachelor’s or program postgraduate such as a Masters.

The annual tuition fees, which you have to pay semester to semester and which often include health insurance, typically range from a minimum of about 10,000 to a maximum of about 25,000 – 30,000 Canadian dollars for the first year of a Bachelor’s degree. I level, equivalent to our three-year course).

The Masters are naturally more expensive: they usually start from a minimum of 15,000 up to around 30,000 Canadian dollars for the first year of studies.

A Bachelor’s in Canada can last 3 or 4 years and a Master 1 or 2 years, depending on the program you choose.

Humanities tend to be cheaper, while areas of study such as the health and engineering professions tend to be the most expensive. Business and Management courses, on the other hand, have average prices (lower than those of other states such as Australia and the USA).

To these fees, you must also add the costs of the study material.

How much does college study material cost in Canada?

The university material, which consists mainly of books and manuals, has a cost ranging from 1000 to 3000 Canadian dollars per year (and also in this case, the prices vary according to the year of study, the chosen discipline and the college or university where you enrolled).

Being quite a high figure, we recommend that you ask other students if and where it is possible to buy used university books so that you and/or your parents can save a lot of money.

In addition to the annual fees and study materials, you also need to consider other expenses, such as food, accommodation and transportation. Want to know what the average figures are for Canada? Go to the following paragraph!

Cost of living in Canada: room, board and other extra expenses.

The expenses for food and lodging in Canada are around $ 10,000 Canadian per year (if we don’t consider the extra expenses but only the food and the rent). If, on the other hand, we consider all the annual expenses, but absolutely all, this mirror will be useful for you:

  • On-campus accommodation: Approximately 8,000 to 10,000 Canadian dollars (this is the most expensive option for housing).
  • Homestay accommodation with meals included: approximately 5,000 to 8,000 Canadian dollars + approximately 200 dollars of placement tax, which is paid as a one-time fee.
  • Rented apartment accommodation: approximately $ 3,000 to $ 8,000 (of course, you pay more if you rent an apartment individually and less if you share the house with other students).
  • Food: Approximately 2,000 or 3,000 Canadian dollars.
  • Clothing: around CAD 1,000 (essential expense if you are not equipped enough for the harsh winters in Canada).
  • Public transportation: approximately $ 800.
  • Automobile: Approximately $ 4,500, including fuel, insurance, and parking.
  • Possible extra costs: around $ 2,000 if you love going out with friends, going to restaurants and clubs!
  • Utilities (if not included in the rent): approximately 400 Canadian dollars.
  • Phone: about $ 500.
  • TV: about $ 400.
  • Internet: about $ 500.

We remind you that all prices are annual!

We assume you’re worried, but we want to give you some money-saving tips during your stay in Canada.


How to save on college tuition and living costs in Canada? Here are our tips.

If you choose to study at college or university in Canada, you can save in several ways both on taxes and on the costs of room and board plus other expenses.

Do you want to know how? Read our tips:

  1. The first step is to contact us: we will tell you which universities in Canada offer you discounts if you sign up with us at LAE and offer advantageous scholarships for international students! This way, you can save on the highest annual costs, namely those of academic fees.
  2. Choose accommodation shared with other students, located as close to campus as possible. We will advise you on the networks where to find people who live or will go to live in Canada for study purposes to organize yourself to choose the right apartment!
  3. Do not book the apartment from Italy, as you could run into a scam. Stay temporarily in a hostel or with a Canadian family, and in the meantime, visit the apartments that landlords offer online. Only in this way will you be 100% sure to choose the right property for your needs.
  4. Use public transport and bicycle as much as possible,  avoiding using your car or taxi.
  5. Look for a job during your studies: it will allow you to cover, at least in part, the extra expenses and those of room and board.

Regarding the last point, namely the possibility of studying and working in Canada, you should know that the  Canada  Student Visa, or the Study Permit Canada, offers you the possibility to apply for one of the following work permits:

  • On-Campus Work Permit: This permit allows you to work on your campus with full-time hours during the holidays and part-time during the lesson periods. As a particular exception, you may work as a teacher or research assistant (with payment related to the research grant) off-campus only to serve in a hospital, library, or research facility belonging to your college or universities in Canada.
  • Off-Campus Work Permit: allows you to work outside of college or university only if you are attending an academic or professional course lasting more than 6 months (you cannot apply for it if you are studying an English course in Canada or a French course). With this permit, you can work full time during scheduled vacation periods and par time (up to 20 hours per week during class periods).
  • Co-op or Internship Work Permit: This permit allows you to do an internship or internship while studying. To get it, you must be enrolled in a professional course and/or college. Your program must necessarily include an internship or traineeship as an integral part of the qualification, and the period of work cannot exceed 50% of your degree program.

Now you know how much it costs to study at university in Canada and even how to save. Do you want to know the exact prices of our partner universities and the study courses you aspire to? Contact us now, and we will give you precise information, as well as help you for free in the registration process, give you support for the visa application, advice on accommodation and much more!