Top 5 Cheapest Student Cities in Canada

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1. Sherbrooke, Quebec

Coming first on our list of the most affordable cities in Canada for students is Sherbrooke-a city in Quebec. Situated about 160 km east of Montreal, Sherbrooke is unofficially known as Quebeck’s “student town”. Home to more than 40,000 students spread across eight institutions, Sherbrooke has the largest number of students in Quebec. This is probably down to the fact that, Sherbrooke is very affordable for students. The cost of living is pegged at 15.6% which is below the national average and it’s not uncommon to find 1 bedroom apartments for well under $800 per month.

2.Laval, Quebec

Well, students can save a lot by studying in Quebec. This is because Quebec has a good number of low tuition universities among Canadian provinces. Several cities in Quebec also have costs of living that fall under the national average. Simply put, students can maximize their savings by selecting a city that has cheaper living costs, such as Laval. Found just 30km northwest of Montreal, Laval is one of Quebec’s larger cities and has a cost of living that sits 9% below the national average.

  1. Moncton, New Brunswick

Although it is the largest city in New Brunswick, Moncton is actually one of the most low cost places to live in the province. The cost of living sits 6.3% below the national average, with a one bedroom apartment costing an average of $835 per month. Like other parts of Canada’s east coast cities, Moncton is a welcoming place for international students, as the region receives a large influx of students from other countries in recent times.

4.Abbotsford, British Columbia

Because of Vancouver’s very high living costs, British Columbia is generally thought to be an expensive province for international students. However, Canada’s Pacific province houses cities that are student-friendly in terms of budget. For example, one of the most affordable is Abbotsford, which is the largest city per land area in BC. Abbotsford’s cost of living sits 3.6% below the national average, which makes it the cheapest largest city in BC. As an international student, you will also find one of Canada’s most diverse populations when you live in Abbotsford, as the city has the third highest proportion of visible minorities in the country.

5.St. Catharines, Ontario

The last on our list is St. Catharines, Ontario, currently the largest city in Canada’s famed Niagara Region. St. Catharines has a cost of living rate which is 0.5% below the national average, with the average monthly cost of a one bedroom apartment costing $1,136. St. Catharines is popularly known as “The Garden City” because of its 1000 acres (4 km2) of gardens, parks, and trails.Most importantly, It’s also just a 20 minute drive from Niagara Falls!

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Admission intake periods

Literally all programs in Canadian colleges and universities run 3 intake periods in a year. These three intakes are winter, spring and fall. You should contact the school and find out from the school  available intake periods for your chosen course. You can do this by telephoning or sending an email to the admissions department. Bear in mind that you need to apply as early as possible, for example, if your program intake period is by January (winter), make sure you apply 6 to 8 months in advance so you will have enough time to sort out  your visa.

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Work and study

International students are permitted by Canadian laws to work while studying in Canada. You can work up to 20 hours per week during academic sessions, and full time during academic breaks (for example, winter and summer holidays, and spring break). Note that a work permit does not guarantee a job. It is your sole responsibility to actively look for work. Even if you work off campus, your studies must be the main reason you are in Canada.

Visa application

In order to gain entry into Canada, a visa is must The documents shown below are required to obtain a Visa:

  1. You should have an acceptance letter from a recognized institution in Canada
  2. Next thing you do is obtain a Canadian student visa application package  online using CIC website or walk into a local visa office or consulate in your country. In other to obtain the  visa application package, questions will be asked to determine if you are eligible for a student Visa.
  3. If you are eligible, you will be forwarded a personal check list code with a page containing a cod required for submitting your application online which is only valid for 60 days. The printed out page will also contain tuition fee amounts, a guide to applications, a list of documents to submit along with your application.
  4. Create a MyCIC account by inputting your checklist code, where you will be given your personal document checklist which allows you to upload all your documents to CIC.
  5. Once you’ve finished uploading the necessary document and paid your fees, submit your completed application to CIC
  6. Some students from some countries may be asked to do biometric tests .
  7. It is important when applying for student visa you would need a proof of funds to sustain yourself during your study.

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Now let’s examine a list of top 10 lowest tuition universities in Canada with tuition fees ranging from $2,000 to $15,000 per year.

List Of Low Tuition Universities in Canada

University Average Undergraduate Tuition/year Average Postgraduate Tuition/year
Canadian Mennonite University $9,600 $5, 600
Brandon University $8,000 $6,000
Memorial University of Newfoundland $11, 500 $5,000
Simon Fraser University $11, 500 $2, 500
University of Saskatchewan $19,000 $7, 500
University of Prince Edward Island $12,000 $8,000
University of New Brunswick $14,000 $10,000
University of Winnipeg $13,000 $12,000
Mount Royal University $15,000  

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