Accommodation options for international students in Canada
If you’re coming to Canada to study there are a few different options to consider when it comes to accommodation. One of the main things that will influence where you live is the budget you have reserved for your stay.
Prices can vary according to the type of accommodation you choose and the location you’re based in. You might also want to consider what kind of lifestyle you’re after and any other preferences that could influence your decision.
Homestays are family homes that welcome an international student to stay for the school year. They continue to be popular choices for international students coming to study in Canada. Often, several Canadian families are contracted by a school or university to host and welcome international students.
There are a lot of advantages to residing in a homestay. If you aren’t confident about your language skills then staying with a friendly Canadian family will make it easier for you to get by. You will be entitled to a furnished room, family meals, and will find it easy to participate in family activities and get involved with the community.
Usually, your school will match you with families that share similar interests and offer your preference of amenities and location. Prices can vary widely depending on location, but the average cost of homestay accommodation is between $400 - $800 CDN per month.
Schools and colleges in Canada will offer students the chance to stay in accommodation of their own near to the campus. The dormitory rooms are usually furnished, but quite often the kitchen and bathrooms are shared with other students. The rooms may also be shared, but will be separated by gender.
In some cases, there are meal plans included in the cost of the room. Staying in a dormitory is an ideal way to become involved in campus activities and meet other students.
The average cost of a dormitory room is around $3,000 - $7,500 CDN per school year.
Private renting is an option open to students, but depending on the location the rents can be quite high. This is especially true in the major cities. You can choose to share accommodation with other students in order to keep prices down. Your school or college might offer an off-campus housing service which will be able to provide you with affordable accommodation options that are nearby. They can also help you to find roommates.
There are different types of places to consider when renting. A house is usually too expensive for one person, but many students choose to share or rent suites. These are a self-contained unit with a kitchen, bathroom, and bedrooms. When looking to rent privately, you should also factor in the cost of heat, electricity, and other bills when it comes to planning your budget.
The average cost of shared accommodation in Canada is $250 - $700 CDN monthly. The average cost of a suite is $400 - $1500 CDN monthly.
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