Are you an international student or a Canadian citizen planning on relocating to Winnipeg for your studies? If yes, the tuition fee is not the only thing you should account for. It pays to learn a few things about the cost of living for students in Winnipeg. Here are the main costs you should be familiar with.
Accommodation is without a doubt the first thing you have to think about once you have found a university or college to study in, far from home. You cannot spend the whole semester in a hotel or in an Airbnb. To cut costs and enjoy more freedom, you have to either opt for on-campus or off-campus accommodation. Both options have their share of pros and cons.
It is not recommended to work while attending school. You need to focus on your education and participating in all student life events. That is why an on-campus accommodation or a student housing community like the one offered by ARC Winnipeg makes the most sense. These options are even cheaper than renting a house off campus. For instance, The Arc lease starts at $700/month.
On campus accommodation with meals included will cost you about $7,723 to $9,872 per term whereas off campus will cost you between $8,157 and $14,022 per term. When on a tight budget, on campus and the student housing community makes more sense in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg has a comprehensive public transport system in place. You can purchase a monthly pass for $80 to $110. You will also be happy to know that most transit providers offer discounts for students. A bus ticket goes for $2,35. If you prefer to drive, the cost of gas per liter is around $1,11. Car insurance costs about $190.
Cycling is a great option when studying in Winnipeg. The city has a great bike path network which covers virtually every part of the city. The land is mostly flat so you don’t have to struggle to get around the city on a bike.
You can expect to pay between $10 and $15 for an average meal in a restaurant. You will be able to save a lot more if you choose to cook your own meal. On average, you can expect to spend between $1,500 and $3,000 per year on food. How much you spend will depend on your preference of cuisine as well as your eating habits.
The cost of common food items is as follows:
- Milk $2.40
- Bread $2.15
- X12 eggs $1.76
- Chicken $7
- Coffee $3.28
- Bottled water $1.76
Low food prices make Winnipeg the most attractive city for students. The cost of every food item in the market is about $1 or $2 cheaper than in the rest of Canada.
The electricity, water, and garbage prices in Winnipeg are cheaper than those in other cities. This is another thing that makes the city affordable for students. Depending on your living habits, you only need $120 per month. Internet access is, however, the most expensive service here due to poor competition.
There are many reasons why you should study in Canada. The low cost of living, however, makes Winnipeg the best option for both local and international students.