Affordable Universities for Master’s Degree in Canada- Tuition Fee, Cost of Living, City Cost Comparison

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    Canada is amongst the most famous student destinations. It offers best-in-class education along with the inexpensive cost of living. Candidates who wish to earn a master’s degree and are looking out for an economical solution can consider studying in Canadian Universities

    While searching for a low-cost university for a master’s degree in Canada, there are few other factors apart from tuition fee which must be considered.

    • Cost of Living: Besides tuition fee, cost of living is the next major reason behind the expenses which is unavoidable. It may include factors like accommodation, meal and extras.
    • Scholarships: Scholarship is a cost-cutting factor. It is either paid in monetary terms or through various other ways like waiving of the tuition fees.
    • Work while you Study: This program lets the students earn money along with studies. They are paid on an hourly basis and have a flexible schedule for not missing their studies. The job could be on-campus or off-campus.

    Top Canadian Universities with Low Tuition Fee

    Scholarship (external or internal) provides an idea about how much financial help the students can avail, if they get lucky with the scholarships. To determine the average expenditure a student may need to bear, average tuition fee, accommodation fees and meals costs.

    The table shows Tuition Fee, Residence fee and Scholarships for international students in 10 well-known, low cost universities of Canada: -

    1. Memorial University of Newfoundland
    Average Tuition Fee CAD 4,000
    Average Residence Fee CAD 5,000 to CAD 8,000 (annually)
    Scholarships A.G. Hatcher Memorial Scholarship
    AAC Student Scholarship (Aquaculture Association of Canada)
    ACUNS Awards Program - Canadian Northern Studies Trust Awards Program
    Affinity NL (Ottawa) Scholarship
    Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) Scholarship Program
    1. Brandon University
    Average Tuition Fee CAD 8,591
    Average Residence Fee CAD 7,426 - CAD 9,644
    Scholarship Value Board of Governors (BoG) Entrance Scholarships – up to CAD 2,000
    IB (International Baccalaureate) Scholarships – up to CAD 2,800
    AP (Advanced Placement) Scholarships – up to CAD 250
    Automatic-Consideration & Applied-For Entrance Scholarships – up to CAD 2,000 same as BoG
    1. University of Saskatchewan
    Average Tuition Fee CAD 6,536
    Average Residence Fee CAD 470 – CAD 7,976
    Scholarships CFUW - Canadian Home Economics Association (CHEA) Fellowship – CAD 6,000
    CFUW - Ruth Binnie Fellowship – CAD 6,000
    CFUW Memorial Fellowship – CAD 8,000
    Elizabeth Helen McLeod Scholarship – CAD 2,000
    Garry H. Beatty Scholarship – CAD 1,000
    1. University of British Columbia
    Average Tuition Fee CAD 7,641
    Average Residence Fee CAD 5,318 – CAD 11,254
    Scholarships International Tuition Award – up to CAD 3,200
    1. University of Alberta
    Average Tuition Fee CAD 10,260
    Average Residence Fee CAD 7,056 – CAD 8,771
    Scholarships Mackenzie King Open Scholarship – CAD 8,500
    Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship – CAD 26,500
    Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship – CAD 10,800
    1. University of Manitoba
    Average Tuition Fee CAD 10,280
    Average Residence Fee CAD 1,813 – CAD 7,540
    Scholarships J.W. Dafoe Graduate Fellowship – CAD 10,000
    University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship – CAD 14,000
    International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship – CAD 5,400
    Manitoba Graduate Scholarship – CAD 15,000
    1. University of Guelph
    Average Tuition Fee CAD 10,544
    Average Residence Fee CAD 5,574 – CAD 7,630
    Scholarships Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master's (CGSM) Program – CAD 17,500
    Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program – CAD 15,000
    Ontario Graduate Fellowships (OGF) Program – CAD 3,000 per semester
    1. McGill University
    Average Tuition Fee CAD 12,600
    Average Residence Fee CAD 6,215 – CAD 12,496
    Scholarships Stravros S. Niarchos Foundation Scholarships for Excellence in Graduate Education (Master’s) – CAD 34,000
    Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship – CAD 50,000
    The Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship – CAD 10,500
    Pierre Arbour Foundation – Scholarship for Master and Doctoral level study in Computer Science and Engineering – CAD 10,000
    1. University of Calgary
    Average Tuition Fee CAD 12,695
    Average Residence Fee CAD 800 – CAD 11,440
    Scholarships Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarships – CAD 26,500
    Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) – CAD 50,000
    Graduate Award Competition – CAD 36,000
    1. University of Moncton
    Average Tuition Fee CAD 12,030
    Average Residence Fee (Interns) CAD 23.57 – CAD 15.60 (Per Day)
    Scholarships Graduate Scholarships - Assumption Life (Moncton Campus) – CAD 7,500
    Student Leadership Awards (2018-2019) (Moncton Campus) – CAD 1,000
    Masters of Public Administration Recruitment Scholarships (Moncton Campus) – CAD 7,000

    Cost of Living in Canada

    Living cost in Canada is little above the average cost but a high quality of living is guaranteed. On average, the minimum amount required for basic living in Quebec, Montreal and Ottawa falls between CAD 1,200 to CAD 1,800 on monthly basis. The most expensive cities in Canada: -

    • Vancouver, British Columbia
    • Toronto, Ontario
    • Hamilton-Burlington, Ontario
    • Victoria, British Columbia
    • Calgary, Alberta

    The most affordable cities in Canada: -

    • Sherbrooke, Quebec
    • Windsor, Ontario
    • Edmonton, Alberta
    • Regina, Saskatchewan
    • Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Location-based Expenditure in Canada

    Every place has its own cost of living which might be cheap or expensive in comparison with any reference place.

    Expenditure amongst Canada cities

    A way to compare the cost of living in different cities, is to compare the price of a standard amenity in those cities. Here, a 3- bedroom apartment is compared amongst different cities of Canada. In the table, you can find the average cost of an apartment in six different cities.

    City Apartment Cost
    Toronto CAD 1,900
    Vancouver CAD 1,950
    Ottawa CAD 1,300
    Montreal CAD 1,050
    Edmonton CAD 1,500
    Calgary CAD 1,600

    For universities, the on-campus accommodation is generally cheaper than off-campus accommodation due to fixed charges and facilities of on-campus accommodation. Off-campus accommodation has variable expenditure which may affect the budget.

    Expenditure of a Canadian City in Comparison to International Cities

    As per the table, selective cities famous for the world known universities are compared to each other.

    Comparing basic cost of living 1 bedroom flat in city centre (monthly rent) Meal for 2 (mid-range restaurant, three courses) Transportation (monthly pass)
    Toronto, Canada CAD 1,632 CAD 70 CAD 143
    London, UK CAD 2,781 CAD 91 CAD 218
    New York City, USA CAD 3,809 CAD 94 CAD 151
    Berlin, Germany CAD 1,094 CAD 58 CAD 118
    Sydney, Australia  CAD 2,622  CAD 79  CAD 159

    The Comparison between the cities on various parameters provides the knowledge about average expenses on monthly basis (except meals).

    Toronto stands second after Germany. It is amongst the most expensive cities in Canada. The table shows that Canadian cities for students are quite less expensive than other international student cities.

    Canada being a less expensive country is suitable for best education in limited budget.

    The cost of education must always be accompanied by cost of living if you are considering overall cost of an institution along with the stay.