Cost of Living

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You’ll want to find a great place to live while you enjoy life in British Columbia and train for a rewarding future. We’re here to help

We May Help You Find a Comfortable Place to Live

Focus College may support our international students in their search for accommodation during their educational stay with us. To support us in a successful search for housing, please inform us at least 6-8 weeks in advance of your travel to Canada.

Before Obtaining Housing

Focus College recommends that you wait until you receive your acceptance confirmation letter before starting your search for accommodations.

Focus College may assist our students by providing resources to help find accommodation prior to their arrival to Canada.

Housing is subject to availability and the sooner we know about your arrival the sooner we can assist you with resources so that your search to find housing is simplified.

Cost of Living in Canada

According to IRCC minimum funds needed to support yourself as a student (and family members who come with you):

Outside Quebec

Persons coming to Canada Amount of funds required per year (doesn’t include tuition) Amount of funds required per month (additional to the tuition)
You (the student) CAN$10,000 CAN$833
First family member CAN$4,000 CAN$333
Every additional accompanying family member CAN$3,000 CAN$255

Example:

If you and 2 family members want to come to a province outside Quebec for a year, you will need

  • living expenses: $10,000 (for the student)
  • living expenses: $4,000 (for the first family member)
  • living expenses: $3,000 (for the second family member)
    Total: $17,000

In Quebec

Persons coming to Canada Amount of funds required per year (additional to the tuition) Amount of funds required per month (additional to the tuition)
You (the student) CAN$11,000 CAN$917
First family member (18 years or older) CAN$5,100 CAN$425
First family member (under the age of 18) CAN$3,800 CAN$317
Every additional accompanying family member (18 years or older) CAN$5,125 CAN$427
Every additional accompanying family member (under the age of 18) CAN$1,903 CAN$159

Example

If you and 2 family members (over the age of 18) want to come to Quebec for a year, you will need

  • living expenses: $11,000 (for the student)
  • living expenses: $5,100 (for the first family member)
  • living expenses: $5,125 (for the second family member)
    Total: $21,225

If your country uses foreign-exchange controls, you must prove that you’ll be allowed to export funds for all of your expenses.

Please always check the IRCC website on https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit/get-documents.html#doc3 for the up to date information on the living expenses in Canada.

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