Cost of Living in Ottawa, Canada

Considered as the third cleanest city in the world, the capital city of Canada, Ottawa, is a multicultural city with a diverse population – 64% of people with mother-tongue English, 15% French, and 21% other languages. Ottawa is located on the eastern edge of Ontario. It was ranked as the best community in Canada by MoneySense in 2017. It is home to the two largest universities dominating the city centre: the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. 

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Ottawa is considered as one of the most affordable cities in Canada, from accommodation and commuting to other leisure activities. The rented apartments in Ottawa include all other household utilities like electricity, water, internet, etc. Mostly there are 2 or more people staying in an apartment and sharing the expenses, which helps you stay within your budget. 

And I know that moving to another country and planning out your expenditures can be really stressful. This article puts together the costs that a Student can incur while in Canada so that you can plan way ahead and be A-OK.

1. Rent of the apartments ranges from CAD $700-1400 per month or higher, depending on the location.

  • One bhk apartments range from CAD $1050 to CAD $780 a month
  • Two bhk apartments range from CAD $1050 to CAD $1380 a month
  • Townhouses with 3 to 5 bedrooms cost anything from CAD $1050 to CAD $1500
  • Homestays can cost around CAD $400 to CAD $800 per month – This includes 2 – 3 meals per day and access to the internet, kitchen, television, and laundry

2. Neighborhoods of Ottawa are easily accessible, due to the availability of an efficient bus system operated by OC Transpo.

3. Standard bus fare is CAD $3.50, and an adult or a student can get a monthly ticket ranging from CAD $43.25 to CAD $116.50 per month.

4. A three-course meal costs around CAD $70.

You may compare the cost of living in Ottawa, Canada with any other countries and get accurate information from:

According to the 2019 Numbeo cost of living survey, overall, Canada is ranked in the 26th position, considered as having a cheaper cost of living as compared to the UK. This survey measured the cost of living in all developed nations, considering things like groceries, restaurants, transport, accommodation – rent or mortgage.

In general, the average annual tuition for an international student’s Canadian undergraduate degree in 2014 was $16,746 USD which was significantly lesser than that in the United States ($24,914 USD), Australia ($24,081 USD) or the United Kingdom ($21,365 USD). And the average cost of living for international students in Canada around the year was $13,021 USD. Therefore, if you combine the average annual cost of living and average annual tuition fees, Canada turns out to be a more affordable option.


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