Vancouver Cost of Living

Once you have been accepted to an academic program at FDU-Vancouver, you should begin to plan for your travel to Vancouver and for your stay there while you pursue your degree.

Begin by applying for your Study Permit as soon as possible. In some cases, the processing time can take up to six months.

You will also need to arrange health insurance and accommodation.

Estimated Living Costs

The cost of rent in the Lower Mainland can start at around C$1800 per month.

Transportation Costs

You can purchase monthly passes which range from C$104.90 to C$184.45 per month (depending on where you live).

Entertainment Costs

Estimate C$250 per month.

Food Costs

Estimate C$300 to C$350 per month.

Medical Costs

As of January 1, 2020, all study permit holders are required to pay a health fee of $75 per month directly to the BC government. For international students who are bringing families when they come to Canada, only family members with valid study permits will be charged the health fee. If a family member has a work permit or stay in Canada as a visitor, they will not be charged the health fee, but if a family member has a study permit, they will be charged the fee. The fees are subject to change. Check the MSP website for the most up-to-date information. Bridge insurance through Guard Me is $2.10 USD per day for the first three months as new resident in Canada until your MSP coverage starts in your fourth month in Canada.