Sample Student Annual Budget

The following budget presents indicative amounts only. It aims to guide students about the real cost of living in Québec.1 All expenses reflect those of a student at the undergraduate level. They are calculated monthly, except for tuition fees, books and parking, which are given per semester. This budget does not take into consideration any other exceptional expense the student may have to assume.

Student’s status Québec student Canadian student International student
Accommodation (monthly) Housing Residences $355 $355 $355
Accomodation $350 $350 $350
Apartment (alone) $600 $600 $600
Home insurance (optional) $20 $20 $20
Utilities (Heating and electricity)
(included in residences)
$85 $85 $85
Phone, cable and Internet
(included in residences)
$150 $150 $150
Food
(monthly)
Groceries $350 $350 $350
Restaurant $50 $50 $50
Transportation
(monthly)
Bus Pass (full-time student rate) Québec $59 $59 $59
Lévis (23 and younger) $107 $107 $107
Lévis (24 and older) $134 $134 $134
Car $200 $200 $200
Gasoline and repairs $200 $200 $200
Parking* $214 to $427
(per semester)
$214 to $427
(per semester)
$214 to $427
(per semester)
Health
(monthly)
Medication and health care $90 $90 $90
Personal care $35 $35 $35
Health and hospitalization insurance n/a n/a $78**
Other expenses (monthly) Sports and leisures $100 $100 $100
Clothing $50 $50 $50
Studies
(per semester)
Books $400 $400 $400
Tuition fees (15 credits) $1 551,69 $4 139,79 $10 531,59
Annual total (registration for two semesters)*** Min. $17 811,38
Max.
$27 917,38
Min. $22 987,58
Max. $33 093,58
Min. $36 707,18
Max. $46 813,18

*Prices depend on the parking area chosen.

**The total amount ($936 = 12 X 78$) is added to the tuition fees for the fall semester. It is therefore payable in one single installment.

***The minimum annual total reflects the budget of a student living in the residences and using public transportation. The maximum annual total represents one of a student living alone off-campus and owning a car.

1 Expenses are mainly based on data from IRIS (Institut de recherche et d’informations socioéconomiques), which presents the cost of a sustainable consumption basket for a person living alone in Québec (April 2018).

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