Choosing which university to attend is a major life decision. Not that recently graduated high school students need more pressure, but the choice over which school you'll join will have a major impact on the rest of your life! From the education you'll receive to the friends you'll meet and experiences you'll have, those four years (or more) of life are vitally important to your career and personal development.
Beyond the personal and academic realm, your choice will have financial implications as well. Aside from tuition and student loans, the city and neighbourhood of the school will affect your level of student debt, so it's wise to prepare and do your research. RentSeeker.ca, one of Canada's largest apartment finders which has a dedicated Student Housing search providing students with the ability to search for student rental housing by university proximity -- has compiled a list showing what it will cost you to live near these 10 popular universities.
University of Toronto
University of Toronto is one of the largest and most respected Universities in Canada. With nearly 100 departments, the focus of study that occurs throughout the various buildings situated around Queens Park is extremely varied. There are tons of housing opportunities near UofT, though most are located in the downtown core of Toronto, meaning there are lots of options to choose from, especially if you have a few friends to live with.
Studio Apartments = $900- $1000
1 Bedroom Apartments = $1000 - $1500
2 Bedroom Apartments = $1500- $2500
3 Bedroom Apartments = $2500+
Canada's third largest university has eleven faculties and numerous research centres. Home to the only Space engineering program in Canada and one of the top law programs in the country, York University is a multi disciplinary university that caters to a wide field of study. The main Keele campus feels like a mini city situated in the North end of Toronto, far removed from the downtown core. Surrounded by residential neighbourhoods, it covers over 450 hectares; making it the largest post-secondary campus in Canada. There are many housing opportunities near York University and flexible options, making rent very affordable, as long as you don't live near the Glendon campus. Overall, you can get much more space for your money than Ryerson or U of T.
Studio Apartments = $850 - $1200
1 Bedroom Apartments = $1200 - $1300
2 Bedroom Apartments = $1300 - $1500
3 Bedroom Apartments = $1500+
Ryerson University may not be the biggest school in Ontario, but it is arguably located in the busiest intersection of Canada. The main campus includes multiple buildings surrounding Yonge-Dundas Square, and as you can imagine, rent isn't cheap. There is a huge overlap in price ranges, as living in downtown Toronto offers a wide number of living arrangements from brand new condos to 100 year old townhomes, so many options to choose from when looking for apartments near Ryerson University.
Studio Apartments = $1150 - $1200
1 Bedroom Apartments = $1200 - $1800
2 Bedroom Apartments = $1300 - $2500
3 Bedroom Apartments = $2500+
In the nation's capital, over 25 000 students call Carleton University home. Between the Rideau Canal and river, the main campus is close to residential and professional neigbourhoods. There are numerous rental options near Carleton University, and the rental housing market near Carleton is strong here with the high number of jobs that require short term government contracts.
Studio Apartments = $750 - $900
1 Bedroom Apartments = $850 - $1300
2 Bedroom Apartments = $975 - $1500
3 Bedroom Apartments = $1500+
Beside Hamilton's Royal Botanical Gardens is McMaster University, a heavily research focused university with six academic faculties and 25 000 students. The main campus neighbours two residential suburbs, Ainslie Wood and Westdale, providing students with a number of houses and apartments for rent near McMaster University, which can mean very affordable monthly fees for students who live together, but not a lot of studio apartment availability.
1 Bedroom Apartments = $775 - $1000
2 Bedroom Apartments = $900 - $1565
3 Bedroom Apartments = $1250+
University of Waterloo
Waterloo is known for their high tech programs and offers the largest post secondary co-op program in the world! Globally recognized as a leader of innovation, the University of Waterloo boosts an impressive employment rate for its students, particularly in the technology and science sectors. Situated near residential areas, there are many houses and apartments available for rent near the University of Waterloo, making it very affordable for students who can find roommates.
Studio Apartments = $700 - $1000
1 Bedroom Apartments = $725 - $1150
2 Bedroom Apartments = $950 - $1565
3 Bedroom Apartments = $1250+
McGill University is one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Home to over 300 individual faculties, getting into this school isn't easy as it requires the highest average grade of any Canadian University in terms of admission requirements. For those students who do get in, getting to study in downtown Montreal is a huge benefit as the city is full of culture and nightlife. However, rent doesn't come cheap, but there are plenty of housing options near McGill, especially for those who want roommates, making living costs much more affordable.
Studio Apartments = $1000 - $1300
1 Bedroom Apartments = $1150 - $1300
2 Bedroom Apartments = $1500 - $2000
3 Bedroom Apartments = $2400+
The University of Western Ontario
Western University is one of the oldest universities in Canada. The Richard Ivey Business School was ranked #1 in the World for Global MBA programs by Bloomberg Business, but that doesn't mean the school is all business, as Western often ranks very high on 'most fun universities to attend' lists. Located in London, Ontario, there are lots of affordable rental options near Western University, making it a very popular school choice.
Studio Apartments = $700 - $1000
1 Bedroom Apartments = $750 - $1050
2 Bedroom Apartments = $1000 - $1300
3 Bedroom Apartments = $1300+
Housing will constitute a major portion of your expenses and looking for ways to mitigate costs is always a wise choice.
University of British Columbia
Whether you study at the Vancouver or Okanagan Valley locations, UBC has arguably the most beautiful campuses in Canada. Home to nearly 60 000 students, this school is involved in a massive number of research projects and annually receives praise for it's academic achievements. Due to the location of the campuses, rent is extremely expensive as housing costs in Vancouver are one of the highest in North America, and finding apartments for rent in Vancouver or multi-room accommodations can be very difficult.
1 Bedroom Apartments = $1500 +
2 Bedroom Apartments = $1800 +
University of King's College
Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, University of Kings College was the first University established in English Canada, dating all the way back to 1789. This liberal arts university is rather small, but is known for its Foundation Year Program that is very popular amongst students who want to become writers. The Halifax housing market offers a real mix of old and new, meaning students can find great deals on apartments near King's University if they happen to get lucky or know the right person!
Bachelor Apartments = $990 -$1000
1 Bedroom Apartments = $650 - $1195
2 Bedroom Apartments = $700 - $1740
3 Bedroom Apartments = $1350 +
If you are worried that your school of choice is out of your price range, there are ways to cut down on expenditures. Housing will constitute a major portion of your expenses and looking for ways to mitigate costs is always a wise choice. Living with roommates is a great way to do this -- for example, by renting a three bedroom apartment and dividing the cost among three students, there's a good chance you'll save quite a bit of money -- which you can in-turn invest for your future with the great information you learn in economics class!
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With activities ranging from riding elephants to aiding orphans, these gap-yearers are 'enlightened' beings and won't let you forget it. They've travelled the world prior to university, witnessing things "you couldn't even imagine" and are constantly wanderlust and saving for their next adventure. Can be found: In the kitchen or hallways, usually wearing haram pants and recounting their incredible travel experiences. Can be heard: "This time on my gap yah.."
To the gym and back before you have even surfaced from under the covers, these fitness-lovers are often seen jogging around campus or working out in the gym. Muscles bulging out of their t-shirts and protein shake in hand, they're not hard to miss. Undeterred by the lack of gym equipment in the lecture theatre, they sit there comfortably wearing their sports kit or team stash just so you don't accidentally mistake them for someone else. Can be found: In the gym Can be heard: "Bro, do you even lift?"
Daddy's money spilling out of designer handbag, these students have an issue understanding why on earth you'd need a student loan. As you're struggling to provide tomorrow's meal, they've been on a shopping spree with the bonus money daddy's given them for surviving a week at university. Such types are frequently accompanied by a shrill voice, immaculate hair and ignorance of the real world. Can be found: In the most expensive shop or cafe in town with like-minded individuals Can be heard: "Daddy got me this whilst he was on a business trip in Dubai..."
This student went a little mad on Fresher's Week and joined just about every society. They are always seen with phone in hand or diary out, running around to stay on top of their busy schedule of various committee meetings and sporting endeavors. Can be found: In the hub of the university, phone in hand, often talking to a large group of people. Can be heard: "Ah sorry I'm not free then... I can meet you Monday morning at 7am?"
This is the student who never says no to a night out. They are nocturnal, sleeping late in the day and then partying all night. Prone to drinking, don't be surprised if you come into your kitchen to find them passed out on the floor, half eaten cheesy chips by their side. Can be found: In any club, on any night Can be heard: "WHO WANTS ANOTHER DRINKKKK?!?!?!"
This student is certainly not afraid to voice their opinion. Seen around all parts of campus, holding petitions for people to sign and staging protests, they don't hold back from doing what they believe is right. Likely to defend their opinion at all costs, they have their mind set on taking a stand and all fighting the evils of the world. Can be found: Participating in a sit-in in the campus supermarket in protest against the rising prices. Can be heard: "WE ARE THE CHANGE"
This student is rarely seen- perhaps only an awkward encounter in the kitchen every month, or when the fire alarm goes off... Watching Netflix, sleeping, studying... what they do is a mystery to most so don't be offended when they reject another one of your invitations to a social event or don't answer their door when you knock. Can be found: In their room Can be heard: They never really talk...
This is the student who always depended on mum and dad and never really had to do anything for themselves...until university. Unable to cook, work a washing machine, and manage their own expenses, they don't find the first term of university a straightforward experience. Can be found: In the kitchen or launderette looking extremely confused Can be heard: **Whilst on skype to their mum** "Ah ok, so if I turn it that way the oven goes on?"
This student is intent on leaving university with nothing less than a 1st. Books in hand, they are library locals and will put you to shame with their sharp focus and academic dedication. They will always do the readings, and would rather attend a compulsory guest lecture for the evening than sit in their room watching Netflix. They've read masses around the subject, and are good to go to if you have a question as they will undoubtably have the answer. Can be found: In the library Can be heard: "Yes I did get a 1st, but only a low one."
This student takes the laid back approach to university. They have never entered a library in their life and hand work in minutes before the deadline. Dedicating little time to their degree, they swan around the university, going for coffees with friends, playing sport and generally just having a good time. Frustratingly, they often still seem to bag a quite comfortable 2:1 come graduation, despite spending the majority of their university career with their feet up. Can be found: Pretty much anywhere except the library or lecture theatre. Can be heard: "Oh that's due in tomorrow? Guess I better get started at some point."
And finally, the student who is in a long, committed, perfect relationship and won't let you forget it. Joined at the hip, they walk around university holding hands and being as PDA as possible-just in case anyone is missing the fact that they're deeply in love. Your Facebook wall is plagued with smiling couple selfies and pictures of gifts they have brought for one another to celebrate their various anniversaries. Can be found: Together Can be heard: "My boyfriend and I..."
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