Living in Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver is a coastal city in western Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. Vancouver is named as one of the top five worldwide cities for quality of life and the Economist Intelligence Unit acknowledged it as the first city ranked among the top-ten of the world’s most well-living cities for five years.
Cost of living in Vancouver
While Canada is among the most expensive countries in the world, if you were to compare the day-to-day living costs to cities like London and New York, Canada would come out on top.
The average rental price in Vancouver is around $1,450 per month for a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre. As is always the case, if you share an apartment it will be a lot cheaper – a three-bedroom apartment cost just over $1,000 per month per person for somewhere in the city centre, and between $600-700 in the suburbs
A litre of milk is around $2 and a loaf of fresh bread costs about $3. Fruit is reasonably priced, but meat and dairy – specially cheese – are more expensive than average in Vancouver.
Transportation in Vancouver is currently based on a three-zone system, with one-way fees ranging from $2.75 to $5.50. You can travel for 90 minutes on the same fare, and fees are the same regardless of what method of transport you take if it’s bus, SkyTrain or SeaBus (don’t forget that West Coast Express trains are priced differently).
Off-peak fares occur on weekends and after 6:30pm on weekdays, where fees for travelling between all zones are capped at $2.75. You save money and time by buying a monthly or weekly travel card, which differs in price depending on whether you qualify for concession fares (e.g. children/students/seniors) and your living location.
If you’re coming from outside of the US (Europe in particular) you’ll find the price of gasoline cheaper at only $1.30 – $1.50 per litre.
For clothes, jeans are relatively cheap around $65 – the prices for other branded clothing, meanwhile, is pretty average for a large Occidental city, with a pair of Nikes averaging at around $108 and a summer dress in a chain store goes for around $45.
Basic medical care for people who are living in Vancouver is covered by the Medical Services Plan of British Columbia (MSP). The MSP is financed by taxes and transfers from the federal government. In addition, based on family size and income there are monthly premiums that must be paid by every insured person. For example, If you make a net salary of 30,000 CAD or more, then an amount of 35 CAD for one person to 150 CAD for a family of three is required to be payed.
Studying in Vancouver
Cost of studying in Vancouver depends on your situation as a student. International students must pay a price between 12000-20000 CAD based on the major you are studying annually while Canadian students must pay 3000 to 5000 CAD for a year.
|Water, heating, cooling,|
|42.5-170C$ per month depending on usage (faucet/shower use, washing machine, etc.)|
|Cellphone(1 minute of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local and without discount)||0.25-0.50 C$ (varies by plan)|
|Internet||50-90C$ per month for basic service|