MAY 24, 2013
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Vancouver Living Costs
It's possible to live comfortably in Vancouver for CAD$1000 per month. At CAD$700 per month, a VEC homestay would cover most of your basic expenses. Of course, it's also possible to spend much more. The information below will give you an idea of what you can expect.
Transportation Costs in Vancouver
Vancouver has a good public transit system. Most students use public transit.
It is usually cheapest and easiest to buy a monthly pass. This pass will allow you to ride on all forms of transit, including buses, the SkyTrain, and the SeaBus.
There are three transit zones. If you live in Zone 1, the monthly cost is CAD$81. Most students, however, live in Zone 2, which is CAD$110 per month.
Entertainment Costs in Vancouver
It typically costs up to CAD$20 for a ticket and snack at a movie theater. Major sports events and concerts can cost CAD$15 to CAD$60. There are a lot of fun free activities in Vancouver though, so you can probably have a good time for under CAD$200 per month. See our Vancouver activities pages for more detailed information.
Food Costs in Vancouver
All meals are included with VEC homestays. If you will be living in an apartment, you should plan to spend CAD$250 to CAD$300 per month for food.
Medical Costs in Vancouver
You will not have any expenses for emergency medical care, as long as you have good insurance. At CAD$60 per month, VEC medical insurance covers all normal costs, including prescription drugs and ambulances.
Medical costs for uninsured visitors to Canada can be very expensive though. Consequently, it is important to have good medical insurance.
Apartment Rental Costs in Vancouver
Average monthly apartment rents in Vancouver are as follows:
Special Fees for Students from EuropeWe offer inexpensive packages for students from Europe (includes: Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey). Learn more about our European Packages here.
Lower Rates for Long-term Students
If you pay for 12 weeks or more of tuition, you will receive a reduced tuition rate. If you later extend your program for any length of time, you will be entitled to pay your tuition at the current reduced 12-week, 24-week, or 33-week rate. This also applies if you leave the school and return.
Reduced Tuition for Permanent Residents of BCPermanent residents who have continually lived in BC for the previous 60 days or Canadian citizens who have continually lived in BC or their home countries abroad (outside of Canada) for the previous 60 days are entitled to a 75% Tuition Fee reduction. Proof of permanent residency in BC (BC Driver's License or BC ID) is required. This discount applies only to the Regular English Programs. It does not apply to the Ski/Snowboard + English Program, the Vacation Study Program, the Summer Youth Program or the Business Internship Programs.
This offer cannot be combined with any other special offers.
Use our Online Fee Calculator to estimate how much your courses will cost.
Free Online Currency ConverterFees are quoted in Canadian dollars. The Canadian dollar is quite low, in relation to many other currencies. A Canadian dollar is worth approximately 98 US cents. Consequently, Canada is an inexpensive place to study.
Compare the Canadian dollar to other currencies with our free online currency converter
Methods of PaymentThere are several easy ways to send your fees. See our Methods of Payment page for instructions.
Payment NotificationPlease be sure to inform us when you have paid your fees.
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The easiest way to apply for admission is with our online application form.
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