Vancouver ranked 6th most expensive city in the world to attend university from abroad

Jul 19 2018, 2:21 pm

When it comes to deciding where to go to university, there are a lot of factors that come into play.

Does the school offer the programs you’re interested in? What’s the yearly tuition? What will it cost you to relocate and live for a semester?

To help make the decision process easier for students looking to live abroad, furnished apartment search engine Nestpick looked at the first-semester living costs for international students relocating to university in 80 popular cities around the globe.

According to the new report, the first-semester living costs were calculated by determining the average living costs for six months in each respective city.

Additionally, the university tuition fee for one semester and each countries’ visa price was factored in as well.

For the purpose of the study, the most prominent university has been chosen for each location.

Keep in mind that all prices are in US dollars.

San Francisco topped the list, with the first semester totalling a staggering $37,428.54, followed by Dubai ($29, 701.44), and Austin ($29,654.56).

As for our fair city, Vancouver was ranked the 6th most expensive city, with the first-semester totalling $26,694.48 (USD) for an international student attending the University of British Columbia.

Here’s how it breaks down:

  • Visa Fees: $114.17
  • Rent: $318.59
  • Internet Cost: $39.60
  • Phone: $70.37
  • Food/Drink: $692.74
  • Transportation: $72.79

Total living cost first month: $1,308.25

Total living cost six months: $7,849.53

Fees for international students: $18,844.95

Total semester cost: $26,694.48

Only one other Canadian city made it onto the list, with Toronto coming in 4th place, with the first-semester totalling $28,965.24.

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“Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity for prospective students, and something that is increasingly considered an integral part of education,” comments Ömer Kücükdere, Managing Director of Nestpick.

“However, students should be aware of all the financial implications of moving to a new city in terms of living costs and potential tuition fees, as these can vary enormously between different universities and cities.”

The full results of the original study can be found here.

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