Budgeting: 5 Expenses You May Not Have Thought Of

Modified on January 11, 2017

Are you considering studying in Canada for university or college? There may be some expenses you haven’t thought of.
By Chris Kerr

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Are you considering studying in Canada for university or college? There may be some expenses you haven’t thought of.

Winter Wear
If you’re coming from a country or continent that is warmer during the winter months, be sure to budget for a new winter jacket and some sweaters!

Sales Tax
Canada has a 13% sales tax on all goods and services, which many countries may not be used to. The price you see is not always the price you pay. So be sure to budget the extra 13% when it comes to buying groceries, clothes, etc.

Canadian Cell Phone Plan (or new phone)
If you’re studying far from home, your cell phone will still work in Canada. But you may need to budget for a new plan while staying in here. This could include a new plan with one of our major or minor phone companies, or you may want to buy a new phone entirely to take advantage of your time in Canada.

Tourism
Canada has a multitude of things to do no matter where you are! If you’re studying in British Columbia, be sure to budget for weekend trips out to see the Rocky Mountains, hike trails, and explore the province. If you’re in Ontario, you may want to take advantage of the many sites like the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, or Algonquin Provincial Park. No matter where you attend school in Canada, there will be beautiful landscapes and plenty of sights to see!

Return Trips
A larger expense for some students will be returning home for any breaks or holidays to see family. Most will budget for one or two trips home, but be sure to plan these trips ahead of time.

Need a little extra help? Be sure to check out ScholarshipsCanada and apply to as many scholarships as you can! Your StudyInCanada login information is the same for ScholarshipsCanada, so you’re ready to apply!