Budgeting

Due to settling-in costs such as paying an extra month’s rent as a security deposit and purchasing warm clothing, textbooks and supplies, furniture and household items, a single student may spend up to $2000 during their first month in Canada.

Cost of Living Estimates

Your tuition and fees will depend on your program. Visit the following websites for estimates on tuition, fees, housing, and books:

Scholarships

The University of Alberta offers many scholarships for international students.

Verification of Costs & Fees Letter

A Verification of Costs & Fees Letter includes a breakdown of the estimated expenses an international student can expect while living and studying in Edmonton for 12 months (starting September).

The most common reason for requesting this letter has been when there are certain restrictions on the transfer of funds from a certain country or bank. The letter may help facilitate the transfer of funds needed from the student's home country to pay for the student's living and study expenses in Canada.

There may be other situations where this letter is needed. Talk to one of the International Student Advisors in person at the International Services Centre or email advising@ualberta.ca if you are unsure about whether your situation requires a Verification of Costs and Fees letter.

If you require this letter, you need to: 

  1. Complete this online request form
  2. Upload a copy of ONE of the following documents to this form before submission: 
    • Your admission letter (if you are a newly admitted student). OR
    • Your fee assessment (if you are currently a student at UAlberta)

Bringing Family...Budget Considerations

Your decision to bring your family with you when you come to Canada will depend on your financial situation and the ease of obtaining immigration documents for your family members. This table can help you estimate you annual costs to bring your family to Canada.

Annual Cost of Bringing Family/Dependants to Canada
   First Dependant Additional Dependants (Each) 
Cost  $4,000 ($CAD)  $3,000 ($CAD)

This does not include childcare expenses, which average between $600 and $900 per child, per month. Given this, you may wish to arrange for your family to come at a later date, after you have familiarized yourself with life in Canada and are satisfied that enough money is available to support them.

Some students with sufficient financial resources may prefer to apply for immigration documents for family members at the same time as they apply for their Study Permit. If your family members are denied visas, this may affect your decision to study in Canada.