When you are packing up and relocating to a completely different country, it’s always important to make sure that you create a budget and stick to it. Let’s take a brief look at what you can expect when it comes to the cost of housing, food and transport.
Rental costs can really vary for housing, as that there are so many different types, as mentioned above. If you are set on living on campus, then you should be prepared to typically pay €6,500 for the entire year. If off campus, a room will generally stay in the range of €400-€600 a month.
Food is definitely something to take into account when you are creating your budget. Most students typically set aside between €100-€150 for monthly shopping expenses. However, be sure to also keep taxes in mind. Ontario adds on a high tax of 13% after you purchase a product.
One of the best things for any student budget is that public transportation for students in Kingston is absolutely free. All you have to do is flash your student card to hop aboard. This is a great saving because if you aren’t a student, buses can cost between €30 and €50 each month for a pass and a single journey costs €2.
If you find that you do need to pay for a bus, such as if you haven’t received your student card or you’ve left it at home by mistake, you must use exact coins, as that the drivers do not carry any cash.
Cycling may not be as common in Canada as it is throughout most of the cities in Europe, but it can still be an option. Think about purchasing a second-hand bike for a true environmentally friendly way to get from one place to another.