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Cost of living

Data was gathered from 52 International Student Ambassadors living in several communities across Nova Scotia.

Expense Type Estimated Expenses (monthly)
Rent for a single or shared room $500 - $1,000
Rent for a 1 – bedroom apartment or basement $1000 - $1500 
Rent for a 2 – bedroom apartment $1000 - $2000
Rent for a multiple bedroom apartment or house $1500 - $2500
Tenant insurance  $20 - $40
Internet (when not included in the rent)  $40 - $80  
Phone  $30 - $90
Power/electricity (when not included in the rent) $40 - $100 
Water (when not included in the rent)  $100 - $150  
Groceries for a single person or couple  $300 - $600
Groceries for a family $600 - $1200
Car maintenance (gas – insurance) $400 - $600 
Child – related expenses (extra-curricular, clothing, childcare)  $200 - $1000 
Leisure spending and personal expenses  About $200
Initial moving expenses: quarantine, furnishing room/apartment  Up to $2500

Estimated monthly cost for living a comfortable life in Nova Scotia

Type of individual or group Cost per month
Person sharing an accommodation $1000 - $1500 
Person living on their own  $1500 - $2000
Sharing accommodation as a couple $2000 - $2500 
Couple with child/children More than $2500

Working while studying

According to IRCC, International students may work 20 hours per week off campus or full-time during regular breaks.  

Student jobs are often paid minimum wage, which is $15.00 per hour before taxes (in Nova Scotia).  

For example, a student working 20 hours a week earning minimum wages should expect to make about $1200 per month, before taxes.  

Please be mindful that it might take time to find the right part time job for you. It’s a good idea to make sure that you have enough funding to cover for your initial expenses. 

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