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Cost of living

This data was gathered from students living in the communities of Halifax, Dartmouth and Sydney. Living costs for students living in other communities will be similar, while housing and transportation costs might vary.

Single

Expense Type Estimated Expenses (monthly)
Rent (Room sharing) $450 - $560
Rent (Apartment) $800 - $1,800
Initial moving expenses $650 - $2,000
Tenant Insurance $10 - $80
Electricity and Water (heat included) $30 - $60
Electricity and Water (heat not included) $100 - $180
Internet $60 - $140
Phone (for each person) $35 - $100
Groceries $150 - $400
Healthcare $30 - $250
Clothing $20 - $200
Leisure spending $20 - $300
Car $150 - $400
Unexpected expenses $50 - $300
Required household income for living expenses $1,000 - $2,000

Couple

Expense Type Estimated Expenses (monthly)
Rent  $800 - $1,800
Initial moving expenses $1,000 - $3,000
Tenant Insurance $10 - $80
Electricity and Water (heat included) $30 - $60
Electricity and Water (heat not included) $100 - $180
Internet $60 - $140
Phone (for each person) $35 - $100
Groceries $400 - $600
Healthcare $30 - $250
Clothing $50 - $300
Leisure spending $20 - $300
Car $150 - $400
Unexpected expenses $50 - $300
Required household income for living expenses $2,500 - $3,500

Family

Expense Type Estimated Expenses (monthly)
Rent  $800 - $1,800
Initial moving expenses $1,000 - $5,000
Tenant Insurance $10 - $80
Electricity and Water (heat included) $30 - $60
Electricity and Water (heat not included) $100 - $180
Internet $60 - $140
Phone (for each person) $35 - $100
Groceries $500 - $1,000
Healthcare $30 - $250
Clothing $50 - $300
Leisure spending $20 - $300
Car $150 - $400
Childcare (per child) $500 - $1,000
Expenses related to children $150 - $250
Unexpected expenses $50 - $300
Required household income for living expenses $3,500 - $4,500