If you are coming to Canada as an international student or Permanent resident this blog will be very beneficial to you as it will outline 8 major expenses that will be incurred after you land in Canada during your first month.
The Ride from the airport
Whether it is to the Airbnb location, hotel, university accommodation or any other place you will need to get to the ride from the airport is usually the first major expense. Usually the students will hire an UBER ride once they leave the airport and the cost can be anywhere between $50-200 depending on the location. For example If you are trying to get to Hamilton which is 100 kilometres away from the airport you will pay around $100-150 for an UBER. If anyone is looking to save on this cost then it is recommended that you get in touch with your friends or relatives to give you a ride. There is also a free shuttle service that most of the college or university provides to its students. All the flights details like the flight number, time or arrival etc needs to be mentioned to the college and they will plan the shuttle service accordingly. You can also use the public transport but it is recommended not to use it since there will be Many people and there could be potential damage to the luggage.
Try to get a temporary accommodation for a week or more to find the eventual permanent residence. There have been incidences where students or Permanent residents have booked an accommodation from their home country only to find that it was not like the one mentioned in the pictures or as advertised. Booking an Airbnb will cost around $35-50 in total per day. This will cost you around $350 for a week. If two people are coming you can split the costs and it would be around $150-175 per person. Booking a permanent accommodation from India is not recommended due to the aforementioned reasons.
In most occasions you will have to pay your first month and last month rent during your permanent stay. Example it you are paying $400 in total then you will be paying $800 in total for the first month itself. Usually the landlords require that you sign a six month or yearly lease depending on the location and accommodation type. You can look to pay anywhere between $500-800 for a single room depending on your location in Canada. The entire apartments usually requires you to sign a yearly lease.
Usually the universities in smaller cities pays for the bus transportation costs which is included in the fees itself. This is done for the duration till you are studying and paying the university fees. If you are in a big city like Toronto it is recommended to get a bus pass or public pass known as Presto. You can look to pay around $120 every month to use this transport. The transport in a big city like Toronto or Vancouver will be in the bracket of $100-200
There are furnished as well as unfurnished accommodations all throughout Canada. You can either get new or old furniture. Facebook marketplace and Kajiji are famous places to purchase furniture from. It is however recommend to get new furniture since the old furniture might have moulds bugs or be physically damaged although not necessarily the case.To buy new furniture you can go to IKEA which is where mostly people purchase new furniture from. The bed, mattress is very integral so it’s recommended to purchase that first and then as the income increases you can purchase the sofa table etc. The bed frames and mattresses will cost you anywhere between $300-$600.
You can get the cutlery/Utensils for very cheap depending on the location. Stores such as Walmart, Costco, Save On Foods, Loblaws, Indian stores will have these items are reasonable prices. Depending on your needs you can look to spend different amounts. The amounts can be different for
different items. This will be a one time investment as the items will stay with you for the entire duration of your stay or until you need to replace them. You can look to spend $200-400.
Phone and phone bill
There will be an activation charge for a new line and this is usually $35 depending on the provider. The postpaid plans that one usually goes for costs anywhere between $40-80 depending on how much data one uses. 3-5 GB will cost you around $50 and 10-20 GB data per month will be anywhere between $80 . If you are looking to get a new iPhone it will be around $40 added to the monthly again depending on the make and model. Usually students and permanent residents look to purchase the iPhone once they arrive in Canada. In all you can look to pay $180-200 for the first month when you arrive in Canada just for the phone and a new SIM card.
First Month Groceries
Eating out most of the times is expensive and also not very healthy. You can look to spend anywhere around $200 on groceries for the first month. For the subsequent months you can look to pay around $50-100 in total. There are various Indian grocery stores spread all over Canada and there are online stores from which you can purchase grocery as well. It is recommended however to visit the stores in person and select the fruits and vegetables accordingly.
Winter gear (Shoes and Jackets etc)
The winters in Canada are considered to be quite harsh in general and depending on the time of the year you arrive there might might not be a requirement for the winter gear. It is recommended not to get the winter jackets and shoes from India since they are only meant for the Indian climate and not appropriately suited for the Canadian winters. A good winter jacket can cost anywhere around $200. Black Friday and Boxing Day are major sales events in Canada and if you happen to come during this time do make use of them. Items such as snow jackets and shoes are quite reasonably priced during these times.
Airport ride $50-200
Temporary Accommodation $350-500
Permanent Accommodation $800-1000
Bus Pass/Public transport $120-200
Phone bill $70-200
Winter Gear $300-400
The aforementioned costs will form the major portion of the first month costs. There could be more costs associated as well such as getting government ID cards and other government services costs. You could just as well get your permanent housing within a months time and have to pay for the internet initial activation. Internet costs per month can range between $60-$100 depending on the speed but you can get a good connection at a decent speed at $60, you will be paying more as the speed increases.