Study in Vancouver

Living and studying in Vancouver is a unique experience and has something to offer for everyone, no matter what you are interested in studying or doing.


We love living in Vancouver and living in Vancouver as an international student is simple. And we want to share some of the reasons you should choose to study in Vancouver.


The 5 benefits of living and studying in Vancouver

  1. Cost of living in Vancouver
  2. Climate in Vancouver
  3. Public transportation and safety
  4. Things to do in Vancouver
  5. Food habits
  6. Finding a job in Vancouver

Cost of Living in Vancouver


Vancouver has been voted one of the most livable cities in the world. It is one of the best cities to live and work in Canada (and we think even the world 😉)


It is also well known that Vancouver can be an expensive city to live in, but this is not always the case.


Many activities are free, and there are great deals everywhere you go, which makes living and working in Vancouver an ideal balance of work and play.


So, how much does daily life cost in Vancouver?

Monthly Cost of living in Vancouver, Canada
Rent for a room 600CAD-900CAD
Transit 95CAD-174CAD
Health Insurance (Medical Service Plan) 75CAD
Outdoor Activities 150CAD-200CAD
Kitchen Expenses 200CAD-300CAD



Living Downtown in a 1-bedroom apartment may cost up to 1800CAD. However, most people rent a room, share with friends and so they can share the cost of bills!


It is common for young professionals and students to rent a room in a nearby suburb or city (such as Burnaby or Surrey). Rent can cost between 600CAD – 900CAD per month for a room with bills and wi-fi included.


A rental contract will start on 1st or 15th of the month – be sure to check!




You should buy a Compass Card as soon as you arrive to YVR Airport. Vancouver’s public transport is safe, clean and easy to navigate.


It is best to buy a monthly pass, which will cost between 95CAD (zone 1) – 174CAD (zone 3).


You can also buy a day pass or just pay a single fare, which is valid for a 90-minute journey on the SkyTrain, bus or SeaBus!


Here is the full information about costs and zones.


BC Medical Services Plan (BC MSP)


Canadian Healthcare is great! It’s safe and accessible.


If you live and work in Vancouver for 6 months or more, then you must apply for BC MSP.


It is easy to apply and you pay every month for access to hospitals, emergency services, doctor appointments and more.


It costs 75CAD per month for international students in Vancouver. You should pay for the first 3 months when you apply.


For how to apply for BC MSP, check out this blog post


Dinner with friends


For a dinner with friends, you will pay between 6 – 20CAD. It depends what you are looking for!


For advice about the best places to visit for cheap deals, speak with your new classmates, co-workers and even your teachers.


TOP TIP: Happy Hour is between 3 – 6pm!

Climate in Vancouver


Okay, we won’t lie. It rains here in Vancouver, a lot.  

taken by Ethan Ror - vancouver


The city of Vancouver has been re-named ‘Raincouver’ by local people. But the rain becomes part of the charm and personality of the city. It is what makes the city’s natural beauty stand out even more!


vancouver after rain


During the summer, the temperature can reach 35°C. A perfect opportunity to spend the day at one of Vancouver’s beautiful beaches, or hiking in the great outdoors!


That is absolutely one of the best things about living in Vancouver, Canada.


taken by Ethan Ror - vancouver


vancouver sunny days


But even in the coldest months, the temperature does not usually drop below freezing level. Many Canadians even choose to live in BC because it is the warmest part of Canada!

snowy days in vancouvertaken by Ethan Ror - vancouver

gastown vancouver snow


We recommend embracing the climate and getting involved in some skiing or snowboarding at the nearby mountains, where you will experience fresh white snow and excellent views of the city of Vancouver.


Public Transportation and Safety


When you decide to come to Vancouver, you will discover that it is one of the safest places in the world to travel, live and work. It has a low crime rate over all and it is especially good for those who move to Canada alone.


If you study and living in Vancouver then you will quickly realize that the public transport system is convenient, safe and generally very reliable.


You can buy a Compass Card at the Skytrain stations and head out on your adventures around Metro Vancouver by Skytrain or Bus! Find out more here


There are also great connections to Vancouver Island and even to Seattle.

You can check out the best routes to these great places here:


Things to do in Vancouver


There is really something for everyone. Whether it is hitting the hiking trails, snowboarding at an Olympic mountain resort, shopping at one of the many malls or celebrity spotting in Downtown Vancouver.


Student life in Vancouver is just amazing!


You will make a lot of new friends when you study in Vancouver. Here are some of our favourite local places that you can visit together: 


  1. Granville Islandgranville island vancouver
  2. Stanley Parkstanley park vancouver
  3. Grouse Mountaingrouse mountain vancouvergrouse mountain vancouver
  4. Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridgelynn canyon
  5. Whytcliff Parkwhytcliff park vancouver


When you decide to live and study in Vancouver, you will quickly discover new experience, achieve new goals and make friends for life.


Food Habits in Vancouver


Living in Vancouver would not be complete without Brunch! It comes somewhere between breakfast and lunch and we can guarantee that it will make you happy.


If you see a line up outside a restaurant or cafe, it is probably because people are waiting for brunch. It is a great way to get your new friends together and share some quality time. And the best thing is, there are usually free coffee refills!


Finding a Job in Vancouver


When you choose to study in Vancouver, you will quickly realize that the city welcomes immigrants and international students from all over the world.


It is known worldwide for its natural beauty, diversity and great lifestyle, so it is understandable that people want to make a life and study in Vancouver.


British Columbia has the second highest immigrant population compared to any other province Canada. According to an official report in 2016, a total of 1,292,675 immigrants made B.C. their home, representing 17.1% of Canada’s total immigrant population.


Most new immigrants are between the ages of 25 and 44.


Those who choose to study in Vancouver will be happy to know that ESL students in Canada, on average, have a great opportunity of being accepted to a university.


Vancouver, BC has the highest employment rate in Canada, with unemployment being only 4.2% – the lowest in the whole country!


No matter what your professional background is, you will be sure to find work in Vancouver. Especially with the support of Cornerstone College staff, who make it a personal mission to help you find a job in Vancouver.


There is always an adventure to be had when you are living Vancouver.

taken by Ethan Ror - vancouver

Health insurance services are very important for international students and do not forget to learn how to apply for MSP in Vancouver!


Long story short, Vancouver is the best city for international students in Canada because of all reasons just mentioned above.


Get in touch with us to find out how you can study in Vancouver and start your new journey. 

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  • shamila rajapaksha

    I’m a student who is hoping to study in Vancouver. This is very important for me. Thank you very much.

    • Cornerstone

      Dear Shamila, we are pretty sure that you will be able to find your success path by studying in Vancouver.

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