Estimated Living Expenses
The chart below is intended as a budget guide for one semester (4-month period) for students studying full-time. Actual amounts will vary depending on individual situation and requirements. Costs in the chart below are listed in Canadian dollars.
Estimated Cost of Living
(for 4 months)
Books and course materials
Local Public transportation
*Average Single Room/Bachelor cost based on current on-campus fees. Actual fees will vary depending on location and type of residence. For complete rates, see Student Housing.
- Off-campus housing varies in price from $500-$1,200 per month depending on the location and options.
- Participation in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) is mandatory for International Students. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) plan is for dental and drug coverage (mandatory for all domestic and international full-time students, unless Student have alternative coverage). Coverage for spouse/family is available at additional rates. Rates are subject to change.
- Please visit www.health.gov.on.ca for details on Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage (for domestic students only)
- Subtract UHIP costs to get domestic student total average cost.
Categories Eligible for Domestic Fees
Note: these exemption categories and definitions are subject to change at any time on a decision by the government of Ontario.
Definition of Dependants
Some categories state the both the person who has the status and their dependants are eligible for the domestic tuition rate. If you are a dependant of someone who falls under one of the categories eligible for domestic fees, you will be required to present documentation to verify your dependent status.
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ regulations define dependants as follows:
- If you are the married spouse, you are a dependant.
- If you are the common law partner you are a dependant only if you have been living together in a conjugal relationship for no less than three years.
- If you are the biological or adopted child of your parent or their spouse or common law partner, and you are under 22 years of age, not married and financially dependent on them, you are a dependant.
- If you are the biological or adopted child of your parent or their spouse or common law partner and you are over 22 years of age, not married and financially dependent on them, you are a dependant. You must also have been registered continuously in school up to one year before beginning at York.
- If your parent is a dependant of their parent (as defined above), you are also a dependant of your grandparent.
- If you are a person with a disability who has been financially supported substantially by your parent and you are unable to be self-supporting because of the disability, you are a dependant.
Under the regulations of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, a student is eligible for domestic tuition rate if they are:
- A citizen of Canada within the meaning of the Citizenship Act or a person registered as an Indian within the meaning of the Indian Act.
- A person who is the legal dependent of a Canadian citizen. Please see the definition of dependent above.
- A person who has been granted permanent resident status in Canada within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
- A person who is the legal dependent of a permanent resident. Please see the definition of dependent above.
- A person who has applied for permanent resident status in Canada only if they have received written documentation from Citizenship and Immigration Canada that has the principal applicants name on it and contains one of the following statements. Please note that only letters with one of these exact statements can be accepted:
"We have completed the initial assessment of your application and expect to finalize your application without a personal interview."
"This refers to your application for permanent residence in Canada, Your interview has been waived."
"This refers to your application for permanent residence within Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds."
"The Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism issued instructions which were published in the Canada Gazette. These instructions specify that applications from international students who are currently enrolled in a PhD program, or foreign nationals who have completed a PhD program, in a recognized educational institution located in Canada and that are accompanied by the results of the principal applicant’s English or French language proficiency assessment are eligible to be processed in the Federal Skilled Worker class.
Based on a review of the information you have provided, your application has received a positive final determination of eligibility for processing on the basis of your enrollment in, or completion of, a PhD program as specified in the Instructions issued by the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism and published in the Canada Gazette."
This refers to your application for permanent residence in Canada in the Federal Skilled Worker class. The Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism issued instructions which were published in the Canada Gazette. These instructions specify that only applicants who have work experience in certain listed occupations or applicants who have an offer of Arranged Employment and that are accompanied by the results of the principal applicant’s English or French language proficiency assessment are eligible to be processed in the Federal Skilled Worker class. Based on a review of the information you have provided, your application has received a positive final determination of eligibility for processing on the basis of work experience in an occupation specified in the instructions issued by the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism and published in the Canada Gazette. Your application will be forwarded to a visa office for further processing.
- A person who is the legal dependent of an applicant for permanent resident. Please see the definition of dependent above.
- A person who is admitted to and remaining in Canada, with official accreditation from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, who has entered Canada or is in Canada to carry out official duties as:
* a diplomatic or consular officer; or as a Canadian government-accredited representative or official of a country other than Canada, of the United Nations or any of its agencies, of any intergovernmental organizations of which Canada is a member; or as a dependent (please see the definition of dependent above);
* or a member of the staff of any such diplomat, consular officer, representative or official accredited to Canada by the Canadian government;
* or a member of a foreign military force or of a civilian component thereof admitted to Canada under the Visiting Forces Act or any dependents of such personnel (please see above for definition of dependent)
Note: if a student has been exempt under this category, and their exemption status changes during the course of their program by circumstances beyond their control (for example the dependent of a diplomat whose parent is assigned to another country), the student continues to be exempt from the payment of international student tuition until the completion of the program of study that they are registered in. Contact the Registrar’s Office regarding official documentation required.
- A person and his/her dependents (please see definition of dependent above) who is authorized to work in Canada and has been issued a work permit by the federal government. The following groups are excluded from this category. If you hold a work permit for one of the following reasons you are not eligible for domestic fees:
- A visitor who is a graduate teaching assistant;
- An international student holding a work permit to complete his/her co-op, internship or medical residency employment;
- An international student holding an open work permit for post-graduate work (usually for up to three years of work opportunities upon graduation);
- An international student whose spouse or common-law partner has received a work permit as a result of the international student holding a valid study permit;
- An international student holding an “Off-Campus Work Permit”.
- A person and his/her dependents (please see above for the definition of dependent), who is officially recognized and documented by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to be a Protected Person or a Convention Refugee.
- A person and his/her dependents (please see above for the definition of dependent), who is a refugee claimant in Canada, only if the claim for refugee status was made to the federal government before January 1, 1989.
More details are available on the Registrar's Office website
Statements vs. Transactions
Statements are posted on the Web around the 18th of each month and include information relating to your previous statement amount, date and current balance owing. Transactions are posted to your account whenever payments made and payments owing to York University are processed. If a payment has been made to York University or courses were added or dropped between statements, please review the transaction page. Statements are only updated monthly and therefore will not reflect any transactions made after the statement date. The transactions page will reflect all transactions, payments and charges. All transactions have a statement date associated with them, therefore any transactions not yet reflected on your statement will be posted as “NEW” until the statement is updated. To access the transactions page click on “View Transactions when you log in” to access you statement click on “View Statement”.
Understanding your statement
Outstanding amounts are due on the 10th of the following month. For example, statements posted April 18th will have a due date of May 10th.
Minimum payment due this month must be paid by the payment due date to avoid late charges. The total outstanding balance owing is located under the heading Present Balance. This amount reflects all charges to your account and is not necessarily what is due. For instance, if you have enrolled in fall and winter courses the Present Balance will reflect both your Fall and Winter tuition even though your winter tuition is not yet due. The minimum payment due this month will only reflect the Fall tuition fees as that is the payment due.
Please note that the Present Balance is the balance of your account as of the statement date. Any transactions after the statement date will not be reflected on the balance. To see the most up to date balance and transactions you need to click on “view transactions” when you log in.
For more information on late fees and penalties, visit the Student Financial Services Web site
and click the Financial Repercussions tab.
Previous Statement Date – This is the date your last statement was run.
Previous Balance – This is the balance shown on your last statement
Amount Due on Last Statement – This was the amount which had to be paid from the last statement to avoid late charges.
Payments Received – this is a total of all payment made to your account since the last statement was issued.
Present Balance – This is the total outstanding balance. The may include charges which do not begin until another term and for fees which are not due now.
Minimum Payment Due this Month – this amount must be paid by the “Payment Due By” date to avoid late charges. If the amount is zero, no payment is due on that date.
Payment Due By – Payment must be made by this date in order to avoid interest charges. Payments are currently due by the 10th of the following month. If the full amount of the “Minimum Payment Due this Month” is not paid by the due date, in interest will be added to the account.