2017/2018 List of Low Tuition Universities in Canada and their Contact Information


Some time ago I prepared an article on low tuition universities in Canada for international students and I got lots of comments and feedback from people. If you have not gone through this article, kindly click here to access it. Today, I want to provide a comprehensive list of universities in Canada with their current tuition fees and contact information. Some schools in Canada are very expensive, but the good news is that, there are cheap and affordable ones where tuition fees range from $5,000 to $10,000 per year. Please note that these figures we will be using in this article are all in Canadian dollars. As at the time of writing this post, 1 Canadian Dollar equals 0.79 United States Dollar. Before I provide a list of low tuition universities in Canada, as always I will like to talk about the cost of living, intake periods, visa requirements and other stuff. So let’s start with the cost of living in Canada.

Cost of living in Canada

The cost of living in Canada is slightly higher than other countries. Students will need approximately $800 to $1200 per month to cover expenses like accommodation, food, transportation etc. Cities like Vancouver and Calgary are very expensive and you may need to raise your budget to $1500 to be able to live in these cities. As I always say, cost of living is dependent on factors such as: the spending habit of the student and city he/she lives in. So don’t allow these big figures scare you. If you are the frugal type, you may live on less.

Read also: 2016 List of Low Tuition Universities in Canada with Tuition Fees and Contact Information

Let’s break it down…….

Accommodation costs

In Canada, there are many housing options to choose from, and an equally diverse price range. The prices range from $250 to $800 per month as can be seen below:

  • Student residences: prices are between $250 – $625 per month
  • University-provided home stays: usually rates start from $400 and can lead to $800 per month.
  • Share an apartment: $250 – $700 per month, prices for rent depend on location and facilities.


Food is not expensive in Canada, expect to spend between $200 to $250 per month on shopping from the local supermarkets and groceries. Some of the cheapest supermarkets you can find all over Canada are Canadian Superstore, Walmart, No Frills.

If you wish to eat in a restaurant, you will have to pay around $10 – $25. A three-course meal for two in a mid-range restaurant will cost $60.


Students enrolled in a Canadian university aged between 18 and 25 will benefit from discounts when purchasing the monthly transport pass.

  • The total price of a transport pass is $91 per month, while a one-way ticket is worth $3 per month
  • Taxis are also a common way of transport all over Canada and fares are between $2 and $6 per/ km.

Admission intake periods

Almost all programs in Canadian institutions have 3 intakes in a year. These three intakes are winter, spring and fall. You will need to contact the school and find out the available intake periods for your program. You can do this by calling or sending a mail to the admissions department. Remember that you need to apply as early as possible, for instance, if your program intake period is by January (winter), ensure that you apply 6 to 8 months in advance so you will have enough time to process your visa.

Read also: Admission application deadlines for study in Austria, Finland, France, Netherlands, Spain and Luxembourg

Work while studying

International students are allowed to work while studying in Canada. You can work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions, and full time during scheduled breaks (for example, winter and summer holidays, and spring break). A work permit does not guarantee that you will find a job. It is your responsibility to look for work. Even if you work off campus, your studies must be the main reason you are in Canada.

Visa application

To gain entry for studies, a visa is mandatory. The documents required to obtain a Visa are as follows:

  1. You must be given an acceptance letter from a recognized institution
  2. Next stop is to get a Canadian student visa application package online using CIC website, or you walk into a local visa office or consulate in your country. In other to get the visa application package, questions will be asked to determine if you are eligible for a student Visa.
  3. If found to be eligible, you will be sent a personal check list code with a page containing a code needed for submitting your application online which is only valid for 60 days. The printed out page also contains tuition fee amounts, a guide to applications, a list of documents to submit along with your application.
  4. Create a MyCIC account by providing your checklist code, where you will be given your personal document checklist which allows you upload all your documents to CIC.
  5. After uploading the necessary documents and paying your fees, submit your completed application to CIC.
  6. Some students from certain countries require biometric caption.
  7. When applying for a student visa, you would need a proof of funds to show that you can sustain yourself during your study.


List of low tuition universities in Canada with contact information

Universities Undergraduate tuition fees Postgraduate tuition fees Phone contacts Email contacts
Brandon University $5000 to $8000 $5000 to $8000 +12047289520 admissions@brandon.ca
Memorial University of Newfoundland $6000 to $8800 $6000 to $8800 +17098644893 admissions@mun.ca
Saint Paul University $5000 to $6000 $5000 to $6000 +161323661393
Athabasca University $9000 to 10000 $9000 to $10000
Concordia University Edmonton $11000 to 12000 $11000 to 12000 +15148482424 reception@concordia.ca
University of Manitoba $12000 to 14000 $8000 to 10000 +18004321960
University of Saskatchewan $12000 to $14000 $4000 to $6000 +13069664343 admissions@usask.ca
University of Winnipeg $12000 to $15000 $12000 to $15000 +12047867811 studentcentral@uwinnipeg.ca
MacMaster University $14000 to $16000 $14000 to $16000 +19055254600 iss@mcmaster.ca
University of Victoria $14000 to $16000 $6000 to $8000 +12507217211 garo@uvic.ca
University of Ottawa $14000 to $16000 $14000 to 16000 +16135625700 infoservice@uottawa.ca
Dalhousie University $14000 to $16000 $14000 to $16000 +19024942211 admissions@dal.ca
Mount Royal University $11000 to $12000 $11000 to $12000
University of Western Ontario $14000 to $16000 $12000 to $14000 +15196612111 Reg-admissions@uwo.ca

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  1. Good day, your write ups are very useful. Please I need confirimation, am a graduate with a low CGPA of 1. but want to run post graduate diploma in Canada before masters. Please which university will be considerable and affordable for me.

  2. Good day, your write ups are very useful. Please I need confirimation, am a graduate with a low CGPA of 1. but want to run post graduate diploma in Canada before masters. Please which university will be considerable and affordable for me. Thank you

    1. Depending on your course of study precious. Also with your grade it is best you apply to Canadian colleges such as Seneca, Centennial. However the fee may be around 8k CAD to 20k CAD.

  3. My name Nwachukwu Benedict. I need a low tuition fee university where i can study business administration. Please send a reply.thanks

  4. Thanks for the write up, I am a graduate of microbiology with a second class lower division I am seeking for a nursing undergraduate school in Canada with a low tuition fee.

  5. please my name is Ndubuisi Nnah. I need a low tuition university where i can study business mgt or transport/logistic mgt. Your kind response will be appreciated

  6. Sir. I want to study in Master MPhil Chemistry I recently done my BS Chemistry
    Tell me which university is best for me with low tution fee.

  7. Hi,am nancy with first degree in banking and finance having obtained a CGPA 3.6. I want to study master in finance,banking or investment in any university with tuition fee between 5000-10000CAD. Your suggestion will be of much help.

  8. Hi Sir/Ma’am, my name is Chizzy. I studied Mass Communication, Higher National Diploma ( HND) in a polythenic in Nigeria. I am seeking for a good and cheap university ranging from 5000-10000 Canadian Dollars where I can do my PGD in Mass Communication. Pls inbox me the school. If any on scholarship too Pls do let me know because am very interested.



  9. Hi,
    i am Rahmat, i need suggestions on low tuition universities or colleges in Canada where i can do an undergraduate program in International Relations.

  10. Hi Sir /maa, my name is Donatus. It is my desire to apply for undergraduate programme in business education . I studied in one of Nigerian university . I need a low tuition school ranging from $5000 my phone number is 07034477750. I look forward to hearing from you please.

  11. Good day all. Please I am a graduate of microbiology with second class upper division and about to round off my MSC programme in pharmaceutical microbiology by end of February 2018 with a GP above 4.5. I’ll like to enroll in a PhD programme on funding in any affordable university in Canada. Please I need help and suggestions on how to do this. Thanks in anticipation

  12. My name is andrew.i hold a bachelor of commerce(Marketing) from a kenyan university and i would like to pursue a master of science(Entrepreneurship and Innovation management) or an MBA in one of the affordable universities in canada.
    Please recommend to me such an institution and the estimated fee to completion.

  13. Good day sir, my name is christian and am from Nigeria and i am a graduate of political science with second class lower division. please which university with low tuition fee will you recommend me to pursue my masters programme in HEALTH AND SAFETY. have budgeted 5000usd. thanks

  14. I am a graduate of Physics in one of Nigeria university with 2.0CPGA… Please advise which university in Canada with low cost of study for me to apply for my post graduate in Transport and Logistics…

  15. knowledgeable blog. Thanks Sir,
    I’m in search of an affordable standard college or institution in Canada. To study business mgt in master program. would appreciate yo help.

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