There are several types of living accommodations available for those who come to Nova Scotia to study (all costs are listed in Canadian dollars).
The following charges for accommodations for university, community college and language school students are given for approximate calculations only:
Accommodations for Nova Scotia International Student Program and independent school students:
- Traditional university residence:
- Shared double room - depending on the institution and the residence, fees range between $6,500 and $8,000 for a full academic year (usually includes meal plan and residence council fee, phone service, TV and Internet access).
- Single room - depending on the institution and the residence, $7,500 to $8,500 (includes same features as above).
- Apartment-style university residences:
- Three-bedroom shared apartment (per student) - between $5,500 and $6,500 (does not include meal plan but usually includes phone service, TV and Internet access).
- Apartments (these examples are taken from a list of properties within a 20-minute walking distance of a city university; rents in other areas of the city or the province might be lower):
- One-bedroom apartment in Halifax - $650 a month (includes heat, electricity and hot water)
- Halifax flat with two bedrooms - $700 a month (includes phone, Internet connection and all other utilities)
- Two-bedroom apartment in a Halifax house - $925 a month (includes heat, hot water and propane)
- Shared houses:
- Halifax apartment building with four bedrooms - $375 a month per person (includes electricity and hot water)
- Halifax house with two bedrooms - $1,000 a month (includes heat, hot water, cable and electricity)
- Halifax house with two bedrooms - $850 a month (includes heat, lights and hot water)
- Home-stay arrangements (students live with a Nova Scotia family) - about $5,000 a year
- Residences are available in independent schools with boarding facilities, such as King's-Edgehill School (learn more).
All residential rental properties in Nova Scotia are controlled and governed by the Residential Tenancies Act. The Act sets out the law regarding residential tenancies for landlords and tenants in Nova Scotia.
It also provides a dispute-resolution service by allowing for mediation and tribunal hearings if deemed necessary.
However, universities, colleges and other institutions of learning are excluded from Nova Scotia's Residential Tenancies Act. Each education facility has established regulations and policies regarding tenancy and occupancy.
Learn more about Nova Scotia's Residential Tenancies Act