It is in the news and it has been all around social media platforms that Toronto house pricing is skyrocketing.
Over the past years, it is not only the price for buying a house that has increased. It is possible to notice that the cost of living for temporary students is also challenging. Some articles over the internet are very specific and they can show that a simple room for rent varies regarding the location, the size and all the benefits/facilities it will offer.
Students are very often inquiring about the cost of living in Toronto because it is essential to add the basic expenses to the plan of studying in Canada. For this reason, we are sharing here a very basic guide that will be the first source for those planning to study in the city that has been considered one of the best cities to live in the world in the last couple of years.
The cost of living in Toronto pretty much depends on each one's lifestyle. The conditions and the situation of each student are different. Some of them come with a spouse/husband or with a family; some of them have a family member already in Canada that can help with shelter; some are also more flexible when it comes to choosing the location for living and diet.
There are some standard costs that do not vary much, such as transportation.
As an alternative:
Some students opt to buy a bike and save in public transportation pass during summer months. Not everybody is able to opt for this type of alternative such as a bike, but it can impact positively in the savings for the ones that are open to “pedal around”.
Prices for phone bill and contracts will vary if the student opts to have more data available; most of the companies offer unlimited calls and messaging; however, data is the most expensive option in the phone bill. Since Toronto has a lot of places with free wi-fi such as:
- Stores and,
- Coffee shops;
The student might be able to negotiate for a cheaper contract range for the basic amount of data.
During Summer time Toronto also offers a big variety of outdoor festivals and events in parks, always well publicized on the internet. It is a great opportunity for the students to save a bit of money and wait for some promotions that come along the months in order to get less expensive access to entertainment. Also, a $10-month gym membership is available around the city.
Groceries and restaurants will vary based on each one’s culture, customs, and preferences. There are very accessible places to eat in Toronto as well as very expensive ones. Some bars that are common for the student community offer promotional meals for $5 in some specific days and festivals such as “Summerlicious” and “Winterlicious” will offer a better price in the promotional menu in restaurants around the town.
The options are out there and the best way to find out about them are being connected to blogs, websites, free newspapers circulating around the city and radio promotions. Even tickets for great concerts and theater are offered by radio stations.
Hope you have enjoyed the reading and we will leave here the tip of the day: for more details about the cost of living in Toronto, start reading different blogs right now.
LinkedIn is currently the best professional source for employers and employees. A serious professional is expected (for a lot of companies) to have a LinkedIn profile updated and error-free. The most you tailor it, better will be your chances to be successfully recruited for a position in this competitive market.
As an international student, it is important that you have a profile that can be translated into other languages and LinkedIn offer this option. It is also a place that you can find advice, tips, suggestions and updates related to the professional market.
It is called personal and professional self-development. The basic account is free and it works as a professional social media account. IBT College highly advises students to have an account on LinkedIn and if possible keep it updated and always, always go back to check what is going on in the industry you are interested in.
We are also sharing here the link for an article from Forbes that shows the 10 Mistakes Job Seekers Make On Their LinkedIn Profiles. So you will be able to start on the right foot. I would highlight the number 6 (Failing to update profile regularly) and the number 2 (Not knowing what profile information should be public vs private).
The reading will take 5 minutes and the tips are precious. We wish you good luck.
(Click in the button below to see the Forbes article).
It is a great opportunity for IBT College students in the Academic or in the Co-Op period of their program to talk to employers in order to gather for a position. Summer jobs can result in a permanent part-time or full-time position in great companies.
We highly recommend our students to attend.
There are a lot of other job fairs happening in April and May and the Canada Expo is, for sure, one of the most famous. Do not miss it. For more information go to www.canadajobexpo.com.
We are your best option and we give you 7 reasons for that:
We IBT College offers 13 different programs that are Ministry register. The options vary for 6-months and 1-year program.
You will need study permit (including 20h/week of permission to work) and Work permit for the co-op portion of the program (permission to work full time during the co-op portion).
The best way to gather more information about VISA is accessing the Canadian government's website: www.cic.gc.ca
Canada has been in the top of the list of best cities and countries for students. The latest score was in the 11th position in the QS Best Student Cities 2017 | Top Universities.