Virtual Orientation

Please use this section to get settled, find support and take advantage of university services.

Understand Your Costs and Build Your Budget

Disclaimer: The information provided on this page is to be used as a guideline only and can vary depending on your personal circumstances. Costs featured below can change without notice so always refer to the direct source for the most up-to-date information.

 
MONTHLY EXPENSES
Please select your status:
If you are unsure of your status, please consult International Student Services.
Domestic student (incl. Permanent Resident/Landed Immigrant, Refugee, Diplomat)
International student
 
Tuition
Tuition depends on your program and may depend on the number of courses you are taking each term. Refer to the Calendar for the most accurate information on the tuition for your program. Please also consult with your graduate program to learn about any additional fees or costs.
Tuition per month (Divide by 4 to calculate per month)  
Do you plan to complete a co-op work term?
Yes
No  
What is your planned housing situation?
On-campus
Off-campus
Fees are dependent on the type of residence. Please refer to SFU Residences for the latest up-to-date fees.
Are you a member of the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU)?
No
Yes
Health Insurnace
Please refer to the SFU Medical Insurance website for details on the types of insurance available to you.
BC MSP:
GSS Benefit Plan: (Divide by 12 to calculate per month)

Misc Expenses
Statistics about the general cost of living in the Lower Mainland can be a helpful guide in your budget planning.
Graduate Student Activity Fee: (Divide by 4 to calculate per month) -
Recreation/Athletics Fees: (Divide by 4 to calculate per month) -
U-Pass: (Divide by 4 to calculate per month) -
Parking: (Divide by 4 to calculate per month) -
Car Insurance: -
Phone: -
Cable and Internet: -
Childcare: -
 
TOTAL MONTHLY EXPENSES: $ 0
PROJECTED ANNUAL EXPENSES: $ 0
MONTHLY INCOME/FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Please use the 'Per Month' column to automatically calculate your total income.
*Per Year is for your own reference and will not be included in the automatic calculations *Per Year Per Month  
Scholarships and Awards: -
Loans: -
Bursaries: -
Work-Study Program: -
Part Time Employment:
The SFU Student Temp Pool can be a good opportunity for temporary, part-time work.
-
TSSU Membership Childcare Fund: -
GSS Financial Support: -
 
TOTAL MONTHLY INCOME: $ 0
PROJECTED ANNUAL INCOME: $ 0
PROJECTED DIFFERENCE
MONTHLY $ 0

Other Resources
The following Facebook groups may also help you get advice on finding the best cell phone plans or most appropriate neighbourhoods in Metro Vancouver.


Disclaimer: The information provided on this page is to be used as a guideline only. Certain costs such as telephone and home internet access can vary greatly according to your own needs and choice of service provider. Please verify costs directly with the appropriate sources.

 

If you are also applying for financial aid, please consult their website directly as they use standardized costs.

Pre-Arrival Checklist

Additional Resources

  • MyFinances 101 is a free online financial literacy course to help you understand your personal finances. SFU students are able to self-enroll via Canvas and have unlimited access to all course content wherever, whenever. MyFinances 101 is easy to use and allows you to study at your own pace.
  • List of typical costs for Canadian and international students. Note that these are only estimates. 
  • For more information on financial resources for international students, refer to the SFU Financial Aid website