Living on your own can be an exciting, and sometimes challenging, adventure. This option is only available to students 19+, who are prepared to completely live on their own without any help for cooking, cleaning, paying the bills, etc.  When you live on your own expenses can vary. Sometimes these expenses can be shared if you have roomates. Take a look at the suggested budget below:

Apartment budget:

  • $500- $1000 for a house or apartment with roommates.
  • $800 – 1200 for a bachelor or 1 bedroom apt.
  • Internet $100 per month
  • Electric $30-50 per month
  • Water & Heat are included in most apartment rentals
  • Parking $100-$200 per month ( if not provided by your landlord)
  • Some places come with furniture, but most do not, so you will have to buy all your own furniture ( bed, couch, desk, lamps, tv’s, etc).

If you would like help finding an apartment, we can suggest the services of a local business who has helped several of our students in the past. They are fluent in English and Mandarin, but can assist students from all countries. For You Newcomer Agency Inc. is a reputable company here in Halifax and they can help you find an apartment, get a cell phone, open a bank account, furnish your home, etc. They offer various services depending on your needs. You can find out more about what they offer here: www.foryoucounselling.com

Here is a brief outline of the fees you can expect to pay them directly if you enlist in their services:

Package A apartment renting service and airport pick up. $280.00
Package B apartment renting service, airport pick up, open bank account, cell phone account and internet account. $350.00
Package C apartment renting service, airport pick up, open bank account, cell phone account and internet account. opening power account, academic guidance and university introduction. $400.00

Remember, our school will also help you set up your own bank account and make a cell phone account for you at no extra charge, but you may need the assistance of a local business like For You Newcomer Agency Ltd. to help with other services. We also offer airport pick up at a rate of $80.00 one way.