Cost of Living in Halifax

A low cost of living and a high quality of life make Halifax an enjoyable and affordable place to live. Whether you live on or off campus, it’s a good idea to work out a monthly budget.  Below is a sample* of some common living/lifestyle expenses to give you an idea of the cost of living in Halifax.

*All costs are provided as estimates only and listed in Canadian dollars.

Examples of some major expenses

Average/approximate cost
Rent for a two-bedroom apartment  $1,003 - $1,617/month (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation - October, 2018) depending on location. 
Hot water cost per (two person) household $29.75/month (120 litres/day)
Electricity/home heating $90-$110/month (varies based on usage and method of heat)
Food $250-$300/month
Telephone Basic smart phone with data $50-100/month
(when not purchased in a bundle)
Internet $75/month
(when not purchased in a bundle)

Do your research! Explore more detailed information online about average costs for things like restaurants, entertainment, transportation and groceries. 

Use our online budget tool to get a detailed estimate your costs while studying at Dalhousie.

Consider living on campus

  • You're close to classes, friends, meeting places and athletic facilities
  • There are plenty of people nearby to help you adjust to university, and succeed in school
  • Your meals are prepared for you
  • Internet, cable and local phone are included - no monthly bills to worry about
  • Some of your neighbours will become lifelong friends
  • For more information, visit the Residence & Housing website