Rental & Utility Costs

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Sample of Apartment Rents in Halifax

Source:  CMHC - Rental Market Report, January 2021 [PDF]

Rental Market Report Highlights -
Vacancy Rate Increased to 1.9%
The average rent is $ 1,170 UP by 4.1%

Bachelor

One Bedroom

Two Bedrooms

3+ Bedrooms

Avg. Rent - $865/month

Avg. Rent - $1016/month

Avg. Rent - $1255/month

Avg. Rent - $1455/monh

Rental rates in the city can fluctuate and zumper can be used as a way to look at the fluctuation of rents across the city. Rents will vary depending on the apartment location, age, and condition. Keep in mind that it is generally more expensive to live in locations close to Dalhousie University Campuses than elsewhere in the Halifax Regional Municipality or Town of Truro.  These are the average housing costs in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), housing outside of the HRM (such as the village of Bible Hill) are usually lower but transportation costs must be considered.  

When creating a budget note that upfront you will have to pay a security deposit (equal to a half a months' rent, tenants insurance and the first months' rent. Continuously you will be paying rent, utilities (internet, power, phone bills), living costs (food and fun).  For more information on budgeting, sample costs and tips on saving money, visit Dal's helpful Money Matters website, you can email: awards@dal.,ca or visit Numbeo Cost of Living in Halifax for some prices/ranges of utility costs and other services within HRM (Halifax Regional Municipality).

Utilities

Check with your landlord, if you're not sure what utilities are included in your rent. If you do have to arrange for your own utilities or services, many providers offer special packages or information for students.

Electricity

Nova Scotia Power recommends you call to set up an account 7-10 days before you need your power connected. See the NS Power webpage for students to learn more.

Telephone, Internet & Television

Several different service providers offer telephone, Internet or television service in the HRM. Both BellAliantEastlink and City Wide offer all three services individually or in bundles.

Sample of expenses

Below is a sample of some common living/lifestyle expenses to give you an idea about the cost of living in Halifax. Also keep in mind that hooking up services, such as electricity, will involve a one-time connection fee. Costs are provided as estimates only.

Expenses
Average/approximate cost
Electricity/home heating
$100-$150/month (varies based on consumption and method of heat)
Basic Smart Phone
$50/month 

High Speed Internet
$80/month