Living in Canada: How much does it cost to live in Montreal?

Living in Canada: How much does it cost to live in Montreal?

Is it true that living in Montreal is cheap? In our article you will find out how much it costs to rent an apartment, internet, food, transportation and other expenses.

Montreal is the largest city by size in the province of Quebec and the second largest in all of Canada. The city is a mix of English and French culture. Cobblestone streets, parks, historic mansions and skyscrapers: Montreal has something for everyone.

The good news for immigrants is that Montreal is the second cheapest city in Canada.

According to Expatistan, a cost database, in Montreal the average cost of living per person per month is $2,321 CAD or 131,951 ₽. A family of four spends $4,779 CAD or 271,691 ₽.

We decided to present you with one person's expenses by category.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment in Montreal

The issue of renting housing is the most pressing for immigrants. When you come to the city, you can rent a furnished apartment of 85 sq. m. It will cost $1,723 CAD per month or 97,954 ₽ in an expensive area, and $1,229 CAD or 69,870 ₽ in a regular area. For utilities (electricity, heating, air conditioning, water, garbage disposal) for two you will pay $122 CAD or 6,936 ₽.

Renting a 45 sqm studio with furniture will cost less. In the expensive area it will cost $1,430 CAD or $81,297 ₽ per month, in the regular area it will cost $874 CAD or 49,688 ₽. For utilities per person, you'll pay $79 CAD or 4,491 ₽.

You'll pay $39 CAD or 2,217 ₽ for a month of 8 mbps Internet.

Transportation costs in Montreal

Montreal is a big city and walking all the time will be a problem. You can buy a monthly pass and take public transportation. It will cost $90 CAD or 5,117 ₽.

Or you can take a taxi and get where you want to go in comfort. In Montreal, a basic weekday taxi ride will cost $34 CAD or 1,933 ₽ for 8 km.

How much does it cost to eat in Montreal

For $18 CAD or 1,023 ₽ you can have a full meal in the business district. And lunch at McDonald's or similar establishments will cost $13 CAD or 739 ₽.

If you decide to go shopping, the average grocery basket will cost you $47.8 CAD or 2,717.5 ₽. This basket includes 500g boneless chicken breast, 1L of whole milk, 12 large eggs, 1kg each of tomatoes, apples and potatoes, 500g local cheese, bread (for two for 1 day), 0.5L of local beer, 1 bottle of good red wine and 2L of Coca-Cola.

Cost of entertainment in Montreal

There's entertainment to suit all tastes. A trip to the movies for two will cost $26 CAD or 1,478 ₽, to the theater for $151 CAD or 8,584.5 ₽ you will get the best seats. The cuisine in Montreal is varied: you can dine at an Italian restaurant in the emigrant district and pay $101 CAD or 5,741 ₽ for two, or at a pub near home for $55 CAD or 3,127₽.

The price of self-care in Montreal

A lot of spending can fall into this category. A monthly gym membership in the business district will cost $59 CAD or 3,354 ₽. A standard men's haircut in the expatriate area is $28 CAD or 1,592 ₽. And for a short visit to a private doctor for 15 minutes, you'll pay $134 CAD or 7,618 ₽.

Bottom line

Montreal is a city that is considered the cultural capital of Canada. It will delight you with the atmosphere of old Europe and the architecture of the Old City. And for living in this beauty, you alone will have to pay $27,852 CAD or 1,583,414 ₽ per year.

If you want to make sure that you choose the right way and city for you when you move, book a consultation. It will help you understand how to arrange immigration in the best way for you.

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