USA and International Costs

Planning Your Finances

Here is how much you can expect to pay in an academic year at Carleton University

A university education is a big investment. It’s one of the most important decisions you’ll make for your future, and we understand there is a lot to consider. Carleton is dedicated to supporting students academically and professionally, from work-study placements and networking events to finding a career path. Carleton is ranked in the top 10 for graduate employability among Canadian universities.

Expenses Cost CAD dollars*
Living on campus
Tuition and student fees 2022-2023** – see tuition by program $30,389 – $46,152
On-campus residence and meal plan – based on double room, includes an All Access meal plan and internet/wifi*** $11,775
Books and supplies – varies according to program $1,400
Personal expenses (entertainment, clothes, extras) $2,500
Total $46,064 – $61,827
Living off campus
Tuition and student fees 2022-2023** – see tuition by program $30,389 – $46,152
Off-campus housing – based on shared accommodation, food and internet/wifi*** (prices vary depending on type of accommodation) $9,600
Books and supplies – varies according to program $1,400
Personal expenses (entertainment, clothes, extras) $2,500
Total $43,889 – $59,652

*Current exchange rates can be found at bankofcanada.ca.
**Tuition and student fees include the 2022-2023 University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) fee of $756 (CAD) per person for 12 months.
***Based on 8 month academic year

For program-specific tuition fees, please visit Carleton’s Student Accounts Receivable website

Working in Canada


Most international students studying full-time can:

  • Apply for a job on campus at Carleton University
  • Apply for a part-time job off campus during the school year (20 hours per week maximum)
  • Apply for full-time work during scheduled breaks (such as reading week, summer break)
  • Apply for a work permit after you graduate (for up to three years) to gain Canadian work experience

Visit the website of the Government of Canada for details.

Paid work-study opportunities


  • In addition to an engaging classroom experience, you can benefit from paid work-study opportunities (“co-op”).
  • The chance to apply your knowledge and skills in real-world situations gives you an advantage in preparing for your future career.
  • Salaries range from minimum wage ($15/hour) to $30/hour depending on the program. Students usually work 35 to 40 hours per week during a co-op term.

 

More Ways to

Stay Connected with Carleton

Sign up for Carleton 360

Get started in Carleton360 to receive tailored information on our programs, student services and community.

Take a virtual campus tour

Explore Carleton's beautiful riverside campus inside our virtual tour. More scenes coming soon!