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    Ottawa is the capital of Canada located in the south of Ontario in the east, close to the city of Montreal and the U.S. border stretching on the Ottawa River.

    The area of the capital city is estimated to be 2,790 km2, on which a population of 996,921 people lives. The population is of several ethnic groups which are Canadian, English, Irish, French, Scottish, German, Italian, Chinese, Asian, Arabs and some insignificant minorities.

    The name Ottawa is derived from the Algonquin word “adawe” meaning “to trade”. The settlement had been known before as “Bytown” when it was converted to Ottawa in 1855.

    There were some cities which they had been racing to win the capital status of Canada; so, to finish that fierce competition, Queen Victoria selected Ottawa as it was located in the centre between Montreal and Toronto cities, besides being along the border of Ontario and Quebec (the heart of Canada at the time)

    Ottawa is known to be one of the safest cities in all Canada, and Canada is considered one of the safest countries in the world, ranked number five in the list top five cities.


    Living Expenses in Ottawa

    The estimated monthly costs for an international student in Ottawa are C$1200, without rent. Ottawa is less expensive than New York in living expenses, without rent. On the other hand, rent in Ottawa is, normally, 20 % less expensive than New York.

    Lists of Living Expenses in Ottawa in Canadian Dollars



    Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

    20.00 C$

    Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

    80.00 C$

    McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)

    12.00 C$

    Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

    7.00 C$

    Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)

    8.00 C$

    Cappuccino (regular)

    4.58 C$

    Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)

    2.47 C$

    Water (0.33 liter bottle)

    1.88 C$



    Milk (regular), (1 liter)

    2.51 C$

    Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)

    2.96 C$

    Rice (white), (1kg)

    4.19 C$

    Eggs (regular) (12)

    3.45 C$

    Local Cheese (1kg)

    12.66 C$

    Chicken Fillets (1kg)

    14.61 C$

    Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)

    19.01 C$

    Apples (1kg)

    4.43 C$

    Banana (1kg)

    1.51 C$

    Oranges (1kg)

    3.96 C$

    Tomato (1kg)

    4.24 C$

    Potato (1kg)

    2.66 C$

    Onion (1kg)

    2.68 C$

    Lettuce (1 head)

    2.43 C$

    Water (1.5 liter bottle)

    1.68 C$

    Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)

    15.00 C$

    Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)

    2.63 C$

    Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)

    2.86 C$

    Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)

    15.00 C$



    One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

    3.60 C$

    Monthly Pass (Regular Price)

    122.50 C$

    Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)

    3.75 C$

    Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)

    2.00 C$

    Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)

    24.00 C$

    Gasoline (1 liter)

    1.27 C$

    Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)

    27,250.00 C$

    Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car)

    24,059.62 C$

     Utilities (Monthly)


    Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment

    151.07 C$

    1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)

    0.28 C$

    Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)

    74.79 C$

     Sports And Leisure


    Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult

    58.29 C$

    Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)

    29.38 C$

    Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat

    14.88 C$



    Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child

    1,291.67 C$

    International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child

    16,000.00 C$

     Clothing And Shoes


    1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)

    69.76 C$

    1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...)

    47.76 C$

    1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)

    98.71 C$

    1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes

    129.71 C$

     Rent Per Month


    Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre

    1,639.66 C$

    Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre

    1,248.08 C$

    Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre

    2,758.00 C$

    Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre

    2,045.45 C$

     Buy Apartment Price


    Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre

    5,068.50 C$

    Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre

    3,555.79 C$


    The Culture of Ottawa

    International Music Festival is the event that Ottawa is known for, in addition to “hunger for beaver tails”, “beautiful nature” and “internationally influenced cuisine.”

    Ottawa is the fourth largest modern region in Canada: Both English and French are spoken which reflects in the city’s culture and businesses in addition to population of different immigrants growing widely which enriches the culture of the city.

    Because Ottawa is the seventh coldest capital in the world, there are lots of museums in Ottawa, but the most visited museum in Canada is the “Canadian Museum Civilisation”, and the most famous festival hosted every year is the “Canadian Tulip Festival” which is one of 35 key festivals in Ottawa.

    Ottawa has the best food to eat such as

    · Shawarma. You can eat a Shawarma anywhere, but you can't beat a Shawarma in Ottawa, especially on a cold winter's night after a few drinks with friends.

    · Beavertails

    · Caesars

    · Obama Cookie

    · Gelato

    · Macarons 

    Ottawa is a nice city to visit as it has a huge natural space, pretty lakes, trails for walking and cycling, breath-taking views. Visitors can get to Ottawa in just minutes from downtown Ottawa or Gatineau (a city in the west of Quebec) where visitors can practice sweeping skiing in the Gatineau Hills.


    Weather and Environment of Ottawa

    During summer the weather is warm and wet, and during winter it is very cold: It is severely cold in winter as there is a lot of snow precipitation which results in having a one-centimeter - snow thick and the precipitation of snow extends for four months... Nevertheless, the weather in Ottawa is changing during the year.

    As the weather in Ottawa is semi continental, the temperatures over the course of the year vary between -16 0C (60F) to reach 330C (800F). The temperatures are rarely to fall below -200C (30F) or rise more than 390C (880F).

    Ottawa has less smog than Toronto, and it enjoys a sunny climate. Air quality in Ottawa can be said to be moderate, and sometimes good. Ottawa offers such incentives to support in alleviating the environmental influences of its building operations by cooperating with a number of organisations. 


    Working while Studying in Ottawa
    The “Work-Study Program” is an available opportunity for students to combine work and education together: The part time work while studying and full time work over holidays. Working on campus will save time and effort, and students will take advantage of a flexible schedule that provides you with apriority concerning your study. 

    The Work-Study Program also grants students different opportunities to find out about new features of Ottawa, and gives you job experience that can be very appealing to future employers. This employment will boost students’ communication skills, facilitate their problem-solving, and strengthen their teamwork and planning...
    To enroll in the program, students must meet these general conditions:
    • Maintain good academic standing
    • Express financial need  by finishing the university of Ottawa’s financial questionnaire via the Work-Study Navigator
    • Pay your tuition fees to the University of Ottawa.
    • Visit the program to have a good background in details

    The Areas and Districts of Ottawa

    We divided Ottawa into 14 different sections

    • Barr haven
    • Kanata
    • Nepean
    • Orleans
    • Ottawa Central
    • Ottawa East
    • Ottawa South
    • Ottawa West
    • Ottawa West Centre Town
    • Rural Ottawa East
    • Rural Ottawa South
    • Rural Ottawa South West
    • Rural Ottawa West
    • Stittsville

    The important universities in Ottawa

    The Best Colleges in Ottawa for international students 2021

    • University of Ottawa
    • Carleton University
    • Algonquin College
    • Collège La Cité
    • Saint Paul University
    • Telfer School of Management
    • Dominican University College
    • Herzing College

    Universities in Ottawa / Canada

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