Calgary is one of the most expensive cities in Canada, ranked number 4, below Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. According to Mercer’s 2018 ranking, Calgary was ranked 154th in the world. If you are living alone, you could spend up to $1500 - $2000 each month on groceries, utilities, rent, and transportation. You should budget an additional $300-$400 per month if you have a child. Here is a breakdown of the expenses.
Rent - The average cost of rent in Calgary is $600 - $1200 for a one-bedroom apartment, $800 - $2000 per month for a two-bedroom apartment, and $1,200 to $2,800 per month for a three-bedroom apartment.
Utilities - Utilities include electricity, water, natural gas, and even cell phones. In Calgary, utility expenses can account for $70 - $110 each month.
Groceries - The average household grocery in Calgary is $50 a week; this adds up to $200 a month.
Transportation - An adult pass in Calgary costs $99 per month. The transportation cost is even higher (up to $500) if you have a car. To learn more about Calgary, click here.