Costs and Budgeting

Brock recognizes that investing in a university degree is a significant cost for many families. In addition to our competitive awards programs, we can help you make the most of your own resources. Understanding the costs and using your finances wisely will help make ends meet.

How much does it cost to attend Brock?

To estimate the costs for Tuition, Residence and other university fees please use our Fee Estimator. A minimum payment is required to confirm your registration before the beginning of each term. For assistance in creating a complete budget for your school year — including living costs, materials and entertainment — please see the list below.

How do I create a Budget?

In addition to the costs identified in the
Fee Estimator, you should also budget for the following items.

Books and Supplies

In addition to the purchase of books, the cost of paper, pens, calculators, drawing equipment, binders, project materials etc. should be considered. The requirements vary widely depending on the program. Book lists are available during the first week of classes. Do not make any purchases before seeing each professor or academic advisor, unless specifically directed otherwise.

Generally students incur costs of between $900 (Arts) and $1200 (Sciences) per year in most programs.


The cost for a local bus pass is included in your tuition and ancillary fees. Students from out-of-town should budget for return trips home each academic year. Students who drive to the university can get an estimate for parking fees by using the university fees please use the Fee Estimator. Remember to budget for taxis.

Pocket Money/Misc.

You should budget for an average of $50 a week or about $1,600 per academic year. Your own personal lifestyle, however, will dictate your actual expenditures.


Although most students dress casually, the amount to be budgeted for this category can vary widely. If you have not purchased a suitable wardrobe prior to the academic year, then allowance should be made for additional purchases that may be required during the year. i.e., appropriate clothes for Co-op employment, winter coat, etc. Recommend $200-$300 per term.

Living Away from Home

Students who do not live with their parents will naturally incur higher expenses than if they were living at home.

If you are intending to live in residence, please use the Fee Estimator to estimate the cost of the residence and meal plan.

If you are intending to live off-campus, the following costs for rent, food and utilities are based on shared accommodation. Actual costs will vary according to the type of accommodation and the number of students sharing the facility. Rent, including heat and electricity, is approximately $400-500 per month (St. Catharines area, based on shared accommodation). Remember utility costs may increase in winter months. Please visit the Off Campus Housing website for rental listing and more information.

Food & Household Supplies

From $50 to $75 per week per person. Total: $1,700 to $2,550 per academic year.


$50 per month. Total $240 per academic year.

Laundry and Dry Cleaning

Allow $10 per week. Total $340 per academic year.


Students living away from home are urged to obtain comprehensive tenant’s insurance. Students should check with their parents’ insurance company to inquire about a rider on the parents’ insurance to cover their belongings, or students can obtain coverage on their own at an estimated cost of $20 per month. This includes coverage for theft, vandalism, fire and general liability.

Dental and Health Care Benefits are provided by the Brock University Students’ Union. If you already have coverage you may opt out.

Married Student Expenses

While it is difficult to provide detailed advice to married students because of varied circumstances, couples should double the estimates of living costs above.