Graduate Expenses

Books & Supplies
  • The required text books, supplies and equipment varies greatly from program to program. Costs will depend on the number of classes taken per year and if laboratory or other equipment is required.
  • Your graduate supervisor, or the units graduate secretary can tell you what books and equipment you will need. Some courses list the required text books on the UofS Bookstore website.
  • Annual estimates begin at about $1,350. This does not include the costs of a computer or other electronic equipment.
  • If you wish to check out the local costs for a new computer see the Campus Computer Store website.
  • Many students reduce their costs by purchasing textbooks second hand at Browsers. They are also available at book exchanges in the fall, from students advertising on line, or from posted ads on one of the many bulletin boards on campus.
  • You can purchase books online, including second hand books, from the UofS Bookstore website.

Accommodation & Food

  • There are two on campus residences for students, McEowan Park located within walking distance, just south of the main campus buildings, and Voyageur Place located in the heart of campus. Information on the costs of the various rooms, including a meal plan, can be found at the UofS Residence website.
  • Many graduate students choose to live off-campus in general rental accommodation. Prices vary greatly depending on the distance from the campus, and if it is shared accommodation. One or two bedroom apartments, on the east side of the river, within walking distance to campus, are more expensive. To estimate the current costs for off-campus rental accommodation, do a website search for rental apartments in the City of Saskatoon.

Personal Needs

  • Costs for clothing and personal items, entertainment and cell phones are highly variable depending on the person. You should plan to spend a similar amount to what you typically spent as an undergraduate student.
  • Depending on where you come from, you may have the additional expense of purchasing winter clothing. This would include a parka, hat and gloves, and winter boots for a minimum cost of about $250.


  • Students can purchase a subsidized city bus pass for the fall and winter terms. Bus passes for the spring/summer term must be purchased on a monthly basis.
  • Current rates for a post secondary semester pass and a monthly bus pass are posted on the Saskatoon Transit website.

Health Care & Insurance

You must develop your own estimate of expenses depending on your specific circumstances and needs. For an example of estimated graduate costs, click here.