Cowtown may not be the most expensive city in the world, but it’s certainly not the cheapest either. Of course, while things can be tough, there are a ton of perks to living here!

Want to know what you’re in for in addition to being near the Stampede grounds, parks and some incredible eateries? Crowd-sourced online database, Numbeo, has broken down the cost of Living for Calgary-based residents.

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According to Numbeo, the cost of ordering a course meal for two people from a “mid-range” restaurant was $100. This, however, does not include your drinks which range from $7.50 for a domestic beer or $2.82 for a class of Coke or Pepsi.

Approximate Cost: $100 for two people


Wondering how much it’ll cost you to get the basics? In Calgary, a 1 litre of milk will cost you an average of $2.54, $3.23 for a loaf of bread and $4.73 for eggs. Meat, however, like Chicken or Beef will cost $18.14 and $18.90 respectively. For a full list of popular items, you can check out their website below

Approximate Cost: Varies. See here


Though our system may not be as elaborate as Toronto’s or Vancouver’s, Calgary Transit is still a great option for those looking to get around the city. It’s also fairly affordable. Hoping to take the bus or train, it’ll cost approximately $3.60 for a single ticket or $112.00 for a full month. Alternatively, gas will cost around $1.43 per litre.

Approximate Cost: $112 per month

Monthly Utilities

$330.35 for basic heating, cooling, water, electricity and garbage? Unfortunately, yes. According to Numbeo, this is what it’ll cost to live in an 85m2 apartment. As for your mobile phone, it could cost you approximately $60.10 for 10 GB and data while internet will cost around $88.39 for 60 Mbps or more.

Approximate Cost: $474.84 per month


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Sports And Leisure

Are you a gym go-er? According to Numbeo, the average fitness club membership is listed for $81.40

Approximate Cost: $81.40 per month


The big one! As per Numbeo’s report, the average cost of rent for a one-bedroom in the city centre will cost about $1,881 while a similar apartment outside the city centre will cost an average of $1,537.

Approximate Cost in the city centre: $1,881


So how much does it cost to live in Calgary?

For a single person to live comfortably, the estimated cost would be around $1,576 CAD – this, however, does not include your rent. The most surprising part? According to Numbeo, it’s actually 1.5% more expensive to live in Calgary than in Toronto, but there you have it!

To see a more detailed breakdown of the cost of living in Calgary, you can visit their website here. 

Things have been better, but we’ve got hope. Here’s to a brighter future ahead… and more affordable rent.