Canadian students increasingly commute from home

October 16, 2007

Moving out of the family home is considered an essential part of the university experience by many, but with residence fees ranging from $2,000 up to $8,000 per year, the cost may be starting to outweigh the value for some students.  46% of first-year students reportedly choose to stay at home.  Residence dons live with first-year students through their first year away, and many schools offer themed floors (alcohol-free, international, faculty-based).  Living away from home is increasingly seen as a risk or personal challenge, rather than an opportunity.