Living in Niagara

The City of St. Catharines — home to Brock University — is situated in the heart of Niagara.

With a population of approximately 130,000, St. Catharines is a friendly, mid-sized community that is within easy reach of major cities such as Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara Falls and Buffalo, New York.

The local community offers a wealth of entertainment, recreational and cultural activities. St. Catharines provides Brock students with all the advantages of a prosperous urban centre located in a safe, inviting and affordable community.

The Niagara Region has a strong public and private sector transportation infrastructure which includes bus and rail links to Toronto and Buffalo. Busing within the region includes links from the campus to surrounding communities, and a St. Catharines bus pass is included with each student’s registration package. On-campus parking is available with the purchase of a parking pass. Two international airports and two regional airports are within an hour’s drive.

This all comes together to make St. Catharines a wonderful and affordable place to live, work and study!

Living expenses

The following expenses reflect the average estimate of costs per year for a single person living in St. Catharines (typically 3 terms per academic year). The Niagara Region has one of the lowest costs of living in Ontario.

ItemCost
Housing costs (room or one bedroom apartment)$6,000 – $8,000
Books and supplies (varies by course and program)$750 – $1,000
Food and personal items$5,000 – $6,400
Telephone/cable/internet$750 – $1,000
Clothing$300 – $700
Transportation$200 – $700
Miscellaneous (i.e. medicine, eyeglasses, entertainment)$2,000 – $2,200
TOTAL$15,000 – $20,000