Cost of Living in Calgary

Summary about cost of living in Calgary:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 63.12 R$ 37.87-94.68
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 189.36 R$ 151.49-258.79
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 31.56 R$ 22.09-37.87
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 21.70 R$ 15.78-25.25
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 22.09 R$ 18.94-31.56
Cappuccino (regular) 14.26 R$ 11.05-15.78
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 7.38 R$ 4.73-9.47
Water (12 oz small bottle) 6.68 R$ 4.73-9.47
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 21.46 R$ 14.36-35.84
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 7.54 R$ 5.38-10.74
Rice (white), (1 lb) 4.63 R$ 2.86-8.95
Eggs (regular) (12) 10.04 R$ 7.89-12.62
Local Cheese (1 lb) 19.72 R$ 10.02-39.37
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 18.87 R$ 11.45-28.63
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 20.45 R$ 12.88-28.62
Apples (1 lb) 5.55 R$ 4.29-7.16
Banana (1 lb) 2.51 R$ 1.43-2.86
Oranges (1 lb) 6.06 R$ 3.87-8.55
Tomato (1 lb) 5.18 R$ 4.04-7.89
Potato (1 lb) 3.24 R$ 1.58-5.01
Onion (1 lb) 3.43 R$ 2.15-5.51
Lettuce (1 head) 7.58 R$ 3.95-10.26
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 7.23 R$ 4.10-9.47
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 47.34 R$ 37.87-63.12
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 10.22 R$ 6.31-14.35
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 10.10 R$ 7.89-15.78
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 50.50 R$ 47.34-63.12
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 10.73 R$ 10.41-10.89
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 334.54 R$ 325.07-334.54
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 11.99 R$ 11.05-15.78
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 8.43 R$ 7.36-12.19
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 90.89 R$ 90.89-106.67
Gasoline (1 gallon) 12.69 R$ 11.47-14.34
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 74,851.13 R$ 69,432.26-88,368.33
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 72,644.61 R$ 61,542.23-85,212.32
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 617.66 R$ 378.72-911.85
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.09 R$ 0.47-3.16
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 247.53 R$ 173.58-315.60
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 181.80 R$ 110.46-252.48
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 73.27 R$ 0.00-100.99
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 44.18 R$ 40.24-53.62
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,286.24 R$ 2,367.01-4,102.82
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 47,856.28 R$ 37,872.14-63,120.24
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 193.79 R$ 126.24-268.26
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 139.30 R$ 94.68-189.36
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 318.71 R$ 236.70-378.72
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 388.19 R$ 252.48-504.96
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,926.51 R$ 3,156.01-4,734.02
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,021.21 R$ 2,524.81-3,787.21
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 6,285.35 R$ 4,734.02-8,836.83
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 4,859.33 R$ 3,787.21-6,312.02
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,477.62 R$ 1,026.20-1,893.59
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 909.34 R$ 645.04-1,420.19
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 14,363.62 R$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.52 9.12-14.20

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39 Comments so far

#Californian Resident on Oct 11, 2019 :
This all looks about the same even with the exchange rate for me. Heck, an American style studio apartment goes for about $1,100 USD and that can be for something that is only about 850sqf (about 78.97km) and that's just rent. Gas, electric, Petrol, and food are just as bad depending on the time of year. Living in this state puts us at roughly $200 USD more than the average of the entire USA country, and that's only on the average. City to city there are huge discrepancies. TBH I'm not even shocked.
#John on Aug 05, 2019 :
The government takes half of your paycheck , very high taxes here so unless you have some side hustle it’s tough
#Anonymous on Aug 05, 2019 :
Think hard about moving here , Trudeau is killing this country I wouldn’t recommend anyone to move here untill the monster is gone , the media is all fake news here , things are expensive , if you speak against our leftist government you get banned from all social media , prices are going up while wages stay the same , all you hear is liberal lies around you , it’s like living in twilight zone it’s more like North Korea or Cuba here while people are getting poorer the government should all is wonderful .
#Fotoxic on May 04, 2019 :
Hello there :)

If my family get 7K to 8K per month, with one 4-year old child, can we afford the life in Calgary?

How much does it cost for rent a two bed room apt, and what will be the housing price(per square meters) in a good district/neighborhood with good primary school?

#Jennifer on Apr 18, 2019 :
My hubby and I lived on 32000 In 2018 out lowest year in a lo g time ..... we were lucky to find a place to rent for 1000 mth with utilities included for a 1000sqft upper unit in a four plex with a big yard ... we supported 2 young adults on that.... it was very tight to live comfortably..... once u ad in cable internet 2 cell food and food for 2 weiner dogs.... but we made it threw .

The challenge with Calgary is the government that'sin office .....
And striped alberta of jobs and any an all extra financial gains we had ..... to suport there frivolous spending for easterner provinces that really relied on its province to cover there way.... and enable people to not work or be able to fully suport them self .....

Alberta and its people are very self reliant and in many ways very redneck farming mantality
If you dont have this you will.find calgary and many other places in alberta challenging
To live as out siders find many rude and not friendly but in àll honesty we are quite friendly . As for the people here that are from other war torn countries... many of them have brought there religious issue and criminal ways and has made calgary crap.

We use to beable to allow are kids play freely... now we are unable because it have become unsafe ....
#Anonymous on Mar 26, 2019 :
It’s definitely more expensive here
The prices you mentioned are very cheap compared to what you would pay here
I make very good income about $8000 a month clear I go on vacation every 3 months I go eat in restaurants a lot but most people don’t make that most people only make around 3 or 4000 a month
#Art on Mar 04, 2019 :
Is it really going that bad in Calgary? Just to give you an idea of other places in the world. I live in the capital of an Eastern Europe country and I've got a pretty good income of 920 CAD after taxes (i'll translate in CAD our currency) there, it's above average. And here are the costs for 2 adults and 1-year old baby:
380 CAD for a 2bd apartment
120 CAD Utilities
40 CAD 2 cellphones and internet
80-100 CAD gas and car maintenance
250 CAD groceries
100 CAD clothing
no leisure, no holidays, no entertainment, no restaurants, no savings...barely make ends meet

is it kinda the same in Canada?
#Anonymous on Jan 21, 2019 :
Calgary is the most boring city on earth with the most horrible rude selfish drivers , it sucks here , thanx to Trudeau the whole county sucks .
#Pete on Jan 21, 2019 :
$4000 a month ha ha is that a joke ? Maybe around $3000 after taxes if you are lucky , economy is bad , high unemployment , Canadian loonie has very low value compare to euro or u.s dollar , people are awful here so fake , if you coming from Eastern Europe you will hate it hate its boring here and fake people , the only good thing here are the shopping malls nothing else .
#Sanjiv Gupta on Jan 16, 2019 :
Apartment rent usually includes utilities (condo fees) borne by the landlord
#Weather man on Sep 15, 2018 :
It's only September 15th. Calgary is already nearing zero (C)! WTF LOL!

For reference, Toronto +23, Chicago +21, Boston +18, New York +22

Oh how glaaaad i am got out that frozen deadland hellhole called Alberta YUCKKK!!!
#caden on May 29, 2018 :
thanks this helped a lot for a school projected keep this website up because it helped me a lot and I hop to use it again
#SJ on Feb 04, 2018 :
Chris, try living in BC. Everything is way more expensive and people are even less friendly. My husband and I moved out there to a smaller city (10th the size) for a more friendly, community feel and on top of paying so much more for everything and making so much less (average wage for my profession was $13-15 where as it's $20+ in Calgary), people completely ignore you, scowl at you, yell at you, threaten to beat you up, simply because you went to the coffee shop they don't like or happen to be walking down the wrong side of the street. And people forgetting how to drive when it snows happens everywhere. At least, everywhere in Western Canada. I'm assuming you moved to YYC from the east coast, since you think everyone here is so unfriendly and its all so expensive. Just thank god you didn't go to BC.
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#lauren on Jul 04, 2017 :
Despite my numerous health problems lol Gin ya nailed it. Calgary has the highest MS rate in the world. Everything is backwards here,the people are dim witted and lazy. Calgary is a rascist city run by chubby flat footed inbred rascists. You are probably benefiting from govt hand outs Gin.I would bet my ass on it. I don't know any Calgarians who would survive in the real world.
#Gin on Jun 09, 2017 :
I have to live on $19,000/year. If I can do it, anyone can. Calgary is the most amazing city I've ever lived in. Been here almost 30 years. I'll never move, no matter how expensive it gets.
A bachelor suite can be found for $480 if you don't care what it looks like or what area you're in...
A nice bachelor in the beltline you can find for $670. A small 1 bedroom for $700. Again, they won't be fancy, but most will include your heat, water and electricity which will save you about $170/mth.
I buy most of my "needs" from the dollar store. And I grocery shop on Tuesday's to get the 10% discount.
I drive a newer car too! So yes, it can be done if you aren't spending your money like a lunatic. I have a full and happy life (despite my numerous health problems). I don't feel as though I'm missing anything because I live below the poverty line. It's all about priorities.
#Chris on May 15, 2017 :
Calgary is a joke. Stay Away. Half a million dollars for a shit home, $50 for one bag of groceries, a handful of grapes is $8. It's cold, from Sept-April you have to deal with snow, cold weather, horrible road conditions, massive transit delays, accidents everywhere every time it snows people seem to have completely forgotten how to drive.

Insurance is nuts. Crime is on the rise. Police are scary/mean/abusive/racist. People are far less friendly and most will just ignore you now. You are crammed into over packed trains/bus's like sardines, never mind a seat. There is some new carbon tax so all things energy is now even more expensive, gas, electric bill, rent.

Massive layoff's, low pay, and huge increase in cost of living = Failing City

The biggest problem is the housing, it has gotten out of control, if you are of Gen X or lower you won't be able to pay off a mortgage in your lifetime, let alone get approved for a $500,000+ loan.

Years ago this was a wonderful friendly rich place with affordable housing, plenty of work, lots of money (oil), cheap groceries, cheap gas, a helpful cheerful community feeling that is now replaced with that big city coldness.
#Lex on Nov 02, 2016 :
After going through the comments, I've noticed a lot of people claiming that fairly high sums of money per month won't go very far in Calgary, and I have to disagree. I've lived, studied and worked in Calgary all my life, and I've experienced the hefty prices of other cities (ie. New York City/Manhattan) and it's not at all comparable. My boyfriend and I lived on about $3000 a month for a while when he was at school and this paid for the mortgage, groceries, car payments, insurance, cell phone bills, debt payments, pet insurance (for three big dogs), dog food/toys/treats and vet bills. We might have struggled a bit every now and then, but had we been a little smarter with our finances, we probably could have gotten by quite comfortably.

We make more now, and have enough for all the "luxuries", like vacations, date nights, etc. We don't make close to 8k a month though, and if we did, we would probably be laughing.

That being said, Calgary's been hit with a bit of a recession, and oil companies are dropping employees like flies. It can absolutely be difficult to find a job here, especially if you're not educated in a specific field. I wouldn't say its dangerous - not by a long shot - but there have been more break-ins now than in the past. Chestermere, for example, is a "town" (slash suburb) outside of Calgary, known for being well-off, and they suffer break-ins with vehicles weekly. I've also noticed petty vandalism is being reported more and more there. If anything, Calgarians and Chestermerians might feel more violated than afraid.

Groceries are expensive, but you can save if you shop smart and stick to a budget. Vets within the city are VERY expensive, and if you're looking to save there, I recommend both Pet Insurance and visiting the Strathmore clinic. The housing market is suffering, so rent/mortgages may dip down to sell, but moving to Calgary without a concrete job can be a risk.

Living beyond your means is possible, regardless of salary. 3K/month may not be a lot - especially if you're depending on that for two people - but it's not impossible. Be smart with your money, trim the fat where you need to, and you'll be fine!
#Tricia on Sep 15, 2016 :
#Cody is fair in their assessment HOWEVER, in just the past six months I've seen a climb in grocery costs, insurance (home, auto) due to recent Alberta disasters, food/restaurants and sewer/water service...and of course if you are not average (eg dietary restrictions, medical conditions etc).

I would agree more with other posters that $3,000 may be a baseline number but I wouldn't consider it comfortable. I too have been here for many years, since 1989, and can assure you that the cost of living in Calgary has far outpaced other Canadian markets, like Toronto.

Shared with me recently, in most markets organizations that look to provide sports access to kids consider $50k for a family of four to be the poverty line and subsidy eligibility threshold,, in Calgary they adjust that figure to $75,000. Food for thought.
#Karl on Aug 17, 2016 :
I'm originally from the UK, but I live in one of the most expensive places on the planet, Zug, Switzerland. I thought Calgary was about 2/3rds of Zurich prices and not as expensive as San Francisco, but it's definitely in the top 30% of pricey places to live.

I visited Calgary in July 2016 my Aunt emigrated here in 2000 and has seen dramatic rises in housing costs and the general cost of living. Instability in the current job market means this place is not the utopia it was. This is directly linked to oil prices and effects EVERYONE in the oil "foodchain" even the taxi driver relying on fares from people will be hit. Believe me she lives in a huge house on the South of Calgary and has done very well out of the Alberta boom in the last 16 years.

This is fine when the oils selling but when it doesn't? It means that competition for jobs will be higher, the chances of you losing a job are high, employers will treat the workforce badly as they can get away with it and kiss goodbye to free Stampede tickets every summer dude to cost cutting.

As in Switzerland of course it's possible to live on X CAD per annum if you want to live in a tent in the middle of a freeway in -35c temperatures whilst eating only rice and noodles. Perhaps you want to steal from the neighbours their wifi and their dogs dinner too? Or you get to live in a crack den.

I've looked seriously into a move and I'd say 8k per month (this is nothing compared to Switzerland, UAE or HK I might add) 2 adults + 2 kids with a reasonable standard of living where you can pay, play and save for a rainy day. Then again are you willing to take the gamble as long as the Middle East keeps pumping Oil? I'll wait and see I think.
#John on Aug 10, 2016 :
#Cody you say You can live comfortably in Calgary for $3,000/m after taxes...
How can this be translated in a salary? Is it near 45000$?
#John on Aug 10, 2016 :
I just had an offer for 46000$ in Calgary...Is this ok for a young couple?
#Amanda on Jul 10, 2016 :
Hi my boyfriend and I are thinking of moving to Calgary in 2 years or so currently we live in Ontario, my step dad has a house that he's opening to us. Any advice on if this is a good idea or not? I currently work in the food services at a university and he works for a turf company. How hard is it to find a job? Do we have to redo our licence? How are utilities price wise? Any ideas how much we should both make together in order to live comfortably or thrive?
#Cody on Jul 08, 2016 :
You can live comfortably in Calgary for $3,000/m after taxes.

Rent - $1250/m

Utilities - $100 to $300 depending if its a house, condo or apartment. Some rentals with a few condo's include heat and water.

Internet - Free at the library, or about $75/m

Cable for TV - Google Shaw or Rogers but its probably $50/m, or buy a Android TV for $100 and there is no monthly fees.

No need for a land-line anymore.

Cell Phone - $40/m (Rogers, Bell, Telus plus their sister companies and other virtual providers)

Grocery Bill - $250/m

Entertainment - $150/m (Movie Theater, Stand-Up Comedy)

Bus Pass - $100/m
Low-Income Bus Pass -$44/m

Insurance - $100/m
Gas - $100/m
Repairs - Unknown

Private Medical Plan $50/m to $100/m (Bluecross, Greenshield)

All you can eat dinner buffet $15, lunch $10. Fast Food combo's $10. Subway 6" sandwich is $4.50.
A can of pop is $2.00, 2L pop is $3.50. 1L milk is $3.50. Sliced Bread is $4.

A cheap vehicle is $500, average decent used vehicle is $1500. You need Registration, Insurance and license plate along with a drivers license. You will be considered a new driver so with Alberta's privatized insurance you will pay more then BC and its provinvial government insurance called ICBC. Fuel varies from $0.90 to $1.10 on any given day within the city. One gas station can have a price of $1.25 and another down the road abit will be $1.00. Centex is a good gas station to buy gas from. At vehicle repair shops its common for the counter slicksters to get paid commission. Canadian Tire is like that.
#Matt on Jul 08, 2016 :
Lastly - I have lived in Calgary since the early 1980's. I have worked up North in the oil camps. I remember specifically lots of immigrants working meanial jobs (bus drivers, janitors, food service) but they rake in the cash. Long 12 hour days for 2 or 3 weeks at a time. Then 1 week off. Long drive up there too. Some take the Greyhound. Others have the company fly them in. They are the more valued workers. You can be a roughneck on the oil rigs. Get a license, a reliable 4x4 and H2S Alive, First Aid/CPR and the clothing. Pay rate is $350/day for a Leasehand/Roughneck. I usually google "Rig Count" to see how the market is. If you are a good worker they keep ya, if you are not they kick ya loose quick. Cash daily jobs at Temporary Employment Agencies like TLC dont pay much but its cash daily. Usually sweeping construction sites, cleaning up or loading unloading trucks. Used to be $10/hour cash minus $3 if you dont have a bank account. They can provide steel toed boots and hard hat/safety vest. Easy jobs are the Traffic Flaggers. But you'd need good english skills.

I knew a Russian women that cut my hair, she spoke really good english after only 5 yrs in Canada.
Haircuts are $20 plus tip, you can find the rare place that will cut your hair for $15 or $10.

Tips for waitresses/waitors are 10%. Never tip a taxi as its expensive.

Car2Go is a great service for short 1 or 2 hour trips. They got cars everywhere. I usually go for their 4 door Mercedes as they are powerful turbos. The wimpy Smart cars are suprislingly great in the winter.

Car rentals from an agency is about $40/day. Sometimes they can be cheaper. I got them as cheap as $15/day a month ago. You need $300 on your credit card. They dont accept pre-paid credit cards.

Taxi's are always driven by immigrants/minorities. I havent used a taxi in a long time, but its about $10 for a 1km ride.

You can take a bus to the airport. Think its the #304 bus goes there. But getting on the bus from the airport is $8. Unless the bus driver is having a smoke/bathroom break then you can sneak on ;)

Airdrie has a bus that goes to downtown Calgary. I never used it. Maybe Okotoks/High River has one too I do not know.

No buses go out to Cross-Iron Mills mall. Not yet anyway. Just a bus for their employees.

The Century Downs Casino/Racetrack is not a Casino, but slots. OTB is at Schanks South and North. Edmonton has a racetrack too. Casinos are Elbow, Stampede, Barlow, Blackfoot, Grey Eagle. Grey Eagle has a Bingo hall where you can smoke. Thats the only place. Very few natives work there. Another Casino on the way to Banff, at the Nakisa/Kanaskis turn off. Not many people there at all.

Banff is over-rated. Good for a few days. Lots of Asians tourists. Expensive hotels.

Stampede is worth it to go atleast once. Its the same thing every year. If you like to party and get drunk then thats your thing. 10 days. First week in July. Same rides every year. Different concerts. Coke stage is free concerts with admission. Saddledome is paid concert tickets PLUS Stampede admission. Beer tents downtown on 4th street, 10 ave alley. 4street&17 ave. Its all a gong show, I usually leave Calgary when Stampede comes. Too many.... stupid people, drunk people, too many tourists wearing cheesy cowboy outfits.

Calaway Park is another attraction for children. They got a campsite there too.

Skiing in the winter is expensive. Lift tickets are $100, food is pricey. Sunshine Coach bus is available. Rentals of ski equipment are costly too. The new thing is mountain bike riding the ski hills. Canada Olympic Park has one. Dunno about the major ski hills.

Golf is expensive too.

Schanks North/South has a virtual golf machine, a real mini putt, a few arcade games, lots of pool, OTB. A beer is $5 to $8. Liquor store is $1.50 to $2.00 a can for your brand name beers. Vodka bottle is $20.

Watch out for the Red Light camera's at intersections. Expensive tickets now. I got nailed for $280 for speeding. The red light camera's have speed sensors too.

Parking is expensive downtown. $300/m for a stall. Car2Go you dont pay for parking at city lots or on street. A garage rental is $200 for a double, $100-$150 for a single garage. Storage is $200 for a single car garage size. Secured though. Not heated.

Tim Hortons food is all frozen and reheated by philapeno's. No more bakers or fresh donuts. If you want fresh go to a grocery store. Timmies is famous for their coffee. Even their soup comes in frozen, bagels too come in frozen. Nothing fresh there, just there new salads.

Chicken on the Way is a classic famous Calgary restaraunt.
Peters Drive-In on 16Ave N the Trans Canada is too.
Burger joint on Edmonoton Trail called Boogies Burger.

Bars I dont know, I dont drink anymore. Melrose is closed down. Revamped into another yuppy bar.
Some liquor stores are open from 10am to 2am. Some alcoholics mentioned the airport was a good place to grab some booze before 10am. But probably not after 2am as I think the airport is closed.
Prices are different from store to store.
#Mark on Jul 08, 2016 :
Another note, all the crime is due to domestic violence/rape or drugs-dealing/buying or money.

Always use common sense.

Sally Ann meals cost money, but its cheap like $3. They sling bread everyday at the front door. is Canada online classifieds. Gas is currently $0.92/Liter. Insurance is $90/m for 30+ yrs old good record. Miss payments, cancel policy means next time you pay full year upfront.
No Insurance fine is $3000 or 45 days in jail with 1 year to pay.

Used bicycles at Goodlife Community Bicycle on 4th street and arund 27 Ave in the strip mall. Or your local bum can get you one cheaper ;)

When buying a vehicle make sure it was last registered in Alberta. You can check at the Registry, get the VIN for the vehicle. Pick N Pull sells used vehicles at cheap prices and

YMCA gym/pool membership is $40/m, but I get mine for $20/m with a letter from a social agency. Lindsey Park now called the Talisman Center is a good spot too. World Health has locations but its expensive.

Sikome Lake in Fishcreek Park at River and Highway 22X is not free anymore. They have to do upgrades so it will cost you money now. Splash parks are around. Eau Claire Market, and South of SAIT college.
#Mark on Jul 08, 2016 :
Lots of mis-information here. I came to look at what it would cost for utilities per month for a house. I have only lived in well insulated condo's in Calgary built since 2000. Condo's charge condo fees. Cheap is $250/m all the way up to $600+/m. But condo's can be as low as $150,000, average is about $250,000. Cheap freehold houses are $350,000. You can look at for prices. Renting a room can be $400/m, average is $500/m. Apartments are about $1000/m to $1200/m. Transit is $9 day pass, $3.15 for 90 minutes, $100/m or $44 for welfare bus pass.
The "hoods" are Forest Lawn/Dover/Erin Woods/Penbrooke and area. The slums are Marborough and North from there. Lots of immigrants and poor people there. Party time is along 17 ave SW. Its loud so you want something a few blocks off. You pay a premium for being so close to downtown. Lots of bums down there. Especially 17 Ave and 14 Street. All the nice area's are South of Glenmore Trail. Of course Crowchild and Sarcee area's. Then you get into U of C area. Still respectable, more so then the hoods and slums. Please remember that Calgary has far less crime then Edmonton. E-Town has 50+ murders per year, while Calgary has 15 to 20. Alberta only pays 5% GST while other provinces pay a total of 12 to 15% on their goods. You get higher paying jobs here too. There seems to be more bums spread out now, in front of Walmart and such. Bums in Calgary never starve and they always have a roof over their heads if they choose. Mustard Seed has a warehouse for them to sleep and eat its up in the Foothills Industrial Park. The Drop In Center downtown has mats and food, same with the Salvation Army a few blocks away. They all give out 3 meals a day, plus the Food Bank and the religious groups that sling their message and food with kool-aid ;)

Calgary can get quite cold in the winter. The Drop In centre has a clothing area. Marks Works Warehouse sometimes donates their wares. I got free heated boots from them once. Sally Ann was slinging the donations years ago. Winter jackets every year. Used not new. Just saying if you see a bum with a sign that says "Hungry" they are lying. Inform them of the DI, SA and Seed and they laugh at you. Lots of bums picking bottles, but they seem to pick bins that are picked 100 times a day at the c-train stations.

Cops drive unmarked Fords. Photo radar are in Ford F150's. Saw a BMW motorcycle pigs once in Calgary, it had BC plates on the bike though, which was odd.

What else to say? Stony Trail is a good alternative to Deerfoot during rush hour. Its always empty, but its a longer drive too.

Cheap Hotels, used to be called HoJo's on Macleod Trail and 50 Ave. As cheap as $50/night, up to $100/night. Rooms smell nasty. Like the TNC up in the hood. Motel Village is another cheap motel/hotel area. Lots to choose from. Use You can camp too, by Canada Olympic Park, Symons Valley or if you find a good spot in Fishcreek Park go for it. Bums do. Just camo it good.

Hawks helicopter annoys me because its loud. Hawks is the police helicopter. They always fly low. There is only one other helicopter which is the Traffic Heli. Plus the medical heli too.
#Max on Jul 02, 2016 :
If you're paying $166 for Basic Electric/Hydro, then you're getting ripped off. I managed to get mine down to $39, $40.03 and $47.71 in the past three months.
#Jingo on Jun 06, 2016 :
Lots of opportunities in Calgary you name it, a bit expensive but you get use to it as long as you have work, find a job is not that difficult just need patience same as other cities in the world. Pharmacist, truck drivers, engineers any profession might work, but remember if you want to settle in new place you have to be flexible in any ways in order to live while looking for the great opportunity that will fit yourself.
#ART on May 09, 2016 :
Lots or rapes and muggings every day in Calgary? Really? You do realize Calgary is a city of 1.2 million people, but for its size, it is remarkably safe. I was born and raised here, and I have always felt nothing but safe, wherever I go in the city, day or night. Yes, there are some rough areas to avoid, but even those areas are nowhere as bad as other rough/ghetto areas in other cities of the world of comparable size. Like I said, Calgary has its share of crime and violence, but its far from being a dangerous city.
#Anonymous on Mar 18, 2016 :
Hi,am European citizen and planning to move to Calgary live and work. And my profession in Truck driver with 8 years experience. My question is is it possible for me to come and find job and be able to live there?
#Dinho on Feb 14, 2016 :

Pharmacists in calgary are valued? I wanna go to Calgary to study english in the University of Cal., is it interesting?

Sorry for my spelling errors, but my english is very limited.

Can somebody help me?

Euder Dias
#aksh on Jan 17, 2016 :
hlw, what are the minimum prices there to livve in a rental room for a person.
#Parisian on Dec 31, 2015 :
Ok ok ok ! I'm a french guy from Paris. I spent time in Calgary from 2014 till July 2015. So I can compare both cities. I love Calgary but it was very very expensive to live there. I think with the downturn, the rents are down right now but the groceries were very expensive, far more than Paris. Even for the rents (you don't have to do the change because you don't earn $CA in Paris or € in Calgary), mine was 1500$CA monthly for a 550 sq feet. I can definitely have that size for 1500€ in a central district in Paris for sure. For the groceries, the best is to go to Save on Foods where you could find some good deals. The clothes for that point were really cheaper than Paris. The transport were expensive, 3$CA a ticket (1,80€ in Paris), 95$CA the monthly pass (70€ in Paris for all the zones). For the phones, I had once a 231$CA bill (ouuuuch! but that's my fault) with Telus, in Paris with Free it's 15€ (or 2€ if you have Free at home), internet was close 100$CA than 30€ in Paris.

So yes Calgary is as expensive than Paris if not more. But Calgary is a lovely city, beautiful and peaceful, I travelled a lot around and I didn't find in North America an underrating charming city as Calgary. Friendly and welcoming people, made me feel that place as home, even right now that I'm in Paris, I call Calgary my home. If you have a great position with great salary, go on because there's definitely a great quality of life in Calgary.
#KennethIsSmokingTheGoodStuff on Dec 29, 2015 :
As expensive as Paris or New York? That's far more than a small exaggeration.
#Kenneth on Nov 12, 2015 :
Unless you still have a job in oil and gas Calgary is on par with Paris and New York without the culture or ambiance. Also it is becoming a very dangerous to take the mass transit after night fall. Lots of rapes and muggings every day.
#Anonymous on Oct 20, 2015 :
FYI - Saskatchewan has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. Think multiple times before moving to Calgary or anywhere else in Canada.
#Laura on Oct 20, 2015 :
If you're coming to Calgary, DO NOT LIVE IN SAGE HILL. It is the most boring place on earth! It was my regret that I bought a property here and now I am having a hard time selling it. It's kinda tough because the most accessible and convenient locations to downtown are flood zone areas....just an honest opinion though!
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