Living and working
Cost of living

Affordable Cost of Living

With regards to housing, access to healthcare and education services, or for consumer products, the cost of living in Sherbrooke is very affordable compared to many metropolitan areas in the province and nationwide.

In brief

  • Average purchase price for a single family home of $217,228 (2015)1: below average prices in Montréal, Québec City, Gatineau, and most major Canadian cities
  • Average rental price for a 4­½ apartment of $ 608 (CMA – 2015)2: below average prices in Montréal, Québec City, and Gatineau
  • Access to free health care services for all residents as part of Quebec’s health care system
  • Free education from kindergarten to college inclusively 
  • University tuition fees among the lowest in North America 
  • Day care service fees: starting at $7.55 per day (Centres de la petite enfance – day care centers – subsidized by the state)
  • Accessible public transport service


1 Québec Federation of Real Estate Boards (QFREB)
2 Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)