Plan - Time, Finances, and Housing


Graduate School is often referred to as a “Balancing Act”. On top of studying, researching, and teaching, graduate students have a number of other responsibilities and commitments outside the university. Managing increasing financial, time, and everyday life challenges—while staying healthy—may often require additional support and resources. The resources listed below can help you stay on track.

Financial Management

Whether you’re arriving in London for the first time, or if you’re about to enter a different stage in your program, it’s important to keep track of your academic and living expenses.

Graduate Student Affordability Calculator
Use this helpful tool to estimate how much money you will need to pay for your tuition, fees, housing, food, and other necessities for a 12-month (three term) academic year.


Transitioning to Graduate School

Living off-campus next year? Contact Western’s Off-Campus Housing staff for personalized assistance with your housing search in London, Ontario: Services include: Providing tips on searching for off-campus housing; visiting rentals on your behalf (to send you additional photos); and answering questions about leases, bylaws and tenant rights.

Searching for housing before coming to London? You, or someone you trust, should view the property before paying your deposit and signing the lease. Review the International & Exchange Students FAQs on the Off-Campus Housing Services website:

Avoid fraudulent rental properties by searching for rentals with Western’s Off-Campus Housing Services:  You can also book an appointment to have your lease reviewed and questions answered:

Student Experience
Student Experience is home to a comprehensive collection of resources available designed to support you in your graduate student journey. Access information about orientation, time management, carer development and a host of other supports and services customized for you.

How to Survive Your First Year of Graduate School
Nanda Dimitrov, the Associate Director of Western’s Teaching Support Centre, discusses the importance of recognizing the five stages of academic culture shock and offers five tips in Part II of her Academic Culture Shock article on how to survive your transition into graduate school. 


Balancing Life and Graduate School

Graduate Peer Support (GPS)
Every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., GPS offers drop-in hours at the Wellness Education Centre for graduate students. Whether you’re looking to grab some refreshments, attend a monthly GRADTalk session, or simply wanting to check-in with someone, GPS is here for you.

Child Care
Western University provides a number of child care services. There are also a number of before and after school programs for your children (kindergarten to 12 years old). Western also provides a listing of parenting resources, prenatal care, babysitting, and public/private school enrollment.