Cost of living in Kitchener
While Kitchener is only an hour’s drive away from Toronto, living in Kitchener is significantly more affordable. Kitchener residents pay less on average than Toronto residents for housing, utilities, food, and even gas.
Cost of Living Comparison: Kitchener vs. Toronto
Kitchener-Waterloo Cost of Living
Compared to Toronto, where average rent for a 915 sq. ft. furnished apartment would be $2,325 per month, residents of Kitchener would pay only $1,555 per month. The median home price in Kitchener is $364,900, compared to $699,000 in Toronto.
Kitchener Real Estate Market
Houses for Sale in Kitchener
Locate Key Resources
The Grand River Hospital is the largest facility in the Kitchener area with 574 beds. Its 15 clinical programs include cancer care, childbirth, children’s care, emergency care, and surgery. The Grand River Hospital is run by over 4,000 staff members and physicians and over 1,000 volunteers.
Grand River Hospital
Hospitals in Waterloo Region
Grand River Transit (GRT) provides convenient daily bus transportation throughout Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge. The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) is a full-service airport that provides nonstop flights to Calgary, Toronto Island, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Grand River Transit
Region of Waterloo International Airport
The school-aged children of Kitchener are educated by the Waterloo Region District School Board, which consists of 121 schools including alternative and continuing education sites. Conestoga, established in 1967, is one of Ontario’s fastest-growing colleges with about 16,500 full-time students. The University of Waterloo is also one of Canada’s leading academic schools with 30,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.
Waterloo Region District School Board
University of Waterloo
Enjoy The City
From familiar brand names, to stylish boutique hotels, to cozy bed and breakfasts, Kitchener offers a wide variety of hotel accommodations at any price point. The Forest Hill Bed & Breakfast is set in a beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright style home surrounded by trees. It offers spacious suites, electric fireplaces, and a deluxe continental or full hot breakfast.
Forest Hill Bed & Breakfast
Best Hotels in Kitchener
Kitchener’s culinary scene presents dishes from all around the world. Enjoy food from Vietnam, Greece, Germany, Japan, and Mexico all within a few miles. The Public Kitchen & Bar will treat you to delicious tapas and cocktails, all crafted in house from locally sourced ingredients.
Public Kitchen & Bar
Best Restaurants in Kitchener
Things To Do
Kitchener is a beautiful city year-round, with plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in both the summer and winter. The Chicopee Ski Club provides ski lessons for all ages during the winter, and activities like summer camps, disc golf, and beach volleyball during the green season.
Chicopee Ski Club
Things to Do in the Waterloo Region