Cost of Living In White Rock, British Columbia

 

White Rock, British Columbia is an ideal option for people who are looking for a lush suburb blessed with beautiful beaches, more sunshine and fewer rainy days. It is home to famous arts and culture events like Taste White Rock festival and Tour de White Rock. 

Before you move to White Rock, it pays to do your homework so you will know whether or not the cost of living in the area matches your preference and income. 

Housing Costs

Based on the Housing Market Report as of January 2021, the average housing costs in White Rock is C$916,764 for a two-bedroom,  detached house. 

 

Detached Unit



# Beds

Dec 14 - Jan 11

3 mo ago

6 mo ago

1 year ago

2 Bd

n/a

C$990K

C$953K

n/a

3 Bd

C$1.5M +32%

C$1.3M

C$1.2M

C$1.1M

4 Bd

C$3.1M +160%

C$1.5M

C$1.4M

C$1.2M

5 Bd

C$1.9M +19%

C$1.1M

C$3.3M

C$1.6M

6 Bd

n/a

C$2.5M

C$1.9M

n/a

All

C$2.0M +59%

C$1.6M

C$1.9M

C$1.3M


Townhouse

# Beds

Dec 14 - Jan 11

3 mo ago

6 mo ago

1 year ago

1 Bd

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

2 Bd

n/a

C$1.8M

C$678K

n/a

3 Bd

C$653K

C$816K

C$657K

n/a

4 Bd

n/a

C$720K

n/a

C$1.1M

All

C$653K -38%

C$997K

C$667K

C$1.1M


Condominium

 

# Beds

Dec 14 - Jan 11

3 mo ago

6 mo ago

1 year ago

Studio

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

1 Bd

C$277K -24%

C$424K

C$473K

C$365K

2 Bd

C$468K -4%

C$652K

C$544K

C$485K

3 Bd

n/a

C$1.9M

n/a

n/a

All

C$413K -12%

C$681K

C$538K

C$468K


Rent

If buying a home is not yet an option, you can always rent out in White Rock. Just like the housing costs, the rental rates will depend on a number of factors such as the location, size, amenities and many others. 

For instance, a one-bedroom apartment that is 13.4 kilometers away from White Rock's city center costs $1,550. The location and condo-style amenities were also factored in the cost since the apartment is located at The Point, where renting is considered a luxury. 



Bedrooms

Average

Minimum

Maximum

1

C$1,750

C$1,750

C$1,750

2

C$2,783

C$2,600

C$3,150


Groceries 

If you've got time on your hands to cook your meals, you'll also have to keep track of the current prices of prime commodities in the market. Here’s the current market pulse. 



Milk (regular), (1 liter)

3.14 C$

 

Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)

2.99 C$

 

Rice (white), (1kg)

7.99 C$

 

Eggs (regular) (12)

3.78 C$

 

Local Cheese (1kg)

9.50 C$

 

Chicken Fillets (1kg)

12.67 C$

 

Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)

4.96 C$

 

Apples (1kg)

3.50 C$

 

Banana (1kg)

0.69 C$

 

Oranges (1kg)

2.50 C$

 

Tomato (1kg)

2.25 C$

 

Potato (1kg)

1.75 C$

 

Onion (1kg)

2.00 C$

 

Lettuce (1 head)

1.32 C$

 

Water (1.5 liter bottle)

2.66 C$

 

Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)

15.00 C$

 

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)

3.20 C$

 

Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)

3.25 C$

 

Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)

14.00 C$

 

Transportation

 

Your daily commute isn’t also a hassle in White Rock because of the variety of options to choose from. As for the cost of the transportation, it will depend whether you’re taking a cab or riding a train.



One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

2.75 C$

 

Monthly Pass (Regular Price)

125.00 C$

 

Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)

4.00 C$

 

Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)

2.18 C$

 

Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)

39.08 C$

 

Gas Prices

 

Of course, if you are driving your own car, you’ll also have to take the gas prices into account. 



Gasoline (1 liter)

1.32 C$


Restaurants

 

Whether you want a nice little wine and dinner or a simple meal from fast food restaurants, White Rock also has a lot to offer for all budget ranges.

 

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

12.00 C$

 

Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

55.00 C$

 

McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)

9.75 C$

 

Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

4.75 C$

 

Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)

7.00 C$

 

Cappuccino (regular)

4.38 C$

 

Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)

2.25 C$

 

Water (0.33 liter bottle)

1.88 C$


Key Takeaways

All in all, the average cost of living in White Rock, British Columbia, if you're living in a one-bedroom apartment right at the heart of the city is around C$2,180 per month. 

It's also important to note that the cost of living in this area is 12% higher than the British Columbia average and 38% higher than the national average. 

 

Its housing is also 118% higher as compared to the national average. 

 

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