Living in Olds

The town of Olds located between Red Deer to the north and Canada’s 4th largest (and sunniest major city), Calgary to the south offers students an opportunity to experience authentic Canadian hospitality but also offers potential students a growing number of amenities, which you would find in larger centres. It is also the first place in Canada with Gigabyte internet speeds.

Olds College offers various on-campus housing options. Visit to see options and costs associated with these options.

Cost of Living Estimate

This estimate is only a guideline. Living costs vary greatly based on the type of accommodation, whether you are sharing accommodations with roommates, and your overall standard of living. All figures are in Canadian dollars (CAD).

All costs per month 

On-Campus Costs

Accommodation: Over 25 weeks: $185.75/wk | Under 25 wks: $210.75

Food: No meal Plan : $300  |  With Meal Plan: $150 - $160 /wk**

Clothing: $75

Miscellaneous: $150

Cost of On-Campus Living Total: $1,268 - $1,686

Off-Campus Costs

Accommodation: $800 - $1,800 per month

Food: $300

Clothing: $75

Miscellaneous: $200

Total Cost of Off-Campus Living: $1,375 - $2,375

*Miscellaneous costs include mobile phone ($50+) but depends on your plan, laundry ($30) may be included in your accommodations and recreation/entertainment/internet/other ($200).
All prices related to living expenses are only estimates.

* If you live in Centennial Village you must have a meal plan.

*Please note as there no direct transportation links between Olds and Calgary you will need to factor in these potential costs*

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Olds is the hub for the towns located between Calgary and Red Deer. The town offers the hospitality and charm of a small town but with a growing set of amenities you would find in larger centers. 

Shopping includes large department stores to smaller specialty shops or growing numbers of international cuisines. As well enjoy fresh vegetables and meat at the Farmer’s market open from May-September but as well at Olds College in the market and greenhouses.

Physical activities are an important part of life of the area. In summer you will get to experience over 16 hours of sunlight giving you plenty of opportunity to use the many bike paths and parks throughout the town or join one of the sports teams in the town or on the Olds College Campus. Enjoy swimming at the Aquatic Centre or utilize the running track and weight room facilities at the Ralph Klein Centre.

If physical activities are not your thing, you can find various activities and clubs in the area. Look at  the Mountainview Film Group ( ), which screens movies from the Toronto FIlm festival every Sunday. In winter check out an Olds Grizzlies hockey game.

To see more details on the Town of Olds, visit their website at

For events and attractions in the area visit the Everything Olds website at .


Just like in the rest of Canada, winters can be cold and summers can be hot. The average January temperature is -4°C during the day and the average July temperature is 22°C . As the humidity in the province is typically low, you can enjoy those January or July temperatures. Olds enjoys 4 distinct seasons, spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Each season requires different types of clothing. Spring can be wet and rainy; summer hot and dry; autumn begins to cool off so scarves and jackets are needed. Winter is where you will want lots of long sleeves and layers. Alberta’s weather can change in a blink of an eye!

With this in mind, wearing layers is important. Even in the summer, temperatures can range from single digits (under 10°C) to double digits (25°C or more) in one day. During the winter months, be prepared to wear hats, mittens, and boots or even what you would wear in the spring (especially if a Chinook comes). 

In winter, Olds can experience a chinook, a warm wind that comes in from the mountains and which can raise the temperatures very quickly.  It  can go from -20C to +11C in just one day, so be sure to dress in layers!