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Canadian student travels two hours to school every week: 'Like taking the bus' | outside

Tim Chen, a high school student, flies about two hours from his home in Calgary to his school in Vancouver, Canada. This decision was made because off-campus housing prices had become too high.

“I thought, why don't I stay in Calgary and fly here, it's an hour trip, it's like taking a bus,” Chen told CTV News. Chen has only two classes a week on campus, and described the unusual mode of transportation as “amazing,” according to a Reddit post. He only uses Air Canada for his expensive commutes and has already made 7 round trips in January.

Chen didn't always commute to school this way. He had previously rented a place in Vancouver, but stopped doing so when he returned from vacation last fall. “I suddenly had to pay about $2,500 for rent. While A non stop A round-trip flight from Calgary to Vancouver costs about $111.

Since Chen only has to go to school twice a week, he will spend about $890 a month while still living with his parents in Calgary. A one-bedroom apartment in Vancouver, the most expensive city to live in the country, costs $1,550 a month.

Living in a truck

Chen claims that he saves money through his unusual commute. “I have a total of three hours of study, and after the lesson is over, I will get back on the bus and go back to the airport,” Chen added. Calgary is located about 430 miles east of Vancouver, but with the luxury of air travel, travel time is reduced to about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

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Chen is not the only UBC student who changed his living situation while still in school. Some of them started living in a truck because they could no longer pay the rent. UBC has an enrollment of 58,590 students and is guaranteed housing for new students, with housing available for returning students and alumni, according to US News and World Report.

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