This weekend the University of King's College in Halifax is celebrating its 225th birthday.

The university has a celebration planned with alumni from as far back as the 1940s set to make an appearance on the Coburg Road campus.

A lot has changed in the last 225 years. The life of a King's student looks a little different from their counterparts in 1789, when the school was founded. Here's a snapshot of some of the things that have changed in the past two centuries:

Big spender

There are some pretty drastic differences in the financial lives of post-secondary students. The University of King's College didn't start recording tuition payments until 1855 — here's what some of the major costs were back then.

  • Tuition in 1885: £4 per term.
  • Average tuition today: $4,250 per term.
  • Boarding in 1885: £20 per year from each student for boarding, fuel and candles in Publick Hall.
  • Average residence fees today: $6,600 per year.
  • Making beds and cleaning rooms in 1885: £2.
  • Cleaning today: Students are expected to make their own beds and buy their own candles.

Sauce on the side, please

In the early 1800s, students would pay for and receive their food from a steward. "The steward was at the buttery every morning to service milk, bread and butter, and every evening, to serve bread, butter, cheese, cold meat and vegetables," according to the King's College archives.

Today, students go to a dining hall where food is served almost continuously from 7:45 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Student population

The earliest record showed six students enrolled at King's College in 1803.

The year, 273 students graduated from the University of King's College.

Perhaps the biggest change is who is attending. For the first 100 years of its existence, all King's students were male. The first woman enrolled in 1893.

Now, the student population of the university is about 60 per cent women.