Living Costs in the USA for International Students

最終更新: 22 November 2023 Student Finance

The cost of living for international students in the USA can vary significantly depending on the student's location and lifestyle.

There are many things to consider. Generally, major cities and popular study destinations tend to have higher living costs, and housing is a significant expense, with options ranging from on-campus dormitories to off-campus apartments. Students will also need to consider international tuition fees, what daily budget for food shopping they can afford and whether they will use public transport or own a car, a necessity in many American cities and towns.

Despite the costs of living and studying in the USA, there are many opportunities for part-time work on or off-campus to help offset some of their living expenses.

Learn more about the cost of living for international students in the USA below, and if you would like to apply to study in the USA, contact SI-USA for a free consultation today.

USA Living Expenses for Students: Public vs. Private Universities

Public Universities 

The cost of living in the USA for students depends on whether they want to study at a public or private university. State governments fund public universities and offer lower tuition costs for in-state residents, lower health costs, off-campus housing, and cost-effective meals.

Course Level

Tuition fee

Undergraduate degree

$8,000 to $35,000

Postgraduate degree

$10,000 to $35,000 

Private Universities

The cost of study in private universities is higher than in public universities, and housing near private universities is expensive. They also offer a variety of housing and dining options, and health insurance costs are higher. 

Course Level

Avg. Annual Tuition Fee

Bachelor in US

$25,000 - $50,000 

Masters in US

$22,000 - $55,000

Cost of Living Expenses for International Students

Here's an overview of the significant types of living expenses and average costs, as well as tips to reduce the cost of living:

Type of Accommodation / Average Cost

Cities / Average Cost

Food & Groceries / Average Cost

Mode of Transport / Average Cost

Household Bills / Average Cost

Tips to Reduce the Cost of Living in the USA for International Students

Study in the USA

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