Cost of Living in USA for Students

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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Jun 29, 2021 18:27 IST

Cost of Living in USA for international students

Living Expenses

The estimated living cost for the US is around $10000 to $18000 per year, which averages around $1000 to $1500 per month. This includes your accommodation costs, room, and board, food, travel, textbooks, weather-appropriate clothing, and entertainment expenses as well.

Here is a range of costs that have been considered while estimating the living expenses-

  1. Books and study material costs around $900 to $2000 per year
  2. Travel costs within the US will be from $300 to $700
  3. Accommodation will cost between $5000 and $7500 per year
  4. For living off-campus, the cost of renting an apartment will be between $300 and $600 a month but could be higher depending on the location of the school. 
  5. Meals should cost around $2500 a year if you do not eat out too many times
  6. Shopping for clothes will cost more than $500 annually if you are in a cold country
  7. Personal and variable expenses will be around $2000 per year

This table will give you an approximate monthly average expense idea:


Monthly Costs






(home-cooked meals)


International Calling cards


Home Internet


Cell phone


Restaurant meals




Car Insurance


Petrol for car


Weekend activities






Note: These amounts will differ from state to state within the US

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Additional Costs

Students should be able to meet the following costs when they are studying in the US. Costs may increase by about 5to7% per year due to inflation and external factors.

  • Travel expenses between India and US during vacation time
  • Large purchases, such as PC, furniture, or even a rental car etc.
  • Medical expenses not covered by health insurance, e.g. dental care, eye care, cosmetic treatments
  • Additional summer expenses - room and board, grocery costs for the summer months you stay on in the US when classes are not being held
  • Additional expenses such as off-campus transportation
  • Entertainment, social outings, weekend trips
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Hello, I want to study business management in USA. Could u help me find good colleges. approx budget is 20 lakh to 30 lakh full course

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