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Cost of Living at University of Southern California, LA

Students trying to decide among U.S. universities have to consider the cost of living at those universities when planning to Study in USA.

The cost of living at universities varies a lot between each city and State in America.

Ashwin @ Cost of MS in US

I received my admit from University of South California. I would be living in LA for that. Please give me an estimate of the living expenses per month. Thanks.

Cost of Living @ USC

Adi, who graduated from USC with an MS in biotechnology sent this short write up that explains the typical cost of living for a student from India at studying at University of Southern California (LA).

To start with, the cost of living in Los Angeles is pretty high when compared to most of the other American cities.

Since USC is located in downtown LA, you need to make sure you live in a safe area. This aspect should be given the most concern and priority.

Usually, a studio apartment in a safe neighborhood around USC will cost around $1,200 and a single bedroom will be around $1,300-$1,500.

I would say after sharing, you need at least $400 (max) for rent. Aside from this, for a normal cost of living, another $200 can add-up. So approximately, you will end-up spending $600 every month.

Students in studying in Texas spend only around $250 to $400 per month.

Next – Cost of living in University of New Mexico (one of the cheapest places to live in the U.S.)

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  2. Hi HSB..I am speaking on behalf of my friend who is very much interested in pursuing MS in US
    His undergraduate scores are as below
    VTU university:
    8 backlogs,1 yearback
    final year agreegate:83%
    one good project.
    How are his chances of getting into decent university of rankings between 60-70(hopefully)
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  3. I got admission in california state university, fullerton. Which is about 30 miles from LA. Can you tell me about living expenses there?

  4. which are the possible places where a student of usc can live????

    possible places which is beneficial in all aspects for usc student???

    reply plz

    one more ques:

    what about the part time jobs

  5. Hi.

    Firstly, thanks for the informative post.

    I am applying to USC Annenberg this spring. As someone mentioned the lack of safety in Downtown, what would be ideal neighborhoods to reside in?

    Thanks and apologies for bumping an old thread.


    1. Burbank, Tarzana, Canoga Park, White Oaks, Winnetka, Santa Monica, Mailabu are some areas that are safer to live… usually u can guess from the rent. If u find a cheap place to live, u will come know why cheap…. when u got here u will come to know a lot. Try to live in Dorm for two months so that u can adjust later in the areas of ur choice!

      1. Hi Varun. Thanks for your reply.

        Does USC provide on-campus/dorm housing for its Graduate students?

        Where are you studying?

  6. Tell me the cost in two steps:

    1)MS in CS from USC

    2) Other costs excluding study fees.

    TOTAL for two years ???

  7. I was admitted to the following schools:

    1.MS in Evironmental Engineering @ New Mexico Institute of Minining and Technology

    2.MS in Civil Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology,University of Mississippi and Missouri University of Science and Technology.

    Can anyone offer advice in terms of internship opportunities,aid,cost of living at these schools?I tending towards New Mexico Tech, but i need a second opinion.Thanks

  8. can i know the cost of living in western illinois university and can i get any off r on campus over there

  9. Sir,

    I got admit from california state university,fresno and Fairleigh Dickinson University,nadison campus, NJ, for MS(chemistry), can yougive me some information abt these universities, which is better.

  10. Dude. Studio cost would be b/w 800-1100

    and the rent could go upto 500 including internet and electricity + cellphone 40$ + food – 200-300$

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