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. amar on October 24, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    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)
    Plz replyyy!!!

    • HSB on October 24, 2011 at 1:05 PM

      Why is that your friend is not posting the question?

  3. Sachin Patel on October 8, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    I got admission in california state university, fullerton. Which is about 30 miles from LA. Can you tell me about living expenses there?

    • Neeraj on November 18, 2011 at 12:08 PM

      What were your gre scores? Want estimate scores of this university….
      Need to apply…. plz reply

  4. anirudh vyas on January 18, 2011 at 4:14 AM

    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. Karan on August 25, 2010 at 1:50 AM


    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.


    • Varun Kumar on August 25, 2010 at 1:58 AM

      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!

      • Karan on August 25, 2010 at 3:03 AM

        Hi Varun. Thanks for your reply.

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

        Where are you studying?

        • Varun Kumar on August 25, 2010 at 10:48 PM

          I don't study there and for dorm thing you should better check university website.

  6. Adarsh on July 22, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    Tell me the cost in two steps:

    1)MS in CS from USC

    2) Other costs excluding study fees.

    TOTAL for two years ???

  7. vijay on March 30, 2010 at 1:00 AM

    Dear Sir ,how much expenses for the Pharm D. ???????

  8. Varun Kumar on January 23, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    I live in Los Angeles. About SAFTEY I will say that areas like DOWNTOWN are usually not safe.

  9. bebe on June 6, 2009 at 7:38 AM

    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

  10. Shafeeq Ahmed Syed on May 30, 2009 at 10:59 PM

    can i know the cost of living in St. John's university, New York.

  11. rakesh on May 29, 2009 at 7:53 AM

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

  12. chandu on May 29, 2009 at 6:26 AM


    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.

  13. irum on May 29, 2009 at 6:06 AM

    does usc have spring intake ?

  14. avi on May 27, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    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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