While you are going to school in the U.S.A. as an international student, you need to save every possible penny.
Studying in the U.S.A. is expensive. Make sure you have a good idea about the expenses involved.
Cost of living is a major factor when selecting a university.
Also, a student’s life style is much different from people who work full time.
Here’s the breakdown of a typical monthly student expense and this list gives an average covering many cities. If a student happens to study in LA, it will be more expensive.
Cost of Living in LA
- Apartment Rent – $75 to $200/month (Can’t avoid it. More roommates = less rent)
- Electricity – $10 to $25/month
- Food – 150+/month (Depends on Eating Habits)
- Laptop – $450 – $1,500 (One time investment)
- Cell phone – $35 to $70(iPhone costs more, landline not required)
- Public transportation – $30 (usually for students it’s free)
- Books/Textbooks – $50 – $150/quarter (Get books from friends or buy used books)
- Shopping/travel – $20 to $50/month (It varies)
- Calling cards – $5 to $20/month (free – Skype, GTalk, etc.)
- Car – $1,500 – $3,000 (How to buy a used car)
- Car maintenance – $80 to $100/month (Includes – insurance, gas, service, parking)
- Gifts to GFs/BFs – Unlimited
How much did I spend while in school?
- Apartment Rent – $75 (yeah it’s just $75)
- Electricity – $10 – $15
- Food – $125/month
- Laptop – $1,500 (Fujitsu Lifebook)
- Cell phone – $45 (I got my cellphone almost towards the end of my M.S.)
- Landline phone – $5
- Internet, Cable TV, Netflix – $15
- Books/Textbooks -I got most of my books from friends/seniors
- Shopping/travel – $50 to $100/month (It varies)
- Calling cards – $10 (Used Yahoo Messenger – Voice chat)
- Car – $600 (My first Car, shared the cost)
- Car maintenance – $50 ($100/2 insurance, gas, service, parking)
- Gifts to GFs – $0 (Poor Me!!)
Next – Cost of Living at the University of Southern California (One of the most expensive places to live in).