In a comment, Ayan asks about food and lodging expenses for students.
I want to know about the general expenses for food and lodging in the USA, for an average student’s standard of living. I’m applying for Fall 2010 Semester at 8 universities.
Food and Lodging Expenses
The cost of living in the U.S. is directly proportional to the city and State where you live in. It would cost around $400 per month or less to live in Texas, while it would cost $700 or more in up-scale places like Los Angeles (California) and New York (New York).
The figures $400 to $700 were calculated based on typical student from India, sharing apartment with other students. You can get more details from the following articles:
- Cost of Living for Students in F-1 Visa
- USC, Los Angeles – Cost of Living
- Cost of MS in the US
- Student living expenses in College
If you get a part time job in the university, your earnings will typically cover for your food and lodging expenses like:
- Apartment rent
- Food and groceries bill
- Utilities (electricity, gas, internet, phone, etc.)
- Transportation (car, bus, car insurance, car gas, etc.)
- Entertainment (travel, movies, cable TV at home, etc.)
If you get research or teaching assistant positions, you will be able to save money after all your monthly expenses. Some RA/TA positions pay around $1,500 per month.
There are students who send money back home to pay off the education loan.