Here’s an interesting comment posted in the blog.
I wonder if you could answer my question. First of all, I don’t want to share my apartment with any one. How much would it monthly rent cost? Second, as I come to the U.S. in next fall, how could I find a good apartment via the internet?
Is there any site for this and is $30,000 fund per year enough to study in the U.S. for a couple? Or should I have to do part time jobs?
Thank you for your extraordinary web site.
Cost of Living in the U.S.
Refer to articles published previously to get an idea about the cost of living in the U.S. for international students:
- Cost of Living at University of Southern California
- Cost of Living – Monthly Expenses Breakdown
- Living Expenses for Students in F-1 Visa
Apartment rent per month varies among cities throughout the United States. Here is a sample comparison:
- Single bedroom in New York, LA ~ $1,400 per month
- Single Bedroom Apartment – Texas, Florida, North Carolina, New Mexico, etc. – $400 to $600 per month
Since you don’t want to share your apartment, you have to go with a single bedroom apartment and to save money by selecting universities that are not expensive to study at.
Other option would be to rent a room within a home. Then, you have to share their kitchen.
You can find details about apartments from sites like Apartmentratings.com, Apartmentreviews.net. Also, universities have On-campus apartments, which will be more convenient to live in and are closer to classrooms and campus facilities.
Checkout the housing (or apartment) website of U.S. universities. There, you will be able to see the floor plan, read reviews, and some of such sites have virtual video tour of the apartments.
There are lots of students who prefer not to share an apartment or they will have single rooms (within an apartment or house) for themselves.
That’s usually the case with American students, but for international students, it’s not possible to afford renting a single apartment, unless it’s really very affordable.
Stipend – $30,000 per year
This depends on where you will stay, your tuition fees, if you have financial aid or will be planning to work part time, and so on. If you think you cannot make both ends meet, you will have to work part time.
If you get research or teaching assistant position, you will get paid monthly from $400 to $1,500 and be eligible for in-State tuition fees.
So there is actually just one single answer to your question: it really depends on your specific situation.
You could get a cheap apartment, let’s say, for $500 that is 1 mile from the campus versus a $600 per month apartment that is located within the campus.
So you have to decide which one to select. You will typically have to ask the following questions:
- How long does it take to walk for 1 mile?
- Is there a university shuttle service?
- Is it safe to walk for 1 mile during night time?
- How far is the grocery market?
- How cold does it get during winter? Is it possible to walk during winter?
- Additional $100 per month vs convenience?
So the bottomline is that you have to make decisions based on your personal circumstances, needs, and priority. You have to spend considerable amount of time to find answers to those questions.
You can ask current students to give you suggestions and ask them to recommend a few apartments, and maybe even some schools for that matter.
See Also : Outrage Among Students Sharing Apartments