Living costs in the USA can look greatly different depending on where in the country you are studying. QS Best Student Cities 2024 ranks San Diego as the USAa's top city for affordability and New York as its least. Living costs can vary quite a bit within the same city, too. Alongside accommodation, transport, and groceries, your lifestyle, social activities, and so on can also influence your costs of living.

Tuition Fees

Based on

The University

Generally, the bigger and more prestigious the university, the higher the tuition fee

Your Program

Technical and highly resource-intensive programs can be more expensive

Study Level
Your Study Level

Generally, bachelor’s programs tend to be more expensive in comparison to postgraduate programs because of the longer course duration

Location of the University

The higher the cost of living in the city (and location within the city) where the university is located, the higher tuition fees tend to be

Tuition Fee Ranges

*for the 2023-24 academic year

Public, out-of-state

USD $23,640 per year




USD $42,162 per year


Cost of Living

Your costs of living in the US as an international student depend on a variety of factors. Location is a pretty big factor – London, for example, is comparatively more expensive than the rest of the US, ranging from £1,300 to £1,400 a month. Outside of the US, costs can range from £900 to £1,300 per month. Your accommodation type, spending on meals, transport, lifestyle, etc. all factor into your living expenses.

Costs of living depend on

The City
Location in City
Accommodation Type
Spending on Meals
Miscellaneous Expenses
Miscellaneous Expenses

(mobile plans, gym memberships, subscriptions)

Social Activities
Social Activities

(e.g., movies, concerts, sports events, nights out)

You can estimate your average costs of living using Study US’s Cost of Living Calculator.

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