Cost of Living in US

By EasyUni Staff | Last modified 11 Nov 2017
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The cost of living in the United States can differ depending on location and lifestyle. It can be tough to choose the right location. After all, United States has got 50 states each with its own distinct character and culture. Big cities like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago tend to have high costs and quality of goods and other commodities but there are also a number of states offering lower standards of living.

Cost of living USA

U.S. states combine affordability with the arts, nature and other attractions that will allow you to have fun while working toward your goals. The annual cost of living depends on your lifestyle and the type of accommodation you choose, but $400-$500 per week $20,800-$26,000 per year is generally sufficient for most students to live comfortably. This does not include tuition fees, medical cover, textbooks or airfares. Of course, just because a place is cheap doesn't mean you want to live there.

Price Index of General Items

General Items

Price in US Dollar (USD)

Combo meal at McDonald’s or similar 


Meal at an inexpensive restaurant

10 USD

Rent for an Apartment in City Centre (per month)

1500 USD

Rent for an Apartment  outside of City Centre (per month)

900 USD

One-way Ticket (Local Transport)


Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)


Gasoline (1 litre)

0.98 USD

Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment               

160 USD

Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)

41 USD

Depending on current exchange rate these prices might vary.

The table above shows the prices of the general items that can give students an idea of roughly how much they would need to pay for a certain things in the United States on average. These costs might have to be paid individually, but then at the same time chances are that they can be shared for instance the electricity bill or the internet bills can all be shared by a group of people 4 to 5 people.

Posted on 09 Oct 2017
Student Life, Study Abroad, Useful Tips