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Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in The United States

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in The United States.

The three main kinds of student accommodation open to undergraduates in the USA are:

• University residence halls – on-campus housing in a dorm
• Private student housing– moving off campus into a private apartment or house.
• Homestay accommodation – living with an American host family

The most convenient and popular accommodation as an undergraduate student is to live in university halls of residence on campus, which costs around $5,000 (£3400) per semester, but includes bills, food and rent.

Private accommodation is often much cheaper, but depends on where and who you live with. As a guide, you can expect to pay between $300 (£205) and $1,000 (£680) a month for a room in shared housing.

America is not the cheapest place in the world to live as a student, but the amount you spend will depend on where you live and the sort of lifestyle you want.

As a guide, public transport in the US is relatively cheap, while eating out and groceries are generally cheaper than European countries but more expensive than Asian ones.