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July 20, 2018 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

Furnished apartment search engine, Nestpick, has released data revealing the first semester living costs for international students relocating to university in 80 popular cities around the globe. From years of experience helping individuals to move, Nestpick knows that the initial costs involved with relocation can vary widely depending on location. To help those looking to move, the furnished apartment and room aggregator decided to investigate the general costs that a student might incur during their first semester in a new city. The index is designed to be an indicator of the cost of relocating to some of the world’s most in-demand cities in order to study, and therefore a useful tool for the increasing numbers of students looking to move abroad. 

This data follows on from a similar study released earlier this year, the First Month Relocation Costs Index, which looks into the financial implications of relocating to 80 cities around the world. This new data outlines the potential costs that prospective students would incur in their first semester whilst attending university abroad, focusing on international students. The first semester living costs have been calculated by determining the average living costs for six months in each respective city, in addition the university tuition fee for one semester, as well as each respective country’s student visa price. For the purpose of the study, the most prominent university has been chosen for each location. 

The full results of the original study can be found here: https://www.nestpick.com/first-month-living-costs-index-2018/?currency=usd 

“Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity for prospective students, and something that is increasingly considered an integral part of education.” comments Ömer Kücükdere, Managing Director of Nestpick. “Relocating means not only experiencing a new city and culture, but also the chance to gain independence, connect with other international students and in many cases, even learn a new language. However, students should be aware of all the financial implications of moving to a new city in terms of living costs and potential tuition fees, as these can vary enormously between different universities and cities. We hope that this data will not only help prospective students to budget and plan for their semester abroad, but also encourage and inspire them to consider new and exciting locations.”

 The table below reveals the first semester living costs for 80 cities around the world, ranked from most to least expensive:

#

CITY

COUNTRY

VISA FEES

RENT

INTERNET COST

PHONE

FOOD/DRINK

TRANSPORT

TOTAL

TOTAL 6 MONTHS LIVING COST

UNIVERSITY

FEES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

TOTAL SEMESTER COSTS

1

San Francisco

USA

$160.00

$915.21

$42.44

$70.37

$1,013.53

$74.04

$2,275.59

$13,653.54

University of San Francisco

$23,775.00

$37,428.54

2

Dubai

UAE

$1,613.00

$515.96

$111.02

$72.81

$531.51

$69.14

$2,913.43

$17,480.59

American University in Dubai

$12,220.85

$29,701.44

3

Austin

USA

$160.00

$390.23

$49.05

$70.37

$612.78

$43.65

$1,326.09

$7,956.56

The University of Texas at Austin

$21,698.00

$29,654.56

4

Toronto

Canada

$114.17

$310.03

$45.69

$70.37

$605.73

$113.22

$1,259.21

$7,555.24

University of Toronto

$21,410.00

$28,965.24

5

Seattle

USA

$160.00

$511.90

$46.09

$70.37

$827.83

$104.78

$1,720.98

$10,325.86

University of Washington

$18,121.00

$28,446.86

6

Vancouver

Canada

$114.17

$318.59

$39.60

$70.37

$692.74

$72.79

$1,308.25

$7,849.53

University of British Columbia

$18,844.95

$26,694.48

7

New York

USA

$160.00

$771.01

$46.52

$70.37

$940.72

$123.23

$2,111.84

$12,671.07

NYU

$12,616.00

$25,287.07

8

London

UK

$426.04

$614.19

$39.13

$32.72

$559.82

$168.71

$1,840.62

$11,043.70

UCL (University College London)

$13,493.00

$24,536.70

9

Manchester

UK

$426.04

$285.69

$39.13

$32.72

$504.51

$64.89

$1,352.98

$8,117.90

The University of Manchester

$14,594.95

$22,712.85

10

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

$57.60

$636.27

$29.39

$32.32

$713.72

$61.30

$1,530.62

$9,183.69

The University of Hong Kong

$10,226.00

$19,409.69

11

Los Angeles

USA

$160.00

$539.39

$46.46

$70.37

$694.53

$105.78

$1,616.53

$9,699.17

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

$8,409.38

$18,108.55

12

Helsinki

Finland

$467.17

$326.25

$28.82

$24.51

$634.42

$61.46

$1,542.63

$9,255.81

University of Helsinki

$8,776.99

$18,032.80

13

Stockholm

Sweden

$113.00

$408.71

$43.96

$36.24

$728.87

$95.29

$1,426.07

$8,556.42

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

$8,807.00

$17,363.42

14

Singapore

Singapore

$90.00

$534.89

$28.08

$38.16

$691.80

$76.69

$1,459.62

$8,757.72

National University of Singapore (NUS)

$7,546.17

$16,303.89

15

Sydney

Australia

$425.13

$579.05

$50.06

$58.72

$723.69

$127.71

$1,964.36

$11,786.15

The University of Sydney

$3,980.59

$15,766.74

16

Amsterdam

Netherlands

$317.00

$486.67

$40.45

$46.91

$593.97

$102.62

$1,587.62

$9,525.73

University of Amsterdam

$4,898.10

$14,423.83

17

Tel Aviv

Israel

$160.00

$415.02

$23.55

$27.21

$613.82

$66.85

$1,306.45

$7,838.69

Tel Aviv University

$5,750.00

$13,588.69

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