Living Costs

Tuition payments are by far not the only expenses international students have to pay. Even if tuition has been fully or partly covered by grants, the costs of living abroad are still beared by students themselves. These costs vary greatly from country to country and should be considered when making the final decision to study in another country.

Without tuition Tuition
France $800 to $1,500 $10,000 to $12,000
Russia $2,000 to $10,000

(Moscow is the most expensive option)

$1,500 to $3,000
USA $6,000 to $15,000 $7,000 to $20,000
Canada $6,000 to $12,000 $10,000 to $12,000
The UK $8,000 to $15,000 $12,000 to $20,000
Malaysia $8,000 to $10,000 $2,500 to $5,000
Ireland $8,000 to $12,000 $10,000 to $15,000
Australia $8,000 to $15,000 $12,000 to $15,000

Living costs of a foreign student can be divided into settling-in and regular (monthly) expenses

Settling-in Expenses

When a student moves to another country he or she spends significantly more in the first month. These are mostly one-time payments to settle down in a new place.

  • Temporary Accommodation

If a student comes to apply to a college or university in person he or she needs temporary accommodation before the application is accepted.

  • Accommodation Deposit

Some property owners require a deposit for accommodation.  Usually it is an equivalent of 1 to 2 months rent.

  • Household Expenses

This part of expenses includes furniture, bed linen, kitchen utensils, toiletries etc.

  • Insurance

A health insurance is obligatory for a foreign student. Usually it is acquired for a year of for the complete period of studies.

  • Residence Permit

Registration at the local police department is required for foreigners in most countries. The fee is not too big, but there are some added costs, like translation of documents, photographs and photocopies, and more.

Monthly Expenses

The next category of living costs is monthly costs of living in any country. This is the basic list that can be expanded depending on personal needs of a student.

  • Rent
  • Food
  • Medical and dental treatment
  • Gas, electricity, heating, water
  • Internet
  • Mobile phone
  • Laundry
  • Public transport fares
  • Study materials

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