Five Tips to Keep Costs Low While Studying in the US

July 16th, 2012 by Jennifer Frankel

Do you want to study in the US but are afraid that you can’t afford it? Here are five tips to keep costs low while studying abroad in the US and ensure that your trip doesn’t empty your bank account.

  1. Research cost-efficient cities. Not all cities are created equal when it comes to what you’ll spend. One month’s rent in New York City can cost around four times as much as a room in a college town. Still want to go to the Big Apple? Consider studying in a place that is affordable but has easy access to major points of interest.
  2. Say goodbye to Starbucks. A triple-shot mocha latte with whipped cream might seem like a good idea at the time, but you’ll be out of money faster than you can order your next drink. Invest in a coffee-maker and get your jolt at home. Or, if you find yourself at Starbucks, if you get a regular coffee you’ll spend a little over $1 – instead of a $4 specialty coffee. A few dollars a day can add up to quite a lot over time!
  3. Get a part-time job. You may not be authorized to work in the US, but you may be able to do some work for your college or university. Not only does that get you involved on campus, it may be just the way to earn some additional cash to help cover some miscellaneous costs.
  4. Consider staying with a family. Living with a family instead of on your own in a dorm or apartment could do wonders to keep costs low while studying in the US. Just being present is a surefire way to be invited to family dinners, and they might even want to take you to see something new. In addition to saving you money, you will learn more about the culture and traditions, and have the opportunity to improve your language skills much faster!
  5. Check out the free events. Most cities and college towns host numerous free events such as fairs, markets, outdoor concerts, and festivals. You’ll get a taste of the local culture while keeping costs low. Check out local magazines, newspapers, and even online event calendars for the latest in your area!

These are just five tips to keep costs low while studying in the US – do you have any additional ideas? If so, let us know and share your tips on how you’ve saved money!


  1. Kingstone Simusa says:

    I am a Zambian teacher planning to do degree program to any of the Colleges/Universities in USA. Iam a Diploma holder in Business Studies. I teach Commerce and Principles at Chiwala High School, in Zambia. My financial capacity is very law, therefore I can opt for work (part time job) while studying and that I come with my family.

    • Bryanna Lindblom says:

      Hi Kingstone and Dildora,

      If you are interested in obtaining an international student loan while studying in the US you can find more information here. Regarding working part time during your studies in the US, you will need to contact your school directly as they will be able to inform you on any possible work opportunities.

  2. Dildora says:

    I would like to find some organizations or some source to pay for my tuition. Help me please=)

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