2018 First Semester Living Costs: The Price of Going to University Abroad

Data has been revealed on the first semester living costs for international students relocating to university in 80 popular cities around the globe.

2018 First Semester Living Costs: The Price of Going to University Abroad

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 Berlin, Germany, 19/07/2018 - Data has been revealed on 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. 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

18

Melbourne

Australia

$425.13

$397.45

$47.55

$58.72

$686.07

$109.35

$1,724.26

$10,345.58

The University of Melbourne

$3,216.25

$13,561.83

19

Oslo

Norway

$653.00

$455.58

$44.45

$34.73

$908.73

$89.52

$2,186.01

$13,116.03

University of Oslo

$74.00

$13,190.03

20

Zurich

Switzerland

$87.00

$532.18

$53.34

$106.73

$1,193.96

$92.16

$2,065.37

$12,392.21

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

$585.34

$12,977.55

21

Copenhagen

Denmark

$330.80

$352.83

$38.64

$17.59

$634.89

$63.05

$1,437.82

$8,626.90

University of Copenhagen

$3,277.89

$11,904.79

22

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia

$271.54

$145.55

$31.53

$15.25

$425.86

$25.32

$915.05

$5,490.28

Universiti Malaya (UM)

$6,110.00

$11,600.28

23

Auckland

New Zealand

$202.07

$355.66

$55.88

$63.70

$694.34

$104.66

$1,476.31

$8,857.89

Auckland University of Technology

$2,516.00

$11,373.89

24

Dublin

Ireland

$116.88

$466.39

$61.18

$35.18

$611.47

$140.74

$1,431.83

$8,591.00

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

$2,480.00

$11,071.00

25

Tokyo

Japan

$53.36

$403.75

$38.30

$76.08

$964.99

$99.50

$1,635.98

$9,815.89

The University of Tokyo

$1,192.03

$11,007.92

26

Barcelona

Spain

$70.00

$333.01

$44.59

$41.05

$484.56

$60.99

$1,034.19

$6,205.16

Universitat de Barcelona

$3,539.36

$9,744.52

27

Hanoi

Vietnam

$145.00

$148.26

$8.11

$23.55

$350.42

$9.50

$684.83

$4,108.99

RMIT Hanoi University

$5,606.80

$9,715.79

28

Essen

Germany

$70.00

$176.68

$32.07

$35.17

$622.76

$76.23

$1,012.92

$6,077.50

University of Duisburg-Essen

$3,553.00

$9,630.50

29

Medellin

Colombia

$67.00

$134.96

$36.20

$24.50

$265.47

$21.85

$549.98

$3,299.90

Universidad de Antioquia

$5,774.27

$9,074.17

30

Paris

France

$115.71

$490.72

$25.28

$51.49

$720.03

$82.10

$1,485.32

$8,911.95

Ecole normale supérieure, Paris

$92.98

$9,004.93

31

Milan

Italy

$70.00

$355.54

$34.14

$35.18

$629.53

$41.05

$1,165.44

$6,992.63

Politecnico di Milano

$1,935.43

$8,928.06

32

Seoul

South Korea

$45.00

$208.97

$19.87

$18.95

$927.36

$54.11

$1,274.26

$7,645.58

Seoul National University

$1,091.70

$8,737.28

33

Vienna

Austria

$174.00

$448.82

$27.99

$11.61

$568.19

$56.30

$1,286.90

$7,721.42

Vienna University of Technology

$852.56

$8,573.97

34

Brussels

Belgium

$233.72

$269.36

$34.34

$46.91

$628.40

$57.47

$1,270.20

$7,621.18

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

$851.88

$8,473.06

35

Shanghai

China

$30.00

$282.99

$15.03

$92.17

$548.63

$31.49

$1,000.31

$6,001.88

Fudan University

$2,249.05

$8,250.93

36

Prague

Czech Republic

$112.68

$185.66

$18.10

$28.15

$347.50

$23.87

$715.95

$4,295.71

Charles University

$3,516.36

$7,812.07

37

Bangkok

Thailand

$80.00

$169.43

$17.67

$20.92

$516.36

$37.35

$841.74

$5,050.43

Bangkok University

$2,753.74

$7,804.17

38

Düsseldorf

Germany

$70.00

$237.15

$33.69

$35.17

$812.59

$82.10

$1,270.70

$7,624.21

University Duesseldorf

$81.74

$7,705.95

39

Karlsruhe

Germany

$70.00

$266.63

$33.10

$35.17

$517.77

$66.85

$989.53

$5,937.16

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

$1,762.52

$7,699.68

40

Frankfurt am Main

Germany

$70.00

$384.38

$31.31

$35.17

$609.30

$100.86

$1,231.02

$7,386.13

Universität Frankfurt am Main

$305.02

$7,691.15

41

Moscow

Russia

$218.03

$256.85

$5.59

$10.12

$293.13

$26.33

$810.05

$4,860.31

Lomonosov Moscow State University

$2,724.85

$7,585.16

42

Mexico City

Mexico

$160.00

$152.14

$19.67

$43.11

$310.91

$16.84

$702.67

$4,216.05

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

$3,333.00

$7,549.05

43

Stuttgart

Germany

$70.00

$230.17

$34.67

$35.17

$500.46

$93.83

$964.30

$5,785.80

Universität Stuttgart

$1,761.82

$7,547.62

44

Lyon

France

$115.71

$263.16

$25.28

$51.49

$712.50

$70.37

$1,238.51

$7,431.05

École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

$92.28

$7,523.33

45

Munich

Germany

$70.00

$454.67

$33.34

$35.17

$557.56

$75.06

$1,225.81

$7,354.86

Technische Universitat München

$151.81

$7,506.67

46

Madrid

Spain

$70.00

$313.63

$45.17

$41.05

$461.70

$64.04

$995.59

$5,973.57

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

$1,401.16

$7,374.73

47

Strasbourg

France

$115.71

$230.20

$25.28

$51.49

$726.52

$56.88

$1,206.08

$7,236.46

University of Strasbourg

$92.28

$7,328.74

48

Beijing

China

$30.00

$244.23

$15.03

$92.17

$461.05

$30.73

$873.22

$5,239.29

Tsinghua University

$1,989.74

$7,229.03

49

Mannheim

Germany

$70.00

$215.77

$34.61

$35.17

$468.76

$79.17

$903.48

$5,420.87

University of Mannheim

$1,761.82

$7,182.69

50

Montpellier

France

$115.71

$238.38

$25.28

$51.49

$682.40

$58.64

$1,171.89

$7,031.36

University of montpellier

$92.28

$7,123.64

51

Lisbon

Portugal

$115.00

$238.38

$27.12

$31.06

$379.58

$42.22

$833.35

$5,000.12

University of Lisbon

$2,114.18

$7,114.30

52

Bordeaux

France

$115.71

$195.16

$25.28

$51.49

$714.95

$35.18

$1,137.77

$6,826.62

University of Bordeaux

$92.28

$6,918.90

53

Hamburg

Germany

$70.00

$301.02

$33.44

$35.17

$593.69

$98.52

$1,131.83

$6,791.00

Universität Hamburg

$81.74

$6,872.74

54

Toulouse

France

$115.71

$220.77

$25.28

$51.49

$660.57

$53.95

$1,127.77

$6,766.64

Université Paul Sabatier

$92.28

$6,858.92

55

Nice

France

$115.71

$273.35

$25.28

$51.49

$608.46

$36.36

$1,110.65

$6,663.88

University of Nice Sophia Antipolis

$92.28

$6,756.16

56

Nantes

France

$115.71

$281.87

$25.28

$51.49

$542.51

$73.89

$1,090.75

$6,544.51

University of Nantes

$92.28

$6,636.79

57

Lille

France

$115.71

$232.97

$25.28

$51.49

$598.30

$58.05

$1,081.80

$6,490.79

Université de lille

$92.28

$6,583.07

58

Grenoble

France

$115.71

$208.11

$25.28

$51.49

$620.87

$60.28

$1,081.74

$6,490.46

University of Grenoble

$92.28

$6,582.74

59

Budapest

Hungary

$102.70

$152.76

$13.97

$24.63

$328.12

$36.56

$658.74

$3,952.42

Eötvös Lorànd University

$2,584.00

$6,536.42

60

Berlin

Germany

$70.00

$311.38

$35.94

$35.17

$488.80

$95.00

$1,036.29

$6,217.73

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

$81.74

$6,299.47

61

Marseille

France

$115.71

$240.18

$25.28

$51.49

$541.67

$36.47

$1,010.80

$6,064.80

Aix-Marseille University

$92.28

$6,157.08

62

Cologne

Germany

$70.00

$235.22

$35.06

$35.17

$501.59

$105.55

$982.61

$5,895.64

University of Cologne

$132.78

$6,028.41

63

Sofia

Bulgaria

$175.00

$136.81

$11.06

$20.86

$300.18

$30.01

$673.93

$4,043.55

Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski

$1,938.77

$5,982.32

64

Braunschweig

Germany

$70.00

$187.20

$34.90

$35.17

$477.23

$82.10

$886.59

$5,319.55

Technische Universität Braunschweig

$587.27

$5,906.83

65

Buenos Aires

Argentina

$250.00

$208.01

$39.90

$29.77

$431.79

$18.75

$978.21

$5,869.29

Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)

$0.00

$5,869.29

66

Athens

Greece

$101.82

$179.80

$25.28

$35.18

$435.83

$35.18

$813.11

$4,878.63

National Technical University of Athens

$880.91

$5,759.54

67

Sao Paulo

Brazil

$100.00

$201.78

$32.03

$57.29

$393.03

$60.68

$844.83

$5,068.95

Universidade de São Paulo

$620.16

$5,689.11

68

Istanbul

Turkey

$83.00

$157.72

$16.21

$70.32

$388.52

$60.05

$775.82

$4,654.90

ISTANBUL BILGI UNIVERSITY

$1,016.33

$5,671.23

69

Dijon

France

$115.71

$175.09

$25.28

$51.49

$517.39

$41.05

$926.01

$5,556.06

Université de Bourgogne

$92.28

$5,648.34

70

Hannover

Germany

$70.00

$267.55

$36.90

$35.17

$414.76

$68.49

$892.88

$5,357.29

Leibniz Universität Hannover

$88.09

$5,445.38

71

Jakarta

Indonesia

$45.00

$174.61

$29.35

$11.05

$473.37

$12.16

$745.54

$4,473.26

State University of Jakarta

$869.26

$5,342.52

72

Warsaw

Poland

$82.00

$232.07

$16.28

$5.48

$303.38

$30.15

$669.36

$4,016.17

University of Warsaw

$1,313.58

$5,329.75

73

Leipzig

Germany

$70.00

$177.09

$34.67

$35.17

$477.98

$78.58

$873.49

$5,240.94

Universität Leipzig

$88.09

$5,329.03

74

Riga

Latvia

$105.00

$123.94

$15.90

$17.59

$341.86

$58.64

$662.94

$3,977.61

University of Latvia

$1,318.96

$5,296.57

75

Dresden

Germany

$70.00

$164.34

$37.32

$35.17

$461.14

$69.20

$837.17

$5,023.02

Technische Universität Dresden

$88.09

$5,111.11

76

Bremen

Germany

$70.00

$191.89

$37.07

$35.17

$391.81

$70.37

$796.31

$4,777.85

Universität Bremen

$88.09

$4,865.94

77

Johannesburg

South Africa

$100.00

$150.71

$43.77

$30.29

$337.62

$33.77

$696.16

$4,176.96

University of Johannesburg

$631.97

$4,808.92

78

Bucharest

Romania

$140.00

$107.70

$9.61

$14.07

$295.20

$15.68

$582.26

$3,493.57

University of Bucharest

$1,163.24

$4,656.81

79

Cairo

Egypt

$55.88

$99.95

$16.38

$17.72

$299.81

$7.14

$496.88

$2,981.30

Cairo University

$282.00

$3,263.29

80

Bangalore

India

$75.00

$61.81

$11.10

$27.64

$255.97

$19.02

$450.55

$2,703.28

Bangalore University

$218.98

$2,922.26