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Most affordable States to Study in the USA

As an international student, budgeting is a very important part of the process of choosing a country to study. The expenses involved in rents, eating out, leisure activities differ to varying degrees from city to city. The US is the most popular study destination among Indian students, but there is a general misconception that it is an expensive country to live in. As mentioned before, each American city is very different than the other. Here we have listed American cities that have most of the top colleges and are affordable options to live at.

  1. Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh compensates for the high tuition fees at the top colleges by offering an affordable cost of living and a diverse student population. All this and a chance to study at a world-renowned university makes this city a great option. Pittsburgh also boasts of modern architecture, quirky neighborhoods, and museums. International students account for 23% of the total student population in the city.  The average tuition fees at Pittsburgh is US$37,000.

The top universities at Pittsburgh are Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh.

  1. Washington DC

Studying in Washington DC means being right at the heart of US history and politics – the White House, Supreme Court, and national monuments and memorials are all located here. The capital city of the US is bound to keep the college years as interesting as they can be. International students account for 13% of the total student population in the city.  Average tuition fees at Washington DC  is US$37,000.

Top universities at Washington DC are Washington University, University of Maryland and Georgetown to name a few.

  1. Philadelphia

If you are a sports enthusiast, this is where you should be. The city’s residents are known for being passionate about the sport at both the professional and university level. In recent years Philadelphia has also become something of a foodie’s favorite. International students account for 12% of the total student population in the city.  The average tuition fees in Philadelphia is US$37,000.

Top universities at Philadelphia are the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel, and Temple.

  1. Boston

Also known as the student city, Boston combines the hustle and bustle of a major metropolis and an abundance of open space, for which Massachusetts is famous. Because of all the intellectual endeavors and presence of top colleges, Boston has earned the nickname “the Athens of America”. International students account for 21% of the total student population in the city.  The average tuition fees at Boston is US$43,900.

Top universities at Boston are Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, Boston, Brandeis, Tufts and Northeastern.

  1. Chicago

Chicago ranks among the world’s top 10 student cities because of the prestige of its universities. The exceptional academic facilities, alongside the social and cultural opportunities offered, will make studying in Chicago more than worth the investment. It scores well in the “desirability” and “employer activity” categories. International students account for 18% of the total student population in the city.  The average tuition fee at Chicago is US$36,200.

Top universities at Chicago are the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Uni. Of Illinois.

  1. San Francisco

SF is known for a high quality of life, without the high cost of living associated with American cities. The city’s rich cultural heritage and laid back beach style blends with cutting-edge and competitive dynamics. International students account for 15% of the total student population in the city.  The average tuition fees in San Francisco is US$38,300.

Top universities at San Francisco are Stanford University, University of California – Berkeley, and others.

  1. Los Angeles

LA is called the ‘Creative Capital of the World’ as it is home to the Hollywood film industry and is packed with galleries, museums, theaters. In addition to state universities, the city also has numerous private universities and colleges, many specializing in fields related to the creative arts. International students account for 17% of the total student population in the city.  The average tuition fees at Los Angeles is US$41,000.

Top universities at Los Angeles are the University of Southern California, UCLA

  1. New York

With 10 top-ranked universities located in the city’s area, NYC has been a magnet for international students seeking the finest education money can buy. Along with that the chance to live in an iconic and dynamic metropolis. International students account for 17% of the total student population in the city.  The average tuition fee in New York is US$37,200.

Top universities at New York are Columbia, University of New York, Stevens Institute of Technology, Fordham among others.