About U.S.A

The U.S.A is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking.

The USA has the world’s largest international student population, with more than 1,000,000 students choosing to broaden their education and life experience in the United States. Nearly 5% of all students enrolled in higher-level education in the USA are international students, and the numbers are growing. From the mid-1950’s, when international student enrollment was only just reaching 35,000, international education in the USA has come a long way.

Any international student wanting to study in the USA will need to obtain a student visa for the USA. Most students are issued with an F-1 visa, and the general outline/process flow for obtaining an F1 visa is as follows:

Living in the U.S.A

Student life in the United States is an incredibly unique experience, especially when compared to the experience that you may get in a country like the United Kingdom or Canada. This is likely due to the fact that many students who obtain a secondary school education in the United States end up going on to university, and it is considered a part of the process of “growing up” in American culture.

Accommodation in USA for international students: Factors to consider

While calculating the cost of living in the US, it is important to consider the city where the university is located. For example, the Boston/Cambridge area, where Harvard is located, is costly; but it pales in comparison to New York City, home to Columbia University, which is among the highest in the US. If you are looking for cheaper options, Kansas City is a good bet as it has a lowly price. Now higher the price index, it is very likely the cost of an accommodation would also be higher. Housing prices and price index in major US cities


University in the city

Price Index

Housing Prices

New York City

Columbia University


$1,795 -$3,764


Harvard University


$1,522- $2,732

Kansas City

University of Missouri-Kansas City


$565- $1,478

On-Campus accommodation in the US for foreign students:  Many students prefer living at on-campus accommodations because on its many inherent advantages:

  1. It’s suited for social bonding – On-campus residences give you an enhanced sense of community and elevate your overall university experience.
  2. It’s convenient- living on campus, you are just a heartbeat away from resources like university library and gym area
  3. It’s economical- why buy furniture and kitchen utilities when you get them for free! Also, you save on commuting costs.

Here is a sample housing rate, for different accommodation types.

Accommodation Type



Rent (2015 – 2016 Monthly Rates)

Apartment Shares


$911 – $1,537


Suite Room Accommodations


Furnished Single

$751 – $1,077


Furnished Double

 $700 – $1,025




$1,191- $2,045 


One Bedroom Units


$1,411- $2,262


Two Bedroom/Family


 $1,512 – $3,121


Off-campus accommodation in US for international students:

If a student can’t find on-campus accommodation, he can go for off-campus accommodation. Many universities in the USA, including Stanford, extend off-campus hosing at subsidized rates for international students. In the case of Stanford, the Single Graduate Monthly rate for all accommodation types (Arastradero West, Boardwalk & Park Place Apartments and Carmel the Village) is $1,083. For couples, the rate is $1,760/month per apartment.

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