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Cheapest cities in the USA for Indian students aspiring for a degree abroad

What are the cheapest/affordable US cities for Indian students looking for an American degree?

| 28 Jul 2014 | Updated on 06 Feb 2018 | 23.8K Views
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cheapest cities in the USA for Indian students

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If you are planning to study in the USA, then there is a lot to consider. You would want to find a good and affordable college or university to study in. The next big decision you need to make, is to choose an American city to live in. The USA is an expensive country to live. The city you choose should be affordable in terms of living costs, transportation costs, healthcare costs and other expenses.

With fluctuating exchange rates and the rupee hitting new lows, the cost of living in the USA is an important factor to consider.

Below is a list of the affordable cities in the USA for Indian students to live in.

Tupelo, Mississippi

The birthplace of the renowned singer and songwriter Elvis Presley, Tupelo is a city in the northeast Mississippi. It has a population of approximately 39,000. Housing costs at the city are 33% below the national average.

The cost of living index is 20.8% below the national average. Students can find affordable housing options at Tupelo, which has a median monthly rent of $1,100.

Richmond, Indiana

Bordering Ohio, Richmond is a city with approximately 37,000 population in the city. The cost of living index at Richmond is 21.3% below the national average. In this city, students can find some of the cheapest housing options, with a median monthly rent of $800. Housing costs are 39% below the national average.

Harlingen, Texas

Located in Cameron County, Harlingen is a pretty good affordable city, with a population of approximately 65,000. The cost of living index in the city is 21.5 % below the national average. Housing costs are quite affordable, being 32.4% below the national average. Students can find some of the cheapest accommodation options, with a median monthly of $1,200.

Conway, Arkansas

Conway is the 7th largest city in Arkansas, with a population of 65,000. The cost of living index at Conway is 22.2% below the national average. Students can find affordable housing options, which is 37.3% below the national average. The median monthly rent is of $1,000 at Conway.

McAllen, Texas

Located in southern Texas, McAllen has a population of 142,212, and has a cost of living index of 24% lesser than the national average. The median monthly rent is $1,300. Housing costs are 39.7% lesser than the national average.

There are several other US cities, alongside the ones mentioned above, that are quite affordable, which have been measured based on different parameters, such as employability options and liveability scores.

  1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  2. Madison, Wisconsin
  3. Columbus, Ohio
  4. Omaha, Nebraska
  5. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  6. Houston, Texas
  7. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Fine the top US institutions to study. 

Conclusion

This is not an exhaustive list, but it’s meant to help an international student find affordable places to live in the USA. The low cost of living in these cities would ease the financial pressure some students face when opting to study in the USA. Consider these cities if you are planning to study in the USA, and if you have any more suggestions to add to our list, please express your views. Also let us know, if you need any assistance to study in the USA. We can help you choose the best university in one of the most affordable US cities.

References: CNBC and Business Insider

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