Best Student Cities in USA- When we think of places with high salaries and cosmopolitan living culture in the USA, we often come up with names like New York, Los Angeles or Boston because of their unique attractions in terms of study and opportunities. Yes, in terms of study each city of the USA has a different flavor on offer. While New York is majorly a city of students who are interested in finance and global markets, Los Angeles offers a perfect environment for culture and business and Boston is a city of the biggest concentrations of educated workers.
USA is a prominent destination for students especially interested in Business, Finance and Engineering. However, it is not only study programmes that attract students. These days most of the students choose to study in a city which has a vibrant culture, social activities, good lifestyle and employment opportunities. For example, California is a popular study destination among students who are interested in technology studies. California is home to top universities like Caltech and University of California which are ranked 4th and 19th in THE Global Employability Ranking. According to the Institute of International Education Open Door data, as of the 2014-15 session, USA was home to 974,926 international students.
Here is the summarised list of the best student cities in the USA based on the analysis of cost of living and study options-
Boston- Being home to some of the top universities in the USA such as Northeastern University as well as Boston University and neighbor to some of the world’s top universities like Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, Boston is ranked 6th in the QS top student cities 2016 ranking. Boston University is ranked 78th in the QS world university ranking, 64th in THE Top Universities ranking 2016 which offers over 250 fields of study. Boston University was also ranked 31st in the Global Employability Ranking 2015 conducted by THE.
Boston attracts students from multiple countries every year specially those who are interested in higher studies and medicine. According to a report by the Institute of International Education, Boston hosted 47,895 international students in 2015. Interestingly, the International Students and Scholars Office of Boston University notes that 43% of the total international student’s population was from China in 2015 which is quite a large contribution. Boston is also ranked the second safest city in America among the large cities according to home security company Protect America.
Apart from tuition expenses, students should be prepared to bear the living expenses in Boston as it is one of the costliest cities of the United States of America. Although some students get relief in tuition fee with the help of scholarships but monthly expenses such as rent, food, transport add to your expenses chart. Minimum monthly rent in Boston is $1000-$2000. However, staying in campus can reduce the rent cost. Here is an approximate figure of cost of living in Boston-
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New York- Living and studying in New York is unarguably a popular choice for many students because of its world class universities and study programmes. New York is home to one of the top universities in the world such as Columbia University which is ranked 15 in THE World Top University ranking. Not to mention of private universities, New York city has many public universities which offer a wide range of programmes to international students. Unlike other cities in the USA, New York city has its own public university system i.e. the City University of New York specially known for ‘Philosophy’ and ‘Art and Humanities’ programmes.
New York is a globally recognised financial center. The city’s famous Columbia University is ranked 8th in THE Global Employability University ranking 2015 and is placed just below Stanford University when it comes to producing work-ready graduates. Also, the number of international students is increasing gradually. According to a report by the Institute of International Education, the number of international students enrolled in NYC universities was 46,870 during 2012-2013 academic year of which Asia was the biggest contributor with over 23.3% students from China and 14.6% students from India. New York is also known as the cultural hub of the USA because of frequent concerts and performances.
Students interested in financial trading and global economics can explore lots of opportunities in the international money trade center; New York Stock exchange.
Although New York has a lot to offer, it is also one of the costliest cities in the world. Expectedly, the most expensive part of the living cost is accommodation which averages on $3650 per month. Here is an approximate figure of the cost of living in New York-
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San Francisco- Being a neighbor of one of the prominent technology hubs -Silicon Valley, San Francisco has secured a place among the top 30 best student cities in the USA in the QS Best Student Cities 2016 ranking. With 21% international students in its total student’s population, at least four universities of San Francisco were ranked in QS World Top University ranking of which Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley were ranked 3rd and 26th in the world ranking. Stanford University was ranked number 7, just next to MIT in global employability ranking by THE. Being surrounded by many financial centres, technology giants and well-known names such as Apple and Facebook, San Francisco attracts thousands of students every year.
San Francisco is also USA’s one of the frequently visited cities because of its coastal lifestyle and sunny climate. Students interested in Art find San Francisco the best place. It is enriched with museums like Museum of Modern Art and off-the-wall galleries.
Apart from being one of the best cities, San Francisco is also one of the costliest cities in the USA. Minimum monthly cost for a student to live in San Francisco area is approximately $900 which is cheaper than New York and Boston. Here is an approximate figure of cost of living in San Francisco -
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Chicago- A fast paced economic hub, Chicago is home to two of the world’s top universities- University of Chicago and Northwestern University which were ranked 10th and 32nd respectively in QS Top University ranking. University of Chicago was also ranked 54th in THE Global Employability ranking. It was ranked 33rd out of 140 cities in Global Livability Ranking. With 19% contribution of international students in total student population, Chicago is a city rich in all aspects whether it is waterfront allure, nightlife, music and fine art tradition. It welcomes students from diverse background with multiple interests. Chicago has nearly 200 art galleries and theaters which keep students engaged who are deeply interested in cultural activities and visual arts.
Chicago is also one of the costliest student cities in the USA. It was ranked 42nd out of 214 cities in Mercer Cost of Living ranking. According to a report from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, an average yearly cost of living for a graduate level student is $16,000.
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Los Angles- Being in a neighborhood of Hollywood and host city of the world’s top university UCLA, Los Angles is ranked 42 in QS best student cities ranking and 16th in THE world university ranking 2016. With 19% population of international students, Los Angeles was ranked 51st out of 140 cities in Global Livability ranking and 312th out of 446 cities in Numbeo safety ranking.
With 18 million population, Los Angeles is the one of the best student cities in the USA and third largest metropolitan economy in the world which attracts employers from all over world to hire fresh graduates every year. University of California, Los Angeles, is ranked two places above London Business School in Global Employability University ranking and is ranked 48th.
The average cost of study in Los Angeles is $40, 500. Apart from study, managing daily expenses for a student in Los Angeles is quite difficult. Los Angeles is ranked 36th out of 214 cities in Mercer Cost of Living rank and one of costliest cities in the USA. Here is the summary of minimum monthly cost of living in Los Angeles.
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