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Cost of living in US

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  1. yostra

    yostra Newbie

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    Is there any BHW member who can tell me how much money would I need per day to live in Boston during studies, Tuition, Food and Campus are covered. I ask this because I'm coming in September and really don't have a clue how much money would i need.
     
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  2. zebrahat

    zebrahat Elite Member

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    Here's an informative thread on the subject:

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    http://www.yelp.com/topic/boston-moving-to-boston-cost-of-living-best-place-to-live
     
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    Boston is going to be one of the most expensive places in the country. I'd put it up there near New York in some areas. Good luck
     
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    Boston is very expensive.
     
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    In my area (California) you could get by on 1500 after taxes if you're willing to live cheap or share a place with someone.

    Electricity ~150/month
    Food ~200/month
    Housing ~400(if sharing) or ~800-1300 alone

    You would need a car out here but I imagine Boston has better public transportation.
     
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    You can find out how much the tuition fees are by going to the boston university site..as for the cost of living..it depends on numerous factors..if you want to live at the university campus..or have private accommodation..how much you eat..(some people have 1 meal a day) etc..
     
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  9. yostra

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    I meant just for everyday things like coffee, clothing, going out once/twice a week etc. I got the full ride :D Tuition,food and campus are covered by scholarship.
     
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    That depends on you! :)

    I don't buy $6 coffee or $50 shirts.

    Coffee $5 each
    Clothes $20-60 pants - $15-50 shirts
    Restaurant $10-20
    Movies $10
     
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    Yep I agree with the above post
     
  12. EmpireQuality

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    boston is a very expensive city.
    most of the northeast is.
    you definitely need a decent amount of cash, especially for going out and things like that.
    it all depends on how much money you usually spend.
    i almost never go out so i don't need to put money aside for stuff like that.
    but if your food and housing is covered, then it shouldn't be too pricey for you, $1,000 a month might be fine.
     
  13. brkseven

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    If you need to be accurate, you could get better info if you list what you think you may need to pay for and people may be able to tell you how much those goods or services could approx cost, or give you a range. Then you could do the math and be pretty close to how much you would need for the abitual, yet not for any tempting extras, which in Boston could be, I don't know, maybe a Red Sox game? :)
     
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    Same answer as before. Boston is expensive. The cost of things in Boston didn't go down since you made the first post. lol I don't know what it is about your generation but a lot of the kids do the same thing. My kids are in your generation. One of my kids, who works in Boston btw, asked me the same question three times on the phone today. Smart as a whip. Has three jobs, three degrees, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. But I find myself doing the same thing with her and saying "The answer didn't change since the first time you asked me that." lol
     
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    If tuition food and room are covered what else do you really need? Just leisure money and $500 would be more then enough if you want to keep a tight budget
     
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    You have to state the obvious with that age group. Not all, but a lot of them. My son will go outside with a shirt and pants on in single digit weather and declare that it is freezing outside. Yes. When one does not have a coat on in freezing temps, one usually does feel cold.
     
  17. JustLearningTheRopes

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    I live comfortably off of about 12K a month currently. I'm sure it probably helps that I don't have any credit card debt and my vehicles are paid off. The only bills I have are a few rental home mortgages and my house mortgage and then the basic living costs of internet, phone, utilities, groceries etc. I would say though depending on how you were willing to live you could get by off a couple thousand a month. I would say just for say if you rent, car, insurance and the other required basics will run you 1k easily. Then you would need money for food, clothing, gas, and everything else you don't really think about.