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28 Expenses Reviews
3.95 / 5 based on 168 reviews
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Floriane
KEDGE Business School, Bordeaux, France
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Independent
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
Food: around $150 per month Telephone: SMS, calls and 3G = $45 per month Housing off campus: $550 Nightlife: in frat parties, you pay NOTHING Travel: $300 per week-end Cheap accommodations far away the city center ($50 per night just for a room), bike for transportation in the city rather than subway, walk in the city rather than paying the museum, cheap restaurants ... To travel you can use the bus for NYC ($25 one way) or rent a car for any other destinations ($100 per day if you are under 25)
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Travel, Overall, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing, Food:
was the same price as at home.
Nightlife:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Cost-saving tips: LIVE OFF CAMPUS. It's better, you have more space and you have the opportunity to live with other exchanges or even americans. You save $500 per month !
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Christian
Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia
Financial Management, Undergraduate, Independent
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
I found food to be less expensive here than home, that is the main reason for spending less on that. The telephone system in the US is a pain. The fact that you have to pay even though somebody is calling you is enoying and stupid. Drinks are cheaper here than home. It is more expensive to travel in Australia and I feel that it is more to see there than in the US.
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Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Housing, Travel, Nightlife, Food, Overall:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
none
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Bart
Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Independent
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Personal savings<br> A private grant
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
Well, there was hardly any nightlife, and traveling was more expensive because I did it more than I did back home. For the rest I didn't call that much. Housing was more expensive because I rented an appartment with 2 other guys, which was still much cheaper than on-campus living.
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Overall, Travel, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Food:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone, Nightlife:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
none
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Chiraag
Singapore Management University, Singapore, Singapore
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Other
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
The overall standard of living here is greater than back home. Though I did manage to cut back on a few things I normally do to balance it out.
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Food, Overall, Housing, Travel, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Telephone:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Cost-saving tips: Live off-campus, do not take the meal plan and try to find some odd-jobs on campus. There are plenty.
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Ana
ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
none
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
A lot of stuff is cheaper here, but as you are here only once and you do not know when will you come back, you try to do as much things as you can, and that represents a lot of money.
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Travel, Housing, Overall, Telephone:
was more expensive than at home.
Nightlife:
was the same price as at home.
Food:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
none
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Sebastiaan
Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Management Science, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Other
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
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Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Travel, Nightlife, Food, Overall, Telephone:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Buy a car, way less expensive for traveling compared to public transport, and of course nice to have. Make sure to bring an international driving license!
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