Studying abroad is a dream of many students. Someone looks for renowned universities to receive good job perspectives, the others wish to pay less for tuition.

There are students, who go abroad to travel rather than to study or with the desire to change the place of living. Reasons are different and choosing a country to study in each student should know, if he or she simply can afford that. Make sure to check out How Much Does it Cost to Study Abroad? (Part 2). Let’s look how much it costs to live and study in some countries of the globe.England2

Being one of the most expensive countries to live in studying in England is also far from being cheap. Whether it is because of Brexit or any other reasons but in autumn 2017 students will have to pay from $12,300 to $43,000 for their tuition depending on the subject they choose.

The National Union of Students of the UK has counted that the average annual cost of living for a student is $14,800. The average monthly expenses for food and groceries are about $180. Living in London is much more expensive and estimated at $18,700 per a year.

Compare the prices in 2017:

Meal in the not expensive restaurant is £12.

A loaf of white bread, a liter of milk, a kilo of bananas, onions cost about £1 each. A kilo of cheese or chicken breast is over £5, while a bottle of beer is £1.50.

Transportation monthly pass is £60.

The basic monthly utility bill is about £145 with the unlimited Internet access cost of £22 extra.

1 bedroom apartment rent is between £650 and £800 depending on how close to the city center is located.


Jeans – £58

Summer dress – £30

Shoes (leather, sports) – £60.


If you appreciate not only a beauty of this country but also the quality of education, you shouldn’t pay a good sum of money for it. With 89 universities functioning in the country Italy was one of the first ones to implement the Bologna Process. The average undergraduate tuition fee in the public university is about $900 – $1100 per year depending on the preferred program. The prices in the private institutions vary between $6,000 and $20,000.

The main thing that differs Italian universities from European ones is the absence of university accommodation. Most higher educational establishments provide assistance with renting suitable accommodation as there are no customary for us hostels. In general, the overall living cost is rather high here being equal to $1,000-$1,500. Smaller cities are not so expensive: living in Bologna, Florence or Bolzano is about  $750. 35% of the total cost is spent for accommodation.

Food price is also not cheap. In average you have to spend $160 monthly for that. Pasta in the mid-restaurant costs between $7 and $15. A kilo of rice, apples, bananas costs about $2. A kilo of chicken breast is $8, while local cheeses are about $13 per kilo.

Transportation cost is between $28 and $37 depending on the city.

Monthly phone bills are about $35-$45.

Clothes here are rather expensive:

Jeans (e.g. Levis) – $90

Summer dress – $35

Shoes – from $85.


Education in Spain can be called rather affordable if you choose public universities. The tuition cost there varies between $700 and $1300. The prices in private establishments are several times higher and ranged between $6,000 and $20,000. There is also an application fee to be paid if you enter the university – about $50.

Accommodation the capital is rather expensive. 1-bedroom apartment rent will cost over $600 in the capital and $400 in smaller towns.

Barcelona is the most expensive city to live in. The average cost of food there is the following: a liter of milk -$1, a kilo of chicken breast -$6, a kilo of local cheese – $13, different fruit – about $2 per a kilo.

Transportation monthly pass is $55. The average utility bill is about $120. Prices for the unlimited Internet are also quite impressive – $40 per month.

Clothes in Spain are also not very cheap:

Jeans – $80

Summer dress – $32

Shoes – from $85.

France2France can boast ones of the most prominent universities in the world, so studying there is prestigious and promising. 83 public universities offer a high-quality education at very reasonable prices. Depending on the specialty you wish to study the annual fee varies between $200 and $800. There are also great schools and private institutions where prices can reach $23,000 per a year.

The average living cost in France differs depending on the city or town you live in. In smaller cities, you can survive for $650. But in Paris, it is necessary to have at least $1250.

The rental accommodation prices also depend on the place you prefer to live: student halls are from $200, apartments – $400 while living in host families is between $250 and $800. Prices in Paris are even more astonishing – rental of 1-bedroom apartment costs from $850.

Prices for food are also different. The highest cost is in Paris, of course. A standard meal in the inexpensive restaurant is $15. Such popular products as fruit, cheese, and a loaf of bread are $3, $15 and $2 correspondingly.

Transportation cost is very high. A monthly pass is over $75.

Utility bills are also higher and are in average $150.

Clothes prices in France are quite impressive too:

Jeans – $85

Summer dress – $40

Shoes – from $90.


China is famous for not only its incredibly fast-growing economy but also for quite high tuition fees for education held in English. In comparison with European countries, it is rather expensive to study and live in China.

An English-taught bachelor degree will cost you from $2,200 per year, while programs in business, engineering, and medicine cost over $25,000.

There are also Chinese private universities where you should pay from $8,000 per a year and UK institutions with a campus in China, where tuition fee is over  $11,000.

Beijing and Shanghai are two most expensive cities to live in China. The average living cost is over $700 there. The living cost in smaller cities is about $400.

There are different types of accommodation offered to the students: students hall’s price range is between $150 and $400,  a small apartment will charge between $250 and $1,000.  Add a security deposit of about $400 and utility bills of $50 and you will get a full cost of living in China.

Food in China is not so expensive as in EU. A meal in a small restaurant will cost not more than $5. Fruit are about $1.5 per kilo in average. Chicken is rather cheap – $4, vegetables are even less priced – less than $1 a kilo.

Transportation cost in Beijing is $28 a month.

Buying clothes in China is also not rather expensive:

Jeans – $60

Summer dress – $35

Shoes – from $95.


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