Cost of living
What about cost of living? Compared to every other country in the world, the US ranks as number 27.
That means the cost of day-to-day life (that’s everything from food to transport to rent) is significantly higher than in most Asian, African, and South American countries, but Australia, Japan, and a number of Scandinavian and European countries, too.
When it comes to accommodation, the cost will vary wildly depending on which option you select: a shared dorm room will likely be considerably cheaper than a self-contained studio apartment, for instance, where you’ve also got to pay for bills and food.
The cost will also depend on where you're studying. It will come as no surprise that living in NYC will be considerably more expensive than a small midwestern campus town, for example.