The cheapest (and most expensive) cities for student rent

Students hoping to study in New York, Boston or London will be charged the most per week for rent, a new study has found

May 24 2017
Most expensive cities for students

New York, Boston and London are the world’s most expensive cities for students to rent in, according to a new report.

The report analyses the weekly rent spent by students who were studying abroad in 92 cities worldwide last year. It was carried out by Student.com, a website that allows students to book accommodation while they are studying overseas.

On average, according to the site's data, students in New York, Boston and London spent the most on rent globally, while students in Auburn (Alabama, US), Athens (Georgia, US) and Tallahassee (Florida, US) spent the least.


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In New York, students spend an average of $431 USD (£333)* on their rent a week, almost double the global average ($218 or £168), according to the report. In comparison, students in Auburn spend on average $96 (£74) a week.

The results were based on a representative sample size of more than 8,000 students who booked accommodation in 92 cities around the world between 1 November 2015 and 31 October 2016. 

The 10 most expensive cities in the world for student rent

Rank

City

Country

Average Weekly Rental Spend (USD)

1

New York

USA

431

2

Boston

USA

403

3

London

UK

359

4

Washington

USA

329

5

La Jolla

USA

298

6

Oxford

UK

288

7

Sydney

AUS

285

8

Cambridge

UK

272

9

Los Angeles

USA

263

10

Seattle

USA

260

The 10 cheapest cities in the world for student rent

Rank

City

Country

Average Weekly Rental Spend (USD)

1

Auburn

USA

96

2

Athens

USA

104

3

Tallahassee

USA

106

4

Hull

UK

111

5

Norman

USA

112

6

Gainesville

USA

114

7

Bloomington

USA

118

8

Columbia

USA

121

9

Dundee

UK

122

10

Sunderland

UK

123

*Based on exchange rates at the time of publication

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