Cost of living in Phoenix

Cost of living in Phoenix 

When you study abroad in the USA, you’ll need to consider expenses beyond university tuition and fees, such as how much money you’ll need to live comfortably in your chosen destination. Find out more about the living expenses in Phoenix.   

Approximate annual cost of studying in Phoenix

  • Tuition, fees and insurance from: $40,558
  • Student housing and food from: $16,091
  • Living expenses from: $5,056

Approximate total: from $61,705

Living expenses

To get your student visa, you’ll need to provide proof that you have enough money to support your cost-of-living expenses — beyond university tuition and fees.


From $1,536 to $3,352*

The amount you spend on local transportation will vary. The estimate above does not include flights to and from ASU.  

*Prices are estimates and are subject to change. 

Personal expenses 

From $2,200 to $4,364 

Your personal spending budget will include cost factors such as:  

  • Groceries 
  • Off-campus meals 
  • Off-campus events (concerts, movies, professional sporting events, etc.) 
  • Shopping 
  • Tourist attractions (museums, national parks, etc.) 
  • Domestic travel within the USA 

How much you budget for personal spending will depend greatly on your individual lifestyle. As a student, there are many ways to save on non-mandatory expenses. 

Example costs in Phoenix
  • Meal at an inexpensive restaurant | $17 

  • Cappuccino | $5.17 

  • One-way ticket on public transport | $2

Want to learn more about tuition and overall costs at ASU?

Why invest in studying abroad?  

Earning your degree in the USA can be expensive, but the prestige of a US degree and the potential financial and personal benefits make it a worthwhile investment. 

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Career outcomes for international students at ASU

As an international student at ASU, you’ll benefit from the University’s connections to employers and large alumni network. 

Any other questions?

Can I start my career in the USA after graduation?

Yes, the US government offers a generous OPT (Optional Practical Training) program, which allows international students to work in the USA for 1 year after they graduate. Eligible STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) degrees extend OPT to 3 years of employment after graduation. 

More than 200,000 international students work in the USA as part of the OPT program each year. 

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Can I work part-time while I study at ASU? 

Yes, while you are a student at ASU, you may apply and be hired for an on-campus job, working a maximum of 20 hours per week. On-campus employment is a great way to build experience while also earning money to offset tuition fees and pay for personal expenses. Due to student visa regulations, students cannot work off-campus or be self-employed during their first year.

Is cost-of-living funding available through Kaplan?

While we do not provide grants or funding to support cost of living, there are one-off merit-based scholarships available through Kaplan. Additionally, ASU offers renewable merit scholarships worth up to $14,500 annually for students earning a degree at any of the Phoenix-area campuses. 

Is studying abroad in the USA worth it?

Yes! The USA is the world’s #1 destination for international students, in large part because a US degree is an excellent investment in your future. Earning your degree in the USA shows future employers that you don’t shy away from challenges and that you’re a global citizen, helping to make you highly employable. Studying abroad can also help you grow, discover your capabilities, and enjoy a successful career.