Pace University cost of living

Cost of living in New York

Studying abroad in the USA comes with extra costs on top of tuition and fees. You’ll need to make sure you can cover your living expenses. See what costs you should consider when living in New York City. 

Living expenses

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


From $600* 

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

*Prices are estimates for the full academic year and are subject to change. 

Personal expenses

From $1,414*

Your personal spending budget for the academic year will include cost factors such as:  

  • Groceries 
  • Off-campus meals 
  • Off-campus events (concerts, movies, 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. 

*Prices are estimates for the full academic year and are subject to change. 

Example costs in New York
  • Meal at an inexpensive restaurant | $25  

  • Cappuccino | $5

  • One-way ticket on public transport | $2.75

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Why invest in studying abroad? 

Along with its prestige, the potential career and financial benefits make earning your US degree a worthwhile investment.

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As an international student at Pace, 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 an 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 Pace?

Yes, while you are a student at Pace, 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.

Is cost-of-living funding available through Kaplan? 

While we do not provide grants or funding to support cost of living, all students are considered for renewable merit-based tuition scholarships at Pace.  

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 US shows future employers that you don’t shy away from challenges and that you’re a global citizen, making you highly employable in today’s international economy. Studying abroad can also help you grow, discover your capabilities, and enjoy a successful career.