University of Connecticut cost of living

Cost of living in Connecticut

Studying abroad in the USA is an exciting opportunity, and you’ll want to ensure you can make the most of it and afford any extra costs. Find out more about the living expenses in Connecticut. 

Approximate annual cost of studying at UConn

  • Tuition and fees from $44,412 
  • Student housing and meals from $15,150
  • Books, insurance, transportation and miscellaneous from $8,714

Approximate total: from $68,276

Living expenses

To get your student visa, you’ll need to provide proof that you have enough money to cover your mandatory costs (all university charges) and your indirect costs, such as living expenses.


From $2,624*

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

*Prices are estimates and are subject to change.

Personal expenses

From $1,910

Your personal expenses will include 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 Connecticut
  • Meal at an inexpensive restaurant | $15

  • Cappuccino | $4.60

  • One-way ticket on public transport | $2.25

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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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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 UConn? 

Yes, while you are a student at UConn, 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 Kaplan does not provide grants or funding to support cost of living, if you are applying for Fall Year 1 admission you will automatically be considered by UConn for a renewable merit scholarship of up to $15,000 per year. 

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 by today’s standards. Studying abroad can also help you grow, discover your capabilities, and enjoy a successful career.