Living on a Tight Budget as an International Student? What to Know

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Living on a Tight Budget as an International Student?

Living on a Tight Budget as an International Student?

10 December 2022
Living on a Tight Budget as an International Student?
10 December 2022

Life as an international student is not easy; right from writing an SOP to making ends meet. In this article, we will talk about how you can make the most of your time and money as an international student.

We’ll discuss how to find affordable housing, how to eat healthy on a limited income, and what other ways you can save money during your studies.

International students on a tight budget can make the most of their time and money.

  • Research the cost of living in the city you are going to be studying in.
  • Look at ways to save money on housing, food and transportation.
  • Find free or cheap activities to do during your time there.
  • Look for ways to make extra money without having to spend much of it on rent or food.

A lot of the advice for international students on a tight budget revolves around the same themes. That brings us to budgeting. 

The first thing you should do is get a handle on your expenses, and then use that figure to guide how much money you need to live comfortably. This can be done by looking at what other people pay for groceries or school supplies and comparing those figures with what you spend each month (or week).

You might find that while they’re spending $100 per week on groceries, yours only costs $30—and maybe even less if you shop at grocer ABC instead of a flashy supermarket! 

If this happens often enough, then there’s no reason why not to cut back where necessary so that your total bill doesn’t exceed what’s left over after paying bills and tuition fees: if there is not enough left over after all those expenses have been paid off every month/week then start saving up some extra cash towards next term when tuition fees will come rolling in again.

Staying healthy is important to success in school.

Good health is as important as good grades for a successful term. It is also a great way to save money!

  • Stay hydrated. When you are thirsty, drink water or juice instead of soda or other sugary drinks. If you have extra time on your hands, try making a smoothie using fresh fruits at home!
  • Eat a balanced diet every day that contains plenty of fruits and vegetables (and some protein), but don’t worry too much about what type of food makes up the majority of your meals; just keep them healthy enough so that they won’t make you sick when studying hard all day long!

An added bonus: eating this way will help prevent constipation since fibre keeps things moving along smoothly through the digestive system – perfect for staying focused on classwork!

If you live in a city, it’s important to make sure you know how to use public transportation.

Do not rent a car or give up your bike—you will be saving hundreds of dollars by using public transportation instead.

Public transportation is crucial for students who are living on a tight budget because it’s easy and cheap. You can get around the city quickly and easily by hopping on and off buses, trains, trams, subways, or trolleys.

There are also many options for getting around if there isn’t enough time for all these modes of transportation at once!

If possible try learning which bus routes go where before arriving at your new home so that when things get confusing during rush hour traffic jams then it won’t take too long trying to figure out where exactly they should go next time around.

Focus on learning and getting your degree as quickly as possible.

  • Get a part-time job.
  • Work on your degree.
  • Your entire focus should be on the purpose and intent of studying abroad. The more you prioritize that, the lesser the financial strains. 

You can be a successful international student even if your funds are limited.

There are many ways to save money while studying, including:

  • Cooking your own food. Eating out often is expensive, so it’s important to practice cooking at home instead of going out every night. This will help you save on eating out and also give you a sense of pride in the food that you make yourself! 
  • Be careful with spending money on items such as clothes or accessories. It may seem tempting at first glance but this isn’t always necessary when shopping online or otherwise.

Buy clothes from thrift stores/flea markets instead of department stores where prices tend to be higher due to marketing strategies employed by businesses trying to sell their products through advertising campaigns designed specifically around attracting potential customers who want more than just what they need today.


International students need to remember that the tips we’ve given you won’t apply to everyone. You may be living on a much lower income than an average international student or in a different country altogether, so it’s just as important not to compare yourself with others.

It’s also critical that you feel comfortable with your budget—because if you don’t, then how can you succeed? Remember that there’s no perfect way around money issues when attending college abroad, but there are ways around them!

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