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Cost of Living

In order to obtain the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa for the Rutgers exchange programs, be able to show access to the amount listed below: 
  Undergraduate Graduate
Semester $5,333 $6,833
Academic Year $12,000 $15,375

This amount is the minimum required to study at Rutgers University; some students spend more during their time here.  To help you plan for your time at Rutgers, we have compiled a list of estimated expenses in the New Brunswick area. After you have been accepted to study at Rutgers, you will have the opportunity to be matched up with a returned Rutgers Study Abroad student who will be able to give you more information about estimated living costs from a student perspective.
On-Campus Housing $4,150 - $4,250/semester
Rutgers Health Insurance $912/semester
Books and Supplies $300 - $700/semester
Food $1,500 - $2,000/semester
Personal Expenses $1,500 - $2,000/semester

Listed below are a few of the commonly purchased items to give you an idea of the cost of living in New Brunswick.


One movie ticket; $8-$11
Rutgers sporting events free with valid Rutgers ID
Rutgers cinema with valid RUID; $7


Pair of jeans; $25-60
Pair of name-brand shoes; $40-80


Men's haircut $12-25
Women's haircut $45-70
Pre-paid cell phone plan; $29.99-69.99
One load of laundry (wash & dry); $2.50


On-campus free with valid Rutgers id
RWJ Health & Wellness $54-96 a month


Train ticket to NYC (Round Trip) $28.00
Train ticket to Philadelphia (Round Trip) $36.50
Train ticket to Washington D.C. (Round Trip) $98.00
Bus ticket to Menlo Park Mall (Round Trip) $4.00
Cab ride $2.25 per mile or $6+ rate by zone


A meal at the student centers $8-$13

A meal off campus
Breakfast $3-7
Lunch $5-10
Dinner $10-16


Price of a postage stamp $0.49
International student discount card (ISIC card) $25

A note about tipping
Tipping is standard practice across America. In restaurants, tipping 15% to 20% of the bill is expected. Bartenders expect $1 per one to two drinks. Taxi drivers and hairdressers expect 10% to 15%.