Center for International Studies

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Macomb can vary anywhere from $1000-3000 per month, depending on each individual's lifestyle and spending habits. Costs can be kept down by having roommates, using a bike/bus instead of driving, getting a cheap phone plan, etc.

The information we provide on this page is just an estimate. It is for students to use as a guide, but we can't guarantee any of the prices or fees that students will actually pay.

Most things, such as rent, food, hairdressing, etc. can cost as much or as little as the student is willing to spend. Cheap apartments shared with many people can keep rental costs down. There are also more expensive housing options available.

We have provided some basic estimates for different products to use as a guide. We suggest that students think about the kinds of services they will need and do research on the Internet before they arrive. Because Macomb is a small community, it does not have specialty stores to purchase imported products. Many students travel to other cities to get groceries from their home country or to find hair care services.

We also recommend connecting with current students from your home country, to get a better idea of how much you will need for your lifestyle.

For example, here are some of the bills you would need to pay every month:

* If you live in the residence halls, you can find the costs for tuition and housing here)

Monthly Bills


Here is the estimated cost of common food items: 


Here is the estimated cost of common medical items under the student insurance plan:



For more information about your student insurance plan, click here.

Personal Care Items:

Personal Care



Remember to think about incidental expenses, like seeing the dentist or repairing a car. These can be very expensive, so be sure to save money in case you have any extra expenses. Also, this page does not list tuition, fees, and book costs, since those can vary greatly as well. It is a good idea to contact someone in your major to find out how much you will need to spend per semester.