Living Expenses

This section is applicable to everyone who will be going abroad. Living abroad can be expensive especially since you can’t bring everything with you. Consider budgeting money for the following things:

ShannonPawloski_HostCountryCulture_LaAntigua1Housing & Housing Deposits

Your housing may be included or discounted by your study abroad program or your employer. Check with them before budgeting money for housing.  You may be charged a Housing Deposit, particularly if you are living in accommodation off-campus. It is important to budget for this beforehand even if you will get the money back.

Utility Bills

Study abroad and work accommodations normally include
these bills, but it is important to consider this if you are
                                                                                                                 finding your own housing.


Don’t forget to budget money for commuting to and from your school or place of employment. Research what
options are available using travel guides and websites.


It may be impossible to pack every bit of clothing you may need. Consider factoring some money to purchase clothing while abroad into your budget, also consider the possible weather changes when packing and planning a budget for clothing. 

Personal Care Items

The personal care items of your choice may not be available in your destination country or may be significantly more expensive. Examples of things not always found abroad include: bug spray, preferred feminine hygiene products, contact lens solution, solid stick deodorant, and over the counter medicines. It is highly discouraged to bring any item with a heating element with you abroad (including hair dryers, hair straighteners and some electric shavers).


Check into the costs of doing laundry and try to bring small amounts of the basics. You might have to buy detergent, hangers and laundry baskets if you are staying for a long period of time.

AnnaWeiss_WolverinesAbroad_Leaning-TowerHousehold Items

Check to see if you will need to bring or purchase things like: sheets,
blankets, pillows, kitchen appliances, utensils and dishes.   

Emergency Reserve

It is commonly suggested that you budget at least $200 of 
Emergency Reserve Funds in case of an emergency. Make sure
this is in the form of cash in the local currency.  


Programs and work experiences will rarely provide phone services,
although they may provide internet. Explore options available to 
purchase a phone or SIM card with in your country. Internet Cafes are common around Europe for an easy way to access the internet, although you may have to pay for it. International calling can be expensive. Consider services like Skype for calling home.


Consider any additional costs or expenses you may incur.

Questions or Comments? Please contact your IPE Advisor.