Best Cities in the USA for Indian Students


The USA is a popular choice for many potential students in India. The country takes up 30-35% of Indian students choosing a global education.

The promise of a better lifestyle, international experience, exposure to cultures, and the availability of significant opportunities pull students in every year. 202,014 Indian students went to the USA in 2019 alone! 

The USA is generally considered to be an expensive country. The fluctuating exchange rate of the Indian rupee just adds on to the accumulating costs. In spite of this hurdle in living your American dream, you can easily make it by choosing affordable cities with a good education.

  • San Diego:

With the low tuition fees and the affordable cost of living, San Diego is a city that goes easy on the students’ wallets. It is one of the cheapest places to live.

You can experience a relaxed atmosphere with lots of fun activities and tasty Mexican food. The city also offers high-quality education for over 70,000 students every year. It also ranks #76 for world best student city (QS).

Watching the magnificent sea lions sunbathe, getting lost in the sunsets along the shore and taking long strolls in the Balboa park are some among the many things you can do for free. Have fun and save money.

  • Baltimore:

Baltimore is a city full of charm. The city has more monuments per capita than any other US city, which you can make your mission to visit all.

It is also home to the second-largest seaport in the country, something you cannot miss. The educational quality is also top-notch. Asserting this claim, it has been ranked #5 for education and opportunity and is among the top 10 best student cities in the US (US News and World Reports).

The city is also home to some of the cheapest universities for international students in 2020. 

  • Philadelphia:

Next on the list is ‘the University City’. Philadelphia has the second-largest number of universities in the USA.

The city is ranked #8 in the US for best student city ranking (QS). Philadelphia is also the first world heritage city, so you will have many historically significant places to explore and enjoy.

12% of the city’s student population also consists of international students. 

Another positive is the city’s location. It is two hours away from the city of New York and 3 hours away from Washington, DC. This can come in handy for quick weekend getaways, short internships and projects.

  • Chicago:

Fondly known as the “Jewel of the Midwest”, Chicago has many things to offer.

The dashing skyline of the city will give you a metropolitan vibe with costs falling below the US national average. 

The city also ranks in the top 10 student cities for overall student experience.

No wonder 18% of the city’s total population is made up of international students!  It is one of the best cities to live in the USA for Indian students. 

If you do not want to let that cash slip out of your wallets while exploring the city, you can always check out the many free attractions of the city like Lake Michigan, the Millennium Park and the Lincoln Park Zoo.