Providence is surprisingly affordable. Housing costs are lower here than the national average, and housing dollars will go farther here than in Boston, New Haven, or the New York metro area.
New students will want to plan for travel and set-up costs. Typically, landlords will want the equivalent of two months of rent up front (security deposit and the first month of rent). Apartment costs vary, of course, based on location, size, amenities, and whether utilities are included in the rent.
As a guideline, one could assume monthly expenses of $2,635 including:
- Rent and utilities ($1,430)
- Food and groceries ($660)
- Transportation ($100)
- Books and supplies ($135)
- Personal expenses ($310)
The following websites can help you determine the realistic costs and considerations, based on your needs and circumstances.