Ayan from India Asks about Food and Lodging Expenses for graduate students at Illinois Institute of Technology.
Ayan: What can I expect for general expenses for food and lodging at IIT?
Cost of living in the US is directly proportional to the city and state where you live. It would cost around $500 per month to live in Texas, while it would cost $1,500 or more in places like Los Angeles, New York. $500 to $1,500 is calculated based on typical student from India, sharing apartment with other students. Illinois Institute of Technology is located in Chicago, Illinois, and students would be safe to plan for approximately $1,000/month.
If you a get part time job, it can help cover your food and lodging expenses like:
- Apartment Rent
- Food and Groceries Bill
- Utilities ( Power, Gas, Internet, Phone, ..)
- Transportation ( Car, Bus, Car Insurance, Car Gas, ..)
- Entertainment ( Travel, Movies, Cable TV at Home, ..)
If you get research or teaching assistant positions, you will be able to save money after all your monthly expenses. The department to which you apply will make a determination on your funding offer. Find out more about Tuition and Funding for graduate students at IIT.
For a calculator to determine your expenses, visit the IIT Office of Financial Aid.
As the singer Bryan Adams says “Those were the best days of my life…,” I would say the same for my days at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). I graduated from IIT more than 2 years ago with a Master’s degree in Computer Science.
I was always interested in pursuing a graduate degree from the USA because of its status as a global economic leader and with a very well-recognized education system. IIT opened the doors for me to pursue my interest and I would say I was lucky to be part of such a renowned graduate school. In my opinion, IIT has a very good and challenging Computer Science program accompanied by very erudite professors. My computer science skills were further enhanced after graduating from IIT as we had some very good industry-standard courses involving databases, algorithms etc. I was lucky enough to get a chance to work on a small research project with one of the professors during my curriculum.
IIT has a myriad of social organizations and various activities going on every day in the school. I got myself involved into graduate student organization, philosophy club, volunteering for new student orientation etc. I made new friends through these organizations and learned the important skills like camaraderie and team work.
I am currently working for a software company called Cleversafe, and I think IIT has played a major role in my life in landing me this job. I got to know of Cleversafe from the IIT career fair wherein hundreds of companies participate every semester to recruit students from IIT. I found the resume critique sessions and the preparing for interview sessions organized by the Career Management Center (CMC) at IIT to be very useful. The other sessions organized by CMC like table manners, how to talk to interviewers, what to wear etc. proved very fruitful, too. All these sessions described above along with the other social activities I was involved into as described above, helped me improve my social and organization skills and prepared me for the interviews and eventually land a job at Cleversafe. All in all it was a good blend of academic plus social experience for me @ IIT. I would like to thank IIT for making me the person I am today.
I’m a graduate student in Information Technology and Management, and even though I have already been here for nine months, I find that every day is exciting as I continue learning.
It is an honor for me to be in ITM because of the courses that I have taken this semester. I have become a programming person after coming to IIT, primarily because my professors are so good in teaching these subjects. We are able to learn as much as we can take in. Back in India, I was this person who used to run away for miles if I heard something regarding coding. But this place completely changed and prepared me to meet the real time challenges in IT and I am glad to be taking my learning to new heights.
I also work as a student assistant in the Graduate Admission office. When I graduate and go to work full time, I will have an advantage due to the professional skills I am learning and the opportunity I have had in an actual working environment in the US.
Coming to the most fun part: food and entertainment – I can say so much about that. Chicago is a very happening place and a small evening walk in downtown with your iPod on is heavenly. And at the IIT Bog, we have bowling and Kinect and more. Events keep coming like Homecoming, Karaoke night, Laser tag at campus, movie night out, and the list goes on and on…
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