The Cost of Living and Studying in Argentina

Although Argentina is a huge country in South America, the cost of living and cost of studying in Argentina are considerably low compared to other countries. In this article, we will discuss some costs you may be interested to know as an international student after we presented previously the most important universities in Argentina.

How much does it cost to study in Argentina?

The cost of living and studying in Argentina depends on the location, lifestyle, and the university location. An average between $2,500 to $4,500 should be sufficient to cover the costs of living for one year.

As we said before, the costs of living in Argentina are too low, in comparison with other countries. The accommodation costs less than $350 monthly, while using public transport to the school back and forth would cost $10 in a week.

On average, a student could attend college in Argentina in one of the government universities for less than $5,000 per year. Recently, some states in Argentina started to impose a minimum of fees on international students when enrolling in public universities.

University fees for international students in Argentina

There are two types of universities in Argentina: private and governmental. Although government universities in Argentina are fees-free, private universities, on the other hand, are very expensive. Once you decided to study in one of these universities, the costs will vary according to the university and its location.

The tuition fees in government universities in Argentina are free, while attending a private one would cost you $5,000 as a minimum and $15,500 as a maximum per year to earn a degree. The fees of the bachelor and postgraduate study programs are free. Few public universities apply the minimum tuition fees for postgraduate study programs.

1 dollar is equivalent to approximately 61,55 peso (ARS)

Cost of living in Argentina for international students

Argentina’s economic problems of the recent decades make the cost of living pretty high for locals. However, for a foreigner, especially for international students, this cost of living remain more affordable than in many Western countries. Moreover, as it’s the case in many countries, the cost of living in Buenos Aires, the capital city, is usually higher. 

Depending on the student’s lifestyle and of course their location, the cost of living in Argentina amounts around $2,500 to $4,500 per year. Here’s an overview of the main living expenses for an international student in Argentina.

Types and costs of Accommodation

The student has to choose between the available accommodation options that include the following:

  • Renting an apartment: 1,000-1,500 pesos monthly
  • Living with an Argentinian family: 900 pesos with food
  • Renting a room in student dormitory: 500-700 pesos
  • This is in addition to other expenses, such as daily transport, food, entertainment, gym, and others that would cost around 400-700 pesos monthly (depends on the spending of the person)

Here is a list of some prices that you may be interested to know as a student willing to study in Argentina.

Costs of food 

Cost of Living and Study in Argentina
  • A meal in a decent restaurant: $9.29
  • Coca-cola/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle): $1.47
  • Water (0.33 liter bottle): $1.18
  • Milk (1 liter): $1.24
  • Bread (500g): $1.79
  • White rice: $1.38
  • A dozen eggs: $1.89
  • Tomatoes (1 kg): $1.84
  • Beef (1 kg): $7.69
  • Onions (1 kg): 1.14

Costs of transportation

Public transport in cities like Buenos Aires is very effective and not pricey. If you do not have to go too far places, it will be useful to spend some money and get a bicycle in such cities (but do not expect to find bike lanes). Moreover, students in Argentina also opt for walking, which is very common in the country if your destination is only a few subways stops away. 

You may be interested to know the following costs, regarding the transportation in Argentina:

  • Public transport (one-way ticket): $0.43
  • Monthly card: $18.59
  • Taxi: $0.89/km
  • Gasoline: $1.21/liter

Rentals and Utilities

The bills for electricity, water, heat, and cleaning service: $87.67
The local mobile tariff (prepaid): $0.25
Internet: $39.21
One-room apartment in the city center: $401.54
One-room apartment (outside the city center): $304.32

​​Healthcare and medical insurance

Healthcare in Argentina for citizens and residents is free. And since a student visa is to be transformed into a residence permit in Argentina, international students also are entitled to this free healthcare. However, in some parts of the country, healthcare is extremely basic, meaning you need to turn to the private sector for more qualitative care. That’s why it is advised for international students to subscribe to a health insurance upon their arrival in Argentina.

To further fund the cost of living in Argentina, international students can work part-time while studying. For that, they must apply for a work visa along with their residence permit.

Check also our resource on how to study for free in Argentina.

Currency in Argentina

Cost of Living and Study in Argentina

The official currency in Argentina is the Peso ($1= 61.55 Argentinian peso).

There are some visa requirements to study in Argentina, we have prepared an article for you about how to get a study visa in Argentina and how to enroll in a university in Argentina.

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