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Setting a Budget

Students. Review the estimated costs provided by Caltech for Undergraduates and Graduates for tuition, room and board, etc.  These estimates are for basic expenses and do not include items such as travel, hobbies, and car ownership. 

Scholars. Below is a sample of monthly fixed expenses for a postdoctoral scholar at Caltech or JPL.  The numbers listed here are for reference only, and will change according to market conditions.

 

Single

Married with
One Child

Taxes 
Varies by length of stay, tax residence country, and immigration status



~ 25% Salary



~ 25% Salary

Rent
1 room in a shared apartment
1 or 2 bedroom apartment


$500 - $1,000
$1,000 - $1,800



$1,200 - $2,500

Transportation
Public transportation
Car insurance, Caltech parking, gas


$50 - $150
$150 - $300


$150
$200 - $400

Food
Groceries, basic supplies


$400 - $700


$800 - $1,500

Utilities
Electricity, water, gas, trash


$70 - $220


$100 - $450

Insurance
Health, Dental (HMO), Repatriation


$200 and +


$650 and +

Communication
Internet, cable, cell phone


$160


$260

Miscellaneous and leisure
Restaurants, entertainment, clothes

$100 to $400 and +

$200 to $600 and +

Total
Excludes taxes and childcare

 

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 $$$

 As of May 2017

General Resources for Budgeting, Finance, and Cost of Living in the United States

For more information about the Social Security Number (SSN)

For more information about Taxes

 

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