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Setting a Budget
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.
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|
|Varies by length of stay, tax residence country, and immigration status||~25% Salary||~25% Salary|
|1 or 2 bedroom apartment (non shared)||$1,600 - $2,800+||$2,000 - $2,800+|
|1 bedroom in a shared apartment/house||$800 - $1,600+|
|Public transportation||$60 - $180+||$180+|
|Car insurance, Caltech parking, gas||$200 - $400+||$200 - $500+|
|Groceries, basic supplies||$500 - $800+||$800 - $1,600+|
|Electricity, water, gas, trash||$80 - $180+||$100 - $500+|
|Health, Dental (HMO), Repatriation||$200+||$800+|
|Internet, cable, cell phone||$180+||$280+|
|Miscellaneous and leisure|
|Restaurants, entertainment, clothes||$100 to $400+||$200 to $600+|
*As of December 2020
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