Cost of Living

The cost of living in Jerusalem depends very much on your lifestyle choices. Before calculating your budget, ask yourself whether you’re willing to share an apartment or if you prefer to live on your own, whether you anticipate eating out regularly or if you enjoy cooking at home, etc.

Some of the factors to take into consideration are:

  • Housing/rent/utilities
  • Food
  • Health insurance
  • Transportation
  • Cellular service/internet
  • Clothing and personal care
  • Entertainment
  • Study materials

In order to get an idea of how much you can expect to spend during your stay in Jerusalem, we suggest you take a look at crowdsourced databases of prices in different cities worldwide, such as Expatistan or Numbeo.

(Please note that these websites only provide a rough estimate, and Hebrew University doesn’t guarantee the accuracy of the information listed).  

When calculating your estimated spending, bear in mind that Hebrew University students benefit from many discounts. For example, if you purchase a student pass for a semester or a year, you’ll save up to 50% on public transportation. Museums, cinemas, theaters, concert halls, and the university gyms also offer a discounted student rate. Our university cafeterias on all campuses offer hearty, nutritious meals at a very affordable price. Outside the university, you can significantly reduce costs by shopping wisely, for example, at one of the local markets. For more tips on saving money, check out iTravelJerusalem.