Top Cities to Live During Med School

When eyeing potential medical schools, most people probably flock to U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of medical schools. Harvard Medical School usually tops the list. Johns Hopkins. Washington University. Columbia University. Common names, but they have one thing that might turn off med students: they’re located in very expensive cities.

The cost of living while you’re in medical school will be a huge burden. So PreMedLife magazine took into account that prospective medical students have been struggling through the tough economy. The magazine presented its list of ideal cities to pursue a medical degree.

To put together the list, PreMedLife took into account cost-of-living, access to public transportation and free activities. So the list isn’t naming top schools, so much as cities that are fun, affordable and have at least one medical school.

Med students won’t find themselves in hotspots like New York, Boston or Stanford, but they might enjoy their time and come out a little less in debt.

Here are the top 10 cities:

Omaha, Nebraska

Downtown Omaha from Heartland of America Park. Copyright Raymond Bucko, SJ | Flickr

Cost-of-living: 90.3 (national average 100)
Average 1-bedroom rental: $625/month
Medical schools located in this city: Creighton University School of Medicine, University of Nebraska College of Medicine