Top Cities to Live During Med School

A tough economy has caused potential med students to take a closer look at how they're spending their money. Here are the top 10 cities where you can go to med school and not break the bank on the cost of living.

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When eyeing potential medical schools, most people probably flock to ’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.

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The cost of living while you’re in medical school will be a huge burden. So 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.

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To put together the list, 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

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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

Nashville, Tennessee

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Cost-of-living: 90.7 (national average 100)

Average 1-bedroom rental: $736/month

Medical schools located in this city: Meharry Medical College Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Little Rock, Arkansas

Cost-of-living: 94.1 (national average 100)

Average 1-bedroom rental: $640/month

Medical schools located in this city: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Cincinnati, Ohio

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Cost-of-living: 93.3 (national average 100)

Average 1-bedroom rental: $590/month

Medical schools located in this city: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Johnson City, Tennessee

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Cost-of-living: 88.1(national average 100)

Average 1-bedroom rental: $577/month

Medical schools located in this city: East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine

Columbus, Ohio

Cost-of-living: 90.1(national average 100)

Average 1-bedroom rental: $666/month

Medical schools located in this city: Ohio State University College of Medicine

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Cost-of-living: 89(national average 100)

Average 1-bedroom rental: $544/month

Medical schools located in this city: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Birmingham, Alabama

Downtown seen from Red Mountain. Copyright Andre Natta.

Cost-of-living: 89.6(national average 100)

Average 1-bedroom rental: $645/month

Medical schools located in this city: University of Alabama School of Medicine

Memphis, Tennessee

Hernando de Soto Bridge across the Mississippi River between Memphis, Tennessee and West Memphis, Arkansas

Cost-of-living: 87.3(national average 100)

Average 1-bedroom rental: $574/month

Medical schools located in this city: University of Tennessee Health Sciences College of Medicine

Lexington, Kentucky

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Cost-of-living: 89.1(national average 100)

Average 1-bedroom rental: $595/month

Medical schools located in this city: University of Kentucky College of Medicine

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