Yes, it costs lots
You might be able to get a student copy for a little bit cheaper though.
-I got my copy for free from uni using the MSDNAA license agreement.
at the risk of this being edited by a mod I'd suggest searching on Kazaa.
IRCSpy found 35 coppies for visual studio, - thats if you have IRC installed (it's got at free version I think) and you know how to use the dcc file getting bit. (it's not hard and there are instructions on ircspy
and in Mirc also you can get help on most filesharing rooms.)
of course you shouldn't shout too loudly about your new *free* copy. Companies are a little funny about theft. and it seems MS are not scared to go after minnors (remember Mike Rowe? remember the P2P Apple/Pepsi/RIAA kids?).