10 Colleges Where Students Pay the Most for Room and Board
Universities in New York City and the Boston area charge some of the highest room and board fees.
Room and board charges add an average $9,999 to students' university bills in 2014-2015, according to data reported by 1,109 ranked colleges in an annual survey by U.S. News. In this case, room and board is used to mean a shared room and either 19 meals per week or the maximum meal plan.
Students at the New School, based in New York City's Greenwich Village, paid the most for accommodations, which cost $18,190 this year.
At the University of California—Berkeley, the sole public university on the list, room and board actually cost more than tuition and fees for in-state students. Lodging and meals cost $15,438; in-state tuition and fees run a more modest $13,844.
For those hoping to dodge high living costs, steer clear of New York City, the Boston area and major cities in California. Instead, check out Alabama, Mississippi and Oklahoma, which are home to schools that charge some of the lowest lodging fees.
Below is a list of the 10 schools with the most expensive room and board for 2014-2015. The five military academies, which charge no room and board fees, were excluded from this list. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.
School name (state)2014-2015 room and boardU.S. News rank and category
|School name (state)||2014-2015 room and board||U.S. News rank and category|
|New School (NY)||$18,190||135 (tie), National Universities|
|New York University||$16,782||32, National Universities|
|St. John's University (NY)||$16,390||145 (tie), National Universities|
|Harvey Mudd College (CA)||$15,833||15 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges|
|University of California—Berkeley||$15,438||20, National Universities|
|American Jewish University (CA)||$15,102||RNP*, National Liberal Arts Colleges|
|Emerson College (MA)||$15,096||14 (tie), Regional Universities (North)|
|Lesley University (MA)||$15,000||111 (tie), Regional Universities (North)
|Marymount Manhattan College (NY)
||$15,000||RNP, National Liberal Arts Colleges|
|Smith College (MA)||$14,950||19 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges|