University of California - Berkeley Among the Top 5 Most Expensive Room & Board

10 Colleges Where Students Pay the Most for Room and Board

Room and board at UCB can cost more than $15,000 per year.

Room and board at UCB can cost more than $15,000 per year.

Universities in New York City and the Boston area charge some of the highest room and board fees.

When it comes to the cost of college, families should look beyond tuition and 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

Don't see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News College Compass to find room and board fees, complete rankings and much more. School officials can access historical data and rankings, including of peer institutions, via U.S. News Academic Insights.