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Monthly housing cost differences in largest college towns in the U.S. 2018

Monthly housing cost difference between on-campus and off-campus accommodation in largest college towns in the United States in 2018

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Release date

August 2018


United States

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Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "to determine this list, Trulia chose US Census-defined places of at least 45,000 people, 20% of which were enrolled in college or graduate school.
Consulting the website of the largest college or university in each place, the site then calculated on-campus housing costs for a full nine-month academic year based on monthly or per-semester rates, excluding meal plans where possible.
Trulia then compared on-campus monthly housing costs to the median estimated monthly cost of a two-bedroom home in a 12-month rental in each place, assuming the cost was split in half between two roommates and divided over nine months to match the academic year."

*On-campus costs includes meal plan.

**College towns where the off-campus median monthly rent was higher than the on-campus monthly housing cost.

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