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Top 10 Colleges with the Most Expensive Room & Board

Top 10 Colleges with the Most Expensive Room & Board

Out of nearly 1,100 ranked colleges that reported room and board costs for the 2013-2014 school year, some schools far surpassed the average rates, making U.S. News and World Report’s most expensive list.

Elizabeth Hoyt

October 29, 2013

At Fastweb, college rankings are a guilty pleasure. Whether it’s for fun or for research, it can be interesting to predict which schools made each list and find out which actually made it.

Here comes another such list: colleges that charge the most for students’ room and board. It likely won’t come as a surprise that the majority of the colleges with the most expensive room and board are located in or around New York City, where the cost of living is extremely high.

To put these numbers in perspective, the average cost of on-campus living with a roommate and 19 meals per weeks (or the maximum meal plan) was $9,689 for the 2013-2014 school year.

Out of nearly 1,100 ranked colleges that reported room and board costs for the 2013-2014 school year, some schools far surpassed the average rates, making U.S. News and World Report’s most expensive list.

Schools that did not meet certain criteria were not considered for the report along with the five military academies, where room and board is free when post-graduate military service is agreed upon.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the following are the top ten colleges with the most expensive room and board.

10. University of California – Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Cost of Room and Board for 2013-2014: $14,453

9. Emerson College
Boston, MA

Cost of Room and Board for 2013-2014: $14,516

8. Marymount Manhattan College
New York, NY

Cost of Room and Board for 2013-2014: $14,600

7. Suffolk University
Boston, MA

Cost of Room and Board for 2013-2014: $14,836

6. Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, CA

Cost of Room and Board for 2013-2014: $15,151

5. University of California – Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Cost of Room and Board for 2013-2014: $15,180

4. Fordham University
New York, NY

Cost of Room and Board for 2013-2014: $15,835

3. St. John’s University
New York, NY

Cost of Room and Board for 2013-2014: $15,880

2. New York University
New York, NY

Cost of Room and Board for 2013-2014: $16,662

1. The New School
New York, NY

Cost of Room and Board for 2013-2014: $18,490



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