College Students Can Expect Highest Off-Campus Housing Costs in Palo Alto and Princeton, Lowest in St. Louis

“As students and their parents are filling out applications this fall and are crunching the numbers on financial aid and student loans, they should also factor in cost of housing,” said Jeremy Wacksman, Zillow chief marketing officer. “Looking at both on-and off-campus housing prices, and thinking through whether they’ll likely live with roommates or alone will help them gauge an accurate picture of the student loans and financial aid they will need in order to obtain their degree.”

Students attending top-ranked national universities Stanford, Princeton and University of California, Berkeley will pay the most in off-campus housingii. University of Notre Dame, Carnegie Mellon University and Washington University in St. Louis, MO are among the highest ranked schools with the lowest off-campus housing costs.

In more than three-quarters of the top 35 national universities for 2017, including all schools located in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Washington D.C., the median rent is higher than the nation as a whole.

Stanford students can expect to pay nearly five times the median national rent for a rental in Palo Alto, without a university subsidy for their off-campus rent. At the other extreme, University of Notre Dame students can expect more affordable housing, as the median rent in South Bend is $748, close to half of the national median rent.

Most Expensive Off-Campus Housing for 2017 Highest Ranked National Universitiesiii:

  1. Stanford University, Stanford/Palo Alto CA
  2. Princeton University, Princeton NJ
  3. University of CaliforniaBerkeley, Berkeley CA
  4. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA
  5. University of Southern California & University of CaliforniaLos Angeles, Los Angeles CA

Least Expensive Off-Campus Housing for 2017 Highest Ranked National Universitiesiv:

  1. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame/South Bend IN
  2. Washington UniversitySt Louis, St. Louis MO
  3. University of Rochester, Rochester NY
  4. Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem NC
  5. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA

In addition to current costs, students should consider how rents may rise during the years they attend the university, or even beyond, should they enter the workforce near their alma mater. Rents are appreciating rapidly in many of the major markets across the U.S., especially on the West Coast. Student renters in the Bay Area or the greater Los Angeles region can expect to see the highest annual rental appreciation, which is anticipated to grow by more than 6 percent over the coming yearv.

“Whether you’re an in-state or out-of-state student, college is expensive,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “Best Colleges provides a wealth of data and information for prospective students to identify schools that suit their specific needs. Factors like location and cost are especially important to consider.”

College & Location (City of Off-Campus Housing)

Ranking on U.S.

News & World Report’s 2017

Best Colleges

Zillow Rental Index by City (ZRI)vi

% Change in ZRI, Year over Year

ZRI Forecast for 2017vii

Princeton University,

Princeton NJ

1

$4,529

6.3%

4.0%

Harvard University,

Cambridge MA

2

$2,594

-0.5%

3.7%

University of Chicago,

Chicago IL

3 (tie)

$1,687

1.0%

1.2%

Yale University,          

New Haven CT

3 (tie)

$1,428

3.3%

5.6%

Columbia University,

New York NY

5 (tie)

$2,347

4.4%

3.1%

Stanford University, Palo

Alto CA

5(tie)

$6,139

-3.1%

7.6%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology,       

Cambridge MA

7

$2,594

-0.5%

3.7%

Duke University,  

Durham NC

8 (tie)

$1,286

2.1%

2.3%

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA

8  (tie)

$1,223

3.7%

3.0%

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore MD

10

$1,335

0.8%

1.4%

Dartmouth College,

Hanover NH

11

$2,447

-5.2%

-3.7%

California Institute of Technology,

Pasadena CA

12 (tie)

$2,720

7.0%

6.4%

Northwestern University,

Evanston IL

12 (tie)

$1,909

1.0%

2.0%

Brown University,

Providence RI

14

$1,425

5.2%

3.8%

Cornell University,   

Ithaca NY

15 (tie)

$1,793

-1.0%

2.0%

Rice University,   

Houston TX

15 (tie)

$1,444

1.7%

3.0%

University of Notre Dame,

South Bend IN

15 (tie)

$723

2.6%

0.8%

Vanderbilt University,

Nashville TN

15 (tie)

$1,520

6.7%

4.8%

Washington University,

St. Louis MO

19

$881

2.6%

3.3%

Emory University,

Atlanta, GA

20 (tie)

$1,448

6.2%

5.2%

Georgetown University, Washington DC

20 (tie)

$2,568

2.8%

3.1%

University of California – Berkeley,   

Berkeley CA

20 (tie)

$3,534

7.1%

6.9%

University of Southern California,

Los Angeles CA

23

$2,701

7.2%

8.8%

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg PA

24 (tie)

$1,141

5.3%

3.4%

University of California – Los Angeles

Los Angeles CA

24 (tie)

$2,701

7.2%

8.8%

University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA

24 (tie)

$1,526

1.0%

0.9%

Tufts University,

Medford MA

27 (tie)

$2,379

2.0%

2.9%

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor MI

27 (tie)

$1,846

-4.5%

3.7%

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem NC

27 (tie)

$994

3.2%

2.2%

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill,

Chapel Hill NC

30

$1,950

4.5%

3.3%

Boston College,

Boston MA

31

$2,497

2.5%

3.6%

College of William and Mary,

Williamsburg, VA

32 (tie)

$1,756

-1.6%

-1.7%

University of Rochester, Rochester NY

32 (tie)

$945

-1.3%

-0.4%

Brandeis University, Waltham MA

34 (tie)

$2,426

1.0%

0.9%

Georgia Institute of Technology,

Atlanta GA

34 (tie)

$1,448

6.2%

5.2%

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i A “pricey rental market” is defined as a city with the median rent higher than the national media rent of $1408
ii This data does not take into account any housing subsidies or financial aid that may be provided from the university to offset housing costs.
iii Of top 35 colleges listed on the 2017 Best College list from U.S. News & World Report, announced Sept 13, 2016.
iv Of top 35 colleges listed on the 2017 Best College list from U.S. News & World Report, announced Sept 13, 2016.
v The Zillow Rent Index forecast is based on recent and historical trends in rents, and is calculated using ARIMA times series models. It is adjusted to account for seasonality and geographic consistency.
vi The Zillow Rent Index (ZRI) is the median Rent Zestimate® (estimated monthly rental price) for a given geographic area on a given day, and includes the value of all single-family residences, condominiums, cooperatives and apartments in Zillow’s database, regardless of whether they are currently listed for rent. It is expressed in dollars.
vii The Zillow Rent Index forecast is based on recent and historical trends in rents, and is calculated using ARIMA time series models. It is adjusted to account for seasonality and geographic consistency.

 

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