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Cost of Living

School Location Cost of Living Index* Avg apartment
rent within two miles of campus**
Housing
Index
Grocery
Index
Utilities
Index
Sales Tax
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN + 83.8 $1,081 76.7 95.3 103.6 7.00%
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign ++ 79.5 $890 56.6 94.7 95.7 8.78%
Indiana University Bloomington, IN 87.3 $1,113 85.9 97 97.2 7.00%
University of Wisconsin Madison, WI 100.6 $1,639 111 97.9 107.5 5.44%
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 117.5 $1,853 164.2 102.6 99.3 6.00%
The Ohio State University Columbus, OH 85.5 $1,339 68.2 98.8 102 7.17%
University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 106.5 $1,704 117 101.2 99.7 7.43%
Massachusetts Institute of Tech. Cambridge, MA 181.8 $3,342 349 115.5 117.8 6.25%
Georgia Institute of Tech. Atlanta, GA 107.5 $1,817 112 98.8 103.6 7.33%
University of Texas Austin, TX 119.3 $2,267 159.6 96.7 99 8.19%
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA 235.2 $3,192 518 114 91.3 8.66%
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 94.6 $1,331 96.8 99.7 93.9 6.82%
University of Maryland College Park, MD 123.4 $2,027 142.3 108 109.4 6.00%
Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 91.5 $1,424 89.7 95.6 97.2 6.00%
University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE 89.8 $964 78 97.4 92.3 6.88%
Northwestern University Evanston, IL 119.9 $2,009 144.9 100.9 95 8.78%
Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ 112.3 $1,811 108.7 103.5 114.4 6.60%
Penn State University State College, PA 108 $1,006 142 107.8 90.4 6.34%
Stanford University Palo Alto, CA 471 $4,082 1275.2 124.4 89.9 8.66%

* US national average is 100%. 
** The data on average rents comes directly from competitively-rented (market-rate) large-scale multifamily properties (50+ units in size), in over 130 markets across the U.S. Apartment rent data was provided by Yardi Matrix, a RENTCafé sister company.
+ Figures are averaged from both West Lafayette & Lafayette. 
++ Figures are averaged from both Urbana & Champaign.

Updated November 2019.

Sources: bestplaces.net and RENTCafé.

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