Purdue-WL room and board rates to remain flat for 2016-17 year; Calumet, IPFW rates also approved

December 19, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University students at the West Lafayette campus will see no increase in room and board rates for the fourth consecutive year following two years of 5 percent reductions in board rates and no increase last year. This means rates remain lower in 2016-17 than they were in 2012-13.

Purdue’s Board of Trustees on Saturday (Dec. 19) approved West Lafayette campus rates that will remain the same for the upcoming academic year as they are for 2015-16. Rates for Purdue’s Calumet and Indiana University Purdue University-Fort Wayne campuses also were approved.

“Our focus is and always will be to provide the highest educational quality while maintaining student affordability,” Purdue President Mitch Daniels said. “Room and board is not far behind tuition as an expense item for our students, so we will continue to look for ways to control these costs.”

Those living in West Lafayette residence halls are required to carry one of five meal plans ranging from $2,998 to $5,398, and dining dollars can be used in all Purdue Dining & Catering retail locations. Business Insider recently ranked Purdue among its top 20 schools nationally for the quality of its food, noting its “array of food choices” and the 28 on-campus cafes and restaurants with a variety of options.

Depending on the type of campus housing students select, the price per academic year for room only will range from $2,446 for a double room at Cary Quadrangle to $9,500 for a single-bed unit in First Street Towers. There also are options at Purdue University Residences apartment complexes where no meal plan is required.

Purdue’s new Honors College residence complex also will open for the 2016-17 academic year with 794 beds and will utilize current room pricing for single-person, two- and three-person units with air-conditioning at $9,134, $6,484 and $4,860, respectively.

“We have several pricing and configuration options for our students, and we encourage them to study the options for what works best for them,” said James Almond, senior vice president and assistant treasurer.

At Purdue’s Calumet campus, room and board rates also will remain flat at the 2015-16 levels for the new academic year. The campus provides 744 beds in two- and four-bedroom configurations.

At IPFW, rates will remain flat overall for the coming year, with some options increasing in price and others decreasing. For some units, the cost will decrease between 2.13 percent and 3.69 percent, while others will increase between 1.04 percent and 2.98 percent, based on the option selected and student demand. Students currently residing in IPFW units who renew before March 31 will not see an increase. Those renewing by that date will be eligible for any applicable decreases, as well. Campus housing has 1,204 beds. 

About Purdue West Lafayette Student Life

The division of Student Life provides 12,729 beds across various price points and amenities at the West Lafayette campus, and all campus housing is voluntary. The system is financially self-supporting, and no state funds or general student fees are used for construction, maintenance or operations.

University Residences offers a package that includes furnished rooms with utilities and cable TV, and wireless high-speed Internet access. Meals are available 18 hours a day. Professional staff members live in residence halls to provide support to students and their communities. In addition, access to buildings is monitored, and security policies are enforced to help ensure student safety. 

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu 

Sources: Mitch Daniels, president@purdue.edu

James Almond, 765-494-9706, jsalmond@purdue.edu

Beth McCuskey, vice provost for student life, 765-494-1022, bmccuske@purdue.edu 

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