December 8, 2017

No increase again for Purdue room and board rates at WL, PNW campuses; PFW weighted average decreases

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — For the sixth consecutive year, students at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus will see no room and board rate increase for the next academic year. The 2018-19 rates will actually be lower than those of 2012-13. In combination with a sixth consecutive year of zero tuition increase, this means that the total cost of attending Purdue will be less in 2019 than in 2012.

Room and board rates at Purdue University Northwest-Hammond Campus will remain flat for a third straight year. Rates at Purdue University Fort Wayne will be adjusted to reflect market prices and demand, but, overall, there will be a 3 percent decrease in the average room rate, marking the third straight year that the weighted average rate has not increased.

Purdue’s Board of Trustees approved the rates on Friday (Dec. 8).

“We are continuing our commitment to making a Purdue education obtainable and affordable for students and families,” Purdue President Mitch Daniels said. “To get the most out of the university experience, we want to make it an attainable option for students to live on campus, where they can take full advantage of the academic and social benefits a university campus has to offer.”

Those living in West Lafayette campus residence halls are required to carry one of five meal plans, ranging from $2,998 to $5,398 for the academic year, and dining dollars can be used in all Purdue Dining & Catering retail locations. Depending on the type of campus housing students select, the price per academic year for room only will range from $2,446 for a small double room in 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.

“We structure our options so that students and families can choose the best fit for their budgets and needs,” said James Almond, senior vice president and assistant treasurer.

Purdue Northwest-Hammond Campus provides 744 beds in two- and four-bedroom apartment-style configurations. Rates for the two- and four-bed units will remain $5,595 and $6,514, respectively.

At Purdue Fort Wayne, 1,140 beds will be provided in one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom configurations. All offerings across various apartment styles will contain only one bed per bedroom. Single-bed, single-bath units will increase 1.3 percent, while the smaller two-bedroom, two-bath units will decrease 2.97 percent. The four-bedroom, two-bath apartments will decrease 8.7 percent. Prices range from $4,930 to $9,826.

About Purdue West Lafayette Student Life

The Division of Student Life provides approximately 13,416 beds across various price points and amenities on 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, 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, 

Sources: Mitch Daniels,

James Almond, 765-494-9706,

Beth McCuskey, vice provost for student life, 765-494-1022,

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