Most Expensive Room and Board

If you thought paying for your college education was expensive, don’t forget that you have to add on your living expenses, as well–food, books, a place to sleep, keep your belongings, and take inventory of your heap of Ramen Noodles.

Remember, tuition does not include what you’ll be hemorrhaging out to pay for the aforementioned. So even though on every campus there’s always a story about a guy who managed to live and sleep in the university’s library systems his entire senior year, you should try to avoid creating that reputation for yourself.  After all, the libraries do not generally have showers. So you’ll smell on top of getting into trouble with university police.

Plus, you’ll want a bed to fall onto after 24 straight hours of studying and a mini refrigerator to keep your Red Bulls cold. But if you’re looking to save money on room and board, these schools, according to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) are probably not your best bet. That’s not to say that if your dream school’s on this list finding shelter at your price ranage will be impossible. You might just have to search harder for the deals and scholarships.

1. New York School of Interior Design 
Average room and board costs: $20,500

2. The Boston Conservatory
Average room and board costs: $16,500

3. Berklee College of Music
Average room and board costs: $15,830

4. University of California-Berkeley
Average room and board costs: $15,317

5. The New School
Average room and board costs: $15,260

6. Suffolk University
Average room and board costs: $14,904

7. Ringling College of Art and Design
Average room and board costs: $14,840

8. American Jewish University
Average room and board costs: $14,792

9. Fordham University
Average room and board costs: $14,491

10. University of California-Santa Cruz
Average room and board costs: $14,171

11. School of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston
Average room and board costs: $14,000

12. Manhattanville College
Average room and board costs: $13,920

13. St. John’s University-New York
Average room and board costs: 13900

14. University of California-Los Angeles
Average room and board costs: $13,743

15. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Average room and board costs: $13,700

16. New York University
Average room and board costs: $13,510

17. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Average room and board costs: $13,500

18. School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Average room and board costs: $13,500

19. American University
Average room and board costs: $13,468