Off-Campus vs. On-Campus Living Costs

DISCLAIMER: Off-Campus Life has tried to provide a basic calculation for monthly costs of on and off-campus living; however, there can be significant differences. Please note that this does not cater itself to any particular situation. Student's costs may be higher or lower depending on needs and habits. Off-campus living can have many up-front costs that cannot be shown below, such as buying furniture, transportation to campus, parking, utility start-ups and lease signing costs, unforeseeable situations such as a roommate moving out, and more. Also, most leases off campus are 12 months, which means there are about 4 more months in the calendar year to pay for utilities compared to the roughly 8 month residence hall cycle. Unit square footage also needs to be taken into consideration when comparing on vs. off-campus living.

Begin with YOUR living situation, and see what is included in your price per month.

ON VS. OFF CAMPUS PRICE COMPARISON 

Residence Halls Rent per Person2 Utilities3 Food6 Total MONTHLY COST
Community Style Single Room Rate $990+ Included $587 - $859 $1,577 - $1,849
Community Style Double Room Rate $948+ Included

$587 - $859

$1,535 - $1,801
Suite Style Variation Room Rates  $842 - $1,236 Included $587 - $859 $1,429 - $2,095+
Off-Campus Apts. Rent per Person3 Utilities4-5 Food7
Total MONTHLY COST 
Ram's Village 1 Bdrm $1,025 $20 - $40 $168.20 - $340 $1123.20 - $1,405
State on Campus 1 Bdrm $1,059 $20 - $40 $168.20 - $340 $1247.20 - $1,439
The Grove 2 Bdrm $790 Included $168.20 - $340 $978.20 - $1,170
Ram's Pointe 2 Bdrm $705 $20 - $40 $168.20 - $340 $893.20 - $1,080.5
Ram's Village 2 Bdrm $690 $20 - $40 $168.20 - $340 $878.20 - $1,070
State on Campus  2 Bdrm $769 $20 - $40 $168.20 - $340 $957.20 - $1,149
The Grove 3 Bdrm $730 Included $168.20 - $340 $918.20 - $1,110
Ram's Pointe 3 Bdrm $615 $20 - $40 $168.20 - $340 $813.20 - $995
Ram's Village 3 Bdrm $625 $20 - $40 $168.20 - $340 $813.20 - $1,005
State on Campus  3 Bdrm $684 $20 - $40 $168.20 - $340 $872.20 - $1,064

You can also check out this Living Costs calculator by MyFico.com.


DISCLAIMER: THE FOUR APARTMENT COMPLEXES COMPARED ABOVE ARE THE MOST COMMON STUDENT FOCUSED COMPLEXES NEAR CAMPUS. OFF CAMPUS LIFE IS NOT ENDORSED OR DIRECTLY AFFILIATED WITH THE COMPLEXES ABOVE. ALL DATA WAS RETRIEVED DIRECTLY FROM APARTMENT COMPLEXES AND ABOVE AND SOURCES CITED ON THIS PAGE.

6ON-CAMPUS FOOD COSTS PER MONTH

MEAL PLAN  TOTAL MONTHLY COST
10 meals/ week  $587
14 meals/ week  $711
21 meals/ week  $777
Unlimited (up to 12 meals/day) $859


7OFF-CAMPUS FOOD COSTS PER MONTH

  Thrifty Low-Cost Moderate Liberal
Male $172.40 $241 $306 $353
Female $164 $208 $256 $327
Averages(Male and Female) $168.20 $224.50 $281 $340

Thrifty: Makes all meals from scratch; makes a list and sticks to it when shopping; on a very tight budget, no junk food.
Low-Cost: Makes most meals from scratch, but buys junk food once in awhile. No microwave meals.
Moderate: Uses convenience foods (i.e., macaroni and cheese) but does not buy very many microwave meals. Buys a substantial amount of junk food.
Liberal: Buys a lot of microwave meals and a lot of junk food.

Information based off April 2018 data. Find this information at: http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/USDAFoodCost-Home.htm 

ON VS. OFF-CAMPUS AMENITIES COMPARISON
 
Amenity Residence Halls The Grove  State on Campus Ram's Pointe Ram's Village
Basketball courts X X   X X
Coffee shop X X   X X
Computer lab X X X X X
Dining options X        
Fully furnished X X X X X
Game room X X X X  
Individual lease X X X X X
In-unit washer & dryer   X   X  
Library X        
Lounge area X X X X  
Outdoor fire pits   X X    
Outdoor grills   X X X X
Study area X X X   X
Swimming pool X   X X X
Tutoring X        
Volleyball courts X X X X X
Workout facility X X X X X
  1. Specific rent per residence hall can be found on the Housing & Dining Services website and are based on building and room type, then divided by 4 (112 days) to determine an average monthly rent.
  2. All Residence Hall rooms come with a board plan that includes $150 RamCash, 20 guest meals per semester, and access to six dining centers and two express facilities. For details on room rates that include board plans, please visit http://housing.colostate.edu/rates-application.
  3. Rent statistics for The Grove, The State, Ram's Pointe, and Ram's Village were provided directly from apartment complexes for March 2018.
  4. Utility rates vary depending on usage by tenants. One-time, start-up fees could reach $20-$100 depending on credit and company. Utilities are included in residence hall room costs and they can vary depending on off-campus housing.
  5. Utility rates on average are between $20-$40 per person based on statistics acquired from apartment complexes July 2018. 
  6. Cost of food while in residence halls varies depending on meal plan chosen for the semester. Please see the table able for different meal plan costs per month. 
  7. Off Campus food cost information is based off of April 2018 USDA.gov data. Find this information at http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/USDAFoodCost-Home.htm 

Updated 07/2018

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