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.

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

Residence halls
rent
per person2
utilities3 cable/internet food7
total

Community Double Style Room Rate

$625-$675

Included Included See information below $625-$771
Community Style Hall Designed Single Room Rate

$708-$799

Included Included See information below $708-$799
Suite Hall Double Room Rate $720 - $780 Included Included See information below $720-$780
Suite Hall Designed Single Room Rate $720-$911 Included Included See information below $720-$911
Off-Campus Apts.
Rent per person2
Utilities3-6 
 
Cable/internet
food8
 
Total
 
Ram's Village 1 Bdrm

$865-$915

Usage-based Included See chart below $865-$915
The Summit on College 1 Bdrm $950 Usage-based Included See chart below $950
The Grove 2 Bdrm $690 Included Included See chart below $690
Ram's Pointe 2 Bdrm

$590-$615

Usage-based Included See chart below $590-$615
Ram's Village 2 Bdrm $565-$660 Usage-based Included See chart below

$565-$660

The Summit on College 2 Bdrm $660-$670 Usage-based Included See chart below $660-$670
The Grove 3 Bdrm $655 Included Included See chart below $655
Ram's Pointe 3 Bdrm $500-$615 Usage-based Included See chart below $500-$615
Ram's Village 3 Bdrm $500-$590 Usage-based Included See chart below $500-$590
The Summit on College 3 Bdrm $590-$600 Usage-based Included See chart below $590-$600

Student loans, particularly reward notices from the FAFSA application, budget for living costs, whether on or off campus. When living off campus, these costs are refunded to the student instead of going to pay for on-campus housing.

1 Rent for Grove, Summit, Ram's Pointe, Ram's Village was given to us directly from apartment complexes for March 2015.

 

2 Specific rent per residence hall can be found on Housing & Dining Services website and are based on building and room type, then divided by 4 to determine an average monthly rent.

 

Utilities rates can greatly vary depending on usage by tenants. One-time, start-up fees occur for most utility companies. Utilities fees could be as much around $20-$100 depending on credit and company. Utilities are included in residence hall room costs.

 

Grove utilities include gas, $30 voucher for electric/bedroom.

 

Summit utilities calculated by receiving average amounts from Fort Collins Utilities and Xcel Energy (could not receive averages from Summit on College, because they are brand new).

 

Ram's Pointe and Ram's Village utilities average was given to us directly from apartment complexes.

 

7 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.  

 

OFF-CAMPUS FOOD COSTS PER MONTH
 
Thrifty Low-Cost Moderate Liberal
Male $187 $242 $303 $374
Female $165 $209 $259 $330

http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/USDAFoodCost-Home.htm

 

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.

Check out this awesome video from Colorado State University Res Life about living On-Campus! http://youtu.be/1boGPSY5mTA

 
ON VS. OFF-CAMPUS AMENITIES COMPARISON
Amenity
Residence Halls THe Grove The Summit on College Ram's Pointe Ram's Village
Basketball courts X X     X
Coffee shop X X   X X
Computer lab X X X X X
Dining options X        
Frisbee golf     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  
Putting green     X    
Study area X X X    
Swimming pool X   X X X
Tanning booths   X   X X
Tutoring X        
Volleyball courts X X   X X
Workout facility X X X X X

updated 08/2015