California Institute of the Arts

CalArts Housing Costs

How Much Does it Cost to Stay at CalArts ?

Realizing the many expenses related to going to college will allow you to make a good college choice. These additional costs of supplies, room, and board can add up fast!

On this page you will find:

CalArts Living Expenses

Housing and dining plans are priced out separately at CalArts. The average student spent $6,840 for housing and $5,684 for dining in 2020.

Find out California Institute of the Arts housing expenses for both on-campus and off-campus, as well as dining plans and other expenses in the table below.

Expense On Campus Off Campus
Room and Board $12,809 $16,000
— Housing       $6,840
— Meals       $5,684
Other Living Expenses $7,656 $7,656
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000
Total $21,465 $24,656

What is Room & Board Over Four Years? The Projected Sum Comes to $89,778

On-campus housing and dining at CalArts have changed an average of 2.9% for each of the past five years, compared to a nationwide average change of 2.4%. If today's trends in housing and meal expenses go on, we expect incoming first year students in 2021 to spend about $21,804 in their first year of college. Two-year students might pay approximately $22,199 in their last year, while those pursuing a bachelor's degree will likely spend about $23,130 for their last year.

The room and board total over the course of four years will be close to $89,778; for just two years it would be about $44,003.


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More Details on Campus Living Arrangements & Food Plans

Are you wondering whether you may be required to live on campus? If you are a first-time full-time student, some schools may require it. See the table below to find out whether CalArts does or not, as well as the on-campus housing capacity.

Schools may offer meal plans where the number of meals per week can vary, for example, the student receives a meal card and charges meals against the card. Then there are schools like CalArts that offer meal plans based on the number of meals per week. See the table below to find out the number of meals per week in the maximum meal plan offered at CalArts.

Question Answer
Are Freshmen Required to Live on Campus? No
On-Campus Housing Capacity 425
Meals Per Week Included in Max Meal Plan 17

Room & Board Costs Higher Than Average

With on-campus living expenses totaling $21,465, California Institute of the Arts is above the national average of $14,951.



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