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Columbia Housing Costs

$1,600 Books & Supplies Typical Cost
$2,856 Other Living Expenses Typical Cost
$16,456 On-Campus Room & Board Typical Cost
$2,856 Other Off-Campus Living Expenses Typical Cost

What are the Columbia College Chicago Living Expenses?

Room, board, and other charges may add up to a great deal. How much does Columbia College Chicago charge for these needs, and how does it compare to other schools?

On this page you will find:

Columbia Housing and Meal Plan Costs Housing and dining costs at Columbia are bundled together. In 2021 the average student paid about $16,456 for cost of living.

Learn Columbia College Chicago costs for both on-campus and off-campus housing in addition to other charges in the the next table.

ExpenseOn CampusOff Campus
Room and Board$16,456$16,456
Other Living Expenses$2,856$2,856
Books and Supplies$1,600$1,600

Forecasted Total of $93,788 in Room & Board Over Four Years

There was an average 5.7% price change annually over the past five years in Columbia room & board costs, compared to a nationwide average change of 2.4%. Incoming freshmen in 2022 can expect to spend roughly $21,868 for room, board and other costs based upon today's movements. By their closing year an undergraduate might spend approximately $22,881 for a two-year degree, and $25,085 for a bachelor's degree.

Bachelor's degree students will end up paying a total sum of approximately $93,788 in housing and dining expenses by the time they graduate, while two-year students might pay a total sum of about $44,749.


* estimated

How to Finance Your Columbia Education?

Living and Dining on Campus at Columbia

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 Columbia 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 Columbia 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 Columbia.

Are Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?No
On-Campus Housing Capacity2,158
Meals Per Week Included in Max Meal Plan15

Room, Board & Other Expenses are Above Average

Columbia students spend $20,912 to stay on campus, while the average student nationwide pays only $15,282.


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