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Iowa State Housing Costs

$4,590 On-Campus Room Typical Cost
$4,498 On-Campus Meals Typical Cost
$1,000 Books & Supplies Typical Cost
$2,430 Other Living Expenses Typical Cost

Iowa State University Dorm & Dining Costs and How They Measure up?

Make a good financial choice for yourself by understanding the true cost of college. Get started by being familiar with just how much you'll be paying every year for food, housing, books and more.

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Iowa State Housing and Meal Plan Costs Iowa State prices housing and dining separately. The on-campus housing charge for a typical student was $4,590 in 2021, and the cost of an average meal plan was $4,498.

The following table outlines average prices at Iowa State University both for living on campus or off campus, meals and additional charges.

ExpenseOn CampusOff Campus
Room and Board$9,088$9,088
— Housing      $4,590
— Meals      $4,498
Other Living Expenses$2,430$2,430
Books and Supplies$1,000$1,000

Will You Spend 4 Years in the Dorms? Projected Cost is $51,218

On-campus housing and dining at Iowa State have changed an average of 1.4% for each of the past five years, compared to a nationwide average change of 2.4%. If present trends go on, 2022 incoming first year students will pay about $12,630 in room, board and additional expenses in the first year of attendance. By their last year an undergraduate would spend roughly $12,745 for a two-year degree, and $12,980 for a bachelor's degree.

Four-year students will end up having to pay a total sum of somewhere around $51,218 in housing and dining expenses by the time they complete their degree, while two-year students will pay a total sum of about $25,375.


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Details on Living On Campus

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 Iowa State does or not, as well as the on-campus housing capacity.

Are Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?No
On-Campus Housing Capacity9,400

Not Able to Determine On-Campus Costs

We wanted to report to you how on-campus living expenses at Iowa State compares to the national average, however that information was not obtainable. It might be because most of the learners who attend this school commute, or are online students.

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