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Northwestern Housing Costs

$11,271 On-Campus Room Typical Cost
$6,993 On-Campus Meals Typical Cost
$1,566 Books & Supplies Typical Cost
$3,240 Other Living Expenses Typical Cost

What are the Northwestern Living Expenses?

Make the best financial choice for you by understanding the true cost of college. Start by understanding just how much you will pay every year for room, board, and other living expenses.

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Northwestern Housing and Meal Plan Costs Housing and dining plans are priced out separately at Northwestern. The average student spent $11,271 for housing and $6,993 for dining in 2021.

The table below shows the expected costs of on-campus and off-campus housing and meal plans for Northwestern University.

ExpenseOn CampusOff Campus
Room and Board$18,264$18,264
— Housing      $11,271
— Meals      $6,993
Other Living Expenses$3,240$3,240
Books and Supplies$1,566$1,566

What is Room & Board Over Four Years? The Forecasted Sum Comes to $108,743

There has been an average 3.2% cost change annually for the last five years in Northwestern room & board costs, compared to a nationwide average change of 2.4%. If existing tendencies in room, board, and other expenses continue, we predict incoming freshmen in 2022 to be charged about $24,467 in their first year of college. Those young people might wind up having to pay somewhere around $26,086 in their 2nd year, and $30,209 in their fourth year.

Four-year students will end up spending a total of somewhere around $108,743 in living costs by the time they graduate, while two-year students will pay a total of about $50,553.


* estimated

How to Finance Your Northwestern Education?

More Details on Campus Living Arrangements

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

Are Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?No
On-Campus Housing Capacity4,409

Above Average Campus Living Expenses

Northwestern on-campus living expenses cost students $23,070, which is over the average of $15,282.


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