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Rice Housing Costs

$10,100 On-Campus Room Typical Cost
$4,700 On-Campus Meals Typical Cost
$1,300 Books & Supplies Typical Cost
$2,750 Other Living Expenses Typical Cost

How Much Will it Cost to Live at Rice ?

There are extra costs associated with going to college in addition to tuition. Find out exactly how much you will end up having to pay to go to Rice University .

On this page you will find:

Rice Room and Board Expenses In 2021, Rice students paid out $10,100 for housing and $4,700 for the meal plan.

Find out Rice University housing costs for both on-campus and off-campus, along with dining plans along with other expenses in the table below.

ExpenseOn CampusOff Campus
Room and Board$14,800$14,800
— Housing      $10,100
— Meals      $4,700
Other Living Expenses$2,750$2,750
Books and Supplies$1,300$1,300

Over Four Years You Could Spend About $79,183 for Housing, Food and Other Stuff

In the past five years, Rice housing and dining costs have changed 1.9% on average each year, compared to a nationwide average change of 2.4%. If current developments in housing and meal expenses carry on, we predict incoming first years in 2022 to be charged about $19,220 in their first year of school. In their final year a student would spend an average of $19,599 for a two-year degree, and $20,378 for a bachelor's degree.

The complete degree (assuming you graduate on-time) the sum will come to approximately $79,183 for a four-year stay or $38,820 for a two-year stay.


* estimated

How to Finance Your Rice Education?

Details on Your Campus Living Situation and Meal Plan

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 Rice 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 Rice 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 Rice.

Are Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?No
On-Campus Housing Capacity3,533
Meals Per Week Included in Max Meal Plan21

Room & Board Costs Higher Than Average

With room, board, books, supplies, and additional expenses costing students living on campus $18,850, Rice University is above the national average of $15,282.


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