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10 States With Least Expensive Room And Board

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At some universities, living in the college dorms is not only part of the university experience, but it’s also mandatory to ensure students acclimate to college life. Second only to tuition, room and board fees can exceed $20,000, as is the case at The New York School of Interior Design where annual housing and living expenses are estimated at $21,000 annually. Fortunately, room and board at most colleges is much more affordable.

According to Edmit data, the average cost of room and board in the 2017-2018 year was $10,369. At many schools, room and board is even less expensive. Schools in the Plains (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) and Southeast (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) regions of the United States have the most affordable room and board, with the exception of Oklahoma, which is located in the Southwest region.

If you’re hoping to save on the second highest college expense, we’ve gathered a list of states with the most affordable room and board fees.

10 States with the Least Expensive Room and Board

#10 Kentucky - $8,410 average room and board

Despite having the highest room and board fees on this list, the average room and board fees in Kentucky are about $2,000 cheaper than the national average for public and private schools.


#9 Nebraska - $8,370 average room and board

Choosing a popular state school, such as the University of Nebraska or Wayne State College will offer more affordable tuition and room and board.

#8 Alabama - $8,228 average room and board

Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama was number five on our list of colleges in the nation with the least expensive room and board.

#7 Montana - $8,141 average room and board

The dorms at Rocky Mountain College are ranked the best college dorms in Montana based on student reviews.

#6 Utah - $8,004 average room and board

The now-closed Art Institute of Salt Lake City had the most expensive dorms in the state of Utah. However, the most sought after dorms in Utah are at Brigham Young University, based on student reviews and data according to this poll.

#5 Alaska - $7,900 average room and board

The University of Alaska Juneau campus, home to the University of Alaska Southeast, is ranked first for the best dorms in the state by Niche.

#4 Mississippi - $7,735 average room and board

Mississippi is home to some of the most affordable colleges in the nation. In addition to having low room and board fees, Mississippi is home of Rust College, which offers the most affordable tuition rates in the state and was number five on our list of colleges with the least expensive room and board.

#3 South Dakota - $7,668 average room and board

Presentation College in Aberdeen is home to the highest ranked dorms in South Dakota.

#2 North Dakota - $7,484 average room and board

Valley City State University in Valley City has the highest ranked dorms in the state.

#1 Oklahoma - $7,436 average room and board

In our list of colleges with the least expensive room and board, Oklahoma was the most represented state, with three colleges on that list including Oklahoma Panhandle State University. As one of the most affordable states to live in, it’s no surprise that Oklahoma is the state with the least expensive room and board fees.

Note: State room and board averages are from the 2017-2018 academic year

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