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Iowa State Housing Costs

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

Make a good college decision for yourself by understanding the true cost of college. Begin by knowing just how much you'll be paying a year for housing, food, and more.

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Iowa State Housing and Meal Plan Costs

In 2020, Iowa State students paid out $4,783 for housing and $4,782 for the meal plan.

The next table outlines average expected prices at Iowa State University both for living on campus or off campus, dining as well as other expenses.

Expense On Campus Off Campus
Room and Board $9,193 $9,193
— Housing       $4,783
— Meals       $4,782
Other Living Expenses $2,430 $2,430
Books and Supplies $1,001 $1,001
Total $12,624 $12,624

Projected Total of $52,898 in Living Costs Over 4 Years

There has been an average 2.5% cost change each year for the past five years in Iowa State housing and dining costs, compared to a nationwide average change of 2.4%. Incoming first year students in 2021 can expect to pay an average of $12,858 for room, board and other costs according to today's trends. Associate degree students might spend somewhere around $13,098 in their last year, while those pursuing a bachelor's degree will likely spend about $13,597 for their last year.

The room and board total over four years will be around $52,898; for two years it will be about $25,956.


* estimated

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.

Question Answer
Are Freshmen Required to Live on Campus? No
On-Campus Housing Capacity 11,156

Not Able to Find Campus Expenses

We wanted to report to you how on-campus living expenses at Iowa State compares to the national average, but that information was not obtainable. It could be because the majority of learners who attend this school commute, or take online classes.

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