University of California - San Diego

UCSD Housing Costs

What are the UCSD Living Expenses?

Room, board, and other expenses will add up to a great deal. How much does UCSD charge for these essentials, and how does this school compare to others?

On this page you will find:

UCSD Living Expenses Dining and housing costs at UCSD are combined. In 2021 the average student paid about $16,145 to cover living expenses.

The table below will show you the anticipated costs of both on-campus and off-campus housing and other expenses for University of California - San Diego.

Expense On Campus Off Campus
Room and Board $16,145 $16,145
Other Living Expenses $4,163 $4,881
Books and Supplies $1,152 $1,152
Total $21,460 $20,416

What is Room & Board Over Four Years? The Projected Sum Comes to $97,352

There has been an average 5.8% price change each year for the past five years in UCSD room & board costs, compared to a nationwide average change of 2.4%. If existing developments in room, board, and other expenses carry on, we expect incoming freshmen in 2022 to spend about $22,547 in their first year of college. By their closing year an undergraduate might spend an average of $23,696 for an associate degree, and $26,196 for a bachelor's degree.

The room and board total over four years would be close to $97,352; for just two years it will be about $46,244.


* estimated

How to Finance Your UCSD Education?

More 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 UCSD 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 17,765

Above Average Campus Costs

Students at UCSD pay $21,460 to live on campus, while the average student nationwide will pay only $15,282.


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