Rising rents have been hitting many households hard in recent months, and are especially challenging for college students. Academic obligations may limit students’ ability to work and earn money to put toward rent, and on-campus housing supply is not always sufficient to meet demand—and, in some cases, may not be more affordable than off-campus options. Students struggle the most with housing costs in locations where housing is expensive for all renters, but certain locations offer reasonable rents for student residents. Researchers ranked metros and states by the weighted average of off-campus room and board (not including those living with family) for the 2020-2021 academic year, with lower values being ranked higher.

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