Comparing Expenses For Living On Campus vs. Off Campus

Living On Campus

Per MonthDouble Shared BathDouble Private BathSingle Shared BathSingle Private Bath
Untilities** (Gas/Elextric)IncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Food (Moderate)****548.75548.75548.75548.75
Total (Monthly)$1,396.25$1,443.75$1,660.00$1,715.00
Total (Semester)$5,585.00 $5,775.00$6,640.00$6,860.00

Living On Campus Notes:

  • Monthly rent cost for campus housing are the Housing Rates per room type, divided by a four (4) month period.

Living Off Campus

Per month Median
Utilities** (Gas/Electric)$165.31
Food (moderate)****$269.00
Total (Monthly)$2,172
Total (Semester)$8,689

Living Off Campus Notes:

  • Please be advised that rent costs are averages for the whole of Miami-Dade county. The cost of rent within individual neighborhoods of Miami may be substantially lower or higher than the figures represented above.
  • Utilities are averages per square feet. (The average cost of electricity per kWh is $0.116 for the Miami areas. This information was cited from the Bureau of Labor Statistics; "Average energy prices in Miami- Fort Lauderdale - September 2011.")
  • Cable and Internet costs are basic prices for these services. Special promotions, bundles, or added features are not reflected in these costs.

**** Food costs are national averages derived from the United States Department of Agriculture, for moderate food expense of males between 19-50 years of age.