If you are living on campus, chances are you're getting ripped off.
Most colleges and universities charge much more to live in on campus housing than nearby private options, and a new infographic from Movoto Real Estate, made by the design team at Fractl, puts in perspective how much more you're paying to live in university residence halls.
Going to Duke University? You're paying three times as much to live in dorms than at nearby apartments. The same is true at places like Emory University, Southern Methodist University and Davidson College, to name a few.
Don't believe the infographic? Try looking around on your own. Looking at the University of Nebraska, where you will be billed close to $9,000 for the year to live in residence halls. But the rent for campus housing is easily twice the rent prices for what you'd pay in apartments nearby with pools and much more space. And that's where you're paying a rent check to someone trying to make a profit, unlike the school.
Oh, and we haven't even gotten into the added required meal plans most schools require campus residences to buy.
So yeah, while the dorm experience is great for new freshmen, you might want to think about getting off campus to save some money.