Compare the Cost of Living

UNC-Chapel Hill is one of the most affordable public research universities for graduate education. This can mean smaller loans, less need for funding, and more money for other things. Less financial burden now translates into more financial freedom after you graduate.

We've used the Student Cost-Of-Living Tool to compare the cost of living in the Chapel Hill, NC area to UNC-Chapel Hill's official peer universities.

The cost of living in Chapel Hill is 109% of the U.S. norm for a student. That is, it is 9% higher than the U.S. national average.

If you are comparing funding awards or financial aid packages, consider how far funding will go in each city. For example, for every $10,000 from UNC-Chapel Hill, you would need almost $22,000 from a school in Berkeley, CA, where the cost of living is 229% higher than the U.S. national average.

But the affordable cost of living is just part of what it means to be a Tar Heel.

It also means being a part of a vibrant campus and community, while still being close to urban areas like Raleigh and Durham. UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students enjoy many opportunities for professional development and networking. Chapel Hill is close to many private, non-profit, and government employers.

Comparison School City Cost-of-living as compared to U.S. norm Amount needed to match $10,000 in Chapel Hill
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 102% $9,300
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 109% $10,000
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor-Burns Park, MI 118% $10,900
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh-North Oakland, PA 123% $11,400
The University of Texas at Austin Austin-Hancock, TX 128% $11,900
University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 129% $12,000
University of Maryland-College Park College Park, MD 138% $12,900
Northwestern University Evanston, IL 144% $13,500
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN 154% $14,500
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 156% $14,700
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 158% $14,900
University of Washington-Seattle Seattle-University District, WA 194% $18,500
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 206% $19,700
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA 229% $22,000
University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles-Westwood, CA 229% $22,000

Source: Economic Research Institute
Data current as of: May 2016