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 113% of the U.S. norm for a student. In other words, it is 13% 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 $22,700 from a school in Berkeley, CA, where the cost of living is 240% 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 104% $9,100
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 113% $10,000
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor-Burns Park, MI 123% $11,000
University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 131% $11,800
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh-North Oakland, PA 133% $12,000
The University of Texas at Austin Austin-Hancock, TX 133% $12,000
University of Maryland-College Park College Park, MD 147% $13,400
Northwestern University Evanston, IL 150% $13,700
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN 157% $14,400
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 162% $14,900
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 168% $15,500
University of Washington-Seattle Seattle-University District, WA 202% $18,900
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 221% $20,800
University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA 240% $22,700
University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles-Westwood, CA 242% $22,900

Source: Economic Research Institute, Student Cost-of-Living Assessor

Data current as of: August, 2018