Cost of Living Comparison

Current graduate students discuss the cost of living in South Bend

Any way you look at it, the University of Notre Dame and the surrounding community is a very affordable location.

The Student Cost of Living Index published by the Economic Research Institute is weighted towards everyday consumables that students tend to purchase.
The Housing Index published by Sperling’s Best Places breaks out just the cost of housing from the overall cost of living index.
The Overall Index published by Sperling’s Best Places represents the total cost of living in each city, relative to the national average of 100.

You can use this information to determine what you would require to match a Notre Dame stipend at another location as follows:
Required stipend at other location = (ND stipend) × (Index at other location) / (ND index)

The table below demonstrates the stipends required at other locations to match various levels of stipend offered at Notre Dame.

Last updated: February 28, 2017.

Index
Location Student Housing Overall Stipend A Stipend B Stipend C
South Bend, IN 100 33.6 77.1 $23,000 $26,500 $30,000
Columbus, OH 101 64.5 84.3 $25,148 $28,975 $32,802
St. Louis, MO 109 58.6 85.2 $25,416 $29,284 $33,152
Baltimore, MD 148 63.1 90.0 $26,848 $30,934 $35,019
Champaign-Urbana, IL 89 70.0 90.1 $26,863 $30,951 $35,039
Bloomington, IN 96 88.1 93.3 $27,833 $32,068 $36,304
West Lafayette, IN 86 90.5 95.5 $28,489 $32,824 $37,160
Durham, NC 107 93.9 97.1 $28,966 $33,374 $37,782
Phoenix, AZ 104 102.8 99.4 $29,652 $34,165 $38,677
Philadelphia, PA 161 68.7 99.5 $29,682 $34,199 $38,716
Atlanta, GA 136 103.1 101.8 $30,368 $34,990 $39,611
Providence, RI 127 84.7 106.4 $31,741 $36,571 $41,401
New Haven, CT 144 80.0 107.7 $32,128 $37,018 $41,907
Minneapolis, MN 153 117.8 109.4 $32,636 $37,602 $42,568
Madison, WI 133 115.9 109.6 $32,695 $37,671 $42,646
Chicago, IL 190 112.4 110.9 $33,083 $38,117 $43,152
Ithaca, NY 128 129.8 111.9 $33,381 $38,461 $43,541
Charlottesville, VA 101 142.4 113.3 $33,799 $38,942 $44,086
Austin, TX 122 161.1 117.4 $35,022 $40,351 $45,681
Ann Arbor, MI 108 172.6 122.3 $36,484 $42,036 $47,588
Miami, FL 173 156.5 122.8 $36,633 $42,208 $47,782
Evanston, IL 141 170.5 129.5 $38,632 $44,510 $50,389
Washington, DC 230 274.0 158.5 $47,283 $54,478 $61,673
San Diego, CA 193 291.9 166.0 $49,520 $57,056 $64,591
Los Angeles, CA 210 314.1 166.2 $49,580 $57,125 $64,669
Boston, MA 231 268.8 169.9 $50,684 $58,396 $66,109
Seattle, WA 186 314.5 176.5 $52,652 $60,665 $68,677
Princeton, NJ 144 417.4 207.3 $61,840 $71,251 $80,661
Berkely, CA 234 539.1 247.5 $73,833 $85,068 $96,304
Palo Alto, CA 241 1379.2 518.3 $154,616 $178,145 $201,673