Semester spending: How it all breaks down

Think you’re spending too much? Here’s what the average college student spends on basic living expenses in one year.

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Though college students are stereotyped to eat ramen for dinner and live on notoriously tight budgets, your discretionary spending certainly adds up and has an economic impact: A study from ecampus.com found that college students spend a whopping $60 billion each year on every day needs like dorm room essentials, snacks, and video games.

So how do you compare to your peers when it comes to budgetary breakdown? Take a look at the numbers below to see the typical spend of a college student — and exactly what that cash is funding.

College expenses: How do your semester spending habits compare? - Typical college cash flow stats