College Price Index is our attempt to create a Consumer Price Index to reflect the college lifestyle. Using Venmo data, we calculate the cost of things like beer, pizza, and textbooks over time.

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The chart below represents the percent of total spending college students spend on items in each of the six categories over time.

Food
Housing
Transportation
Vices
Recreation
School

These charts represent the average amount of money spent on items in the categories shown over time. Click on a chart's title to see detailed information about the items that make up that category.

Created by Tara Beiser, Michael Bock, Ze'ev Lailari, and Julian Ozen