Semester spending: How it all breaks down

College expenses: How do your semester spending habits compare?

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

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 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.

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