The 30 most expensive colleges to live near

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There's no way around it: College is expensive. Not only do tuition prices continue to rise, but location can skew the final price tag as well, especially for students who want to live close to campus.

HomeUnion, an online residential real estate investment management firm, compiled a list of the colleges with the most expensive off-campus housing. The site compared the median rent within a two-mile radius of the university's campus to the market-rate rent for the larger metro area to find which schools have inflated rent costs near campus.

Universities in California — Los Angeles-based UCLA and Stanford, located on the outskirts of San Jose in Silicon Valley — earned the top two spots, with students paying more than 50% the market rate to live close to campus. Though notorious for its high cost of living, New York City landed at No. 10 on the list, likely due to the fact that prices remain high throughout the city and don't necessarily spike close to New York University's campus.

Read on to see the full list of the most expensive colleges to live near.

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30. University of Michigan

Metro area: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Median rent near campus: $1,964

Market-rate rent: $1,793

Percent above market: 9%

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28. (TIE) Clemson University

Metro area: Greenville, South Carolina

Median rent near campus: $1,288

Market-rate rent: $1,158

Percent above market: 11%

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28. (TIE) University of Wisconsin at Madison

Metro area: Madison, Wisconsin

Median rent near campus: $1,794

Market-rate rent: $1,611

Percent above market: 11%

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27. University of Central Florida

Metro area: Orlando, Florida

Median rent near campus: $1,552

Market-rate rent: $1,385

Percent above market: 12%

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26. Pennsylvania State University

Metro area: State College, Pennsylvania

Median rent near campus: $1,473

Market-rate rent: $1,289

Percent above market: 14%

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25. Georgetown University

Metro area: Washington, D.C.

Median rent near campus: $2,335

Market-rate rent: $2,033

Percent above market: 15%

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24. Eastern Florida State College

Metro area: Melbourne, Florida

Median rent near campus: $1,519

Market-rate rent: $1,310

Percent above market: 16%

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22. (TIE) University of Colorado at Boulder

Metro area: Boulder, Colorado

Median rent near campus: $2,489

Market-rate rent: $2,122

Percent above market: 17%

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22. (TIE) Georgia State University

Metro area: Atlanta, Georgia

Median rent near campus: $1,530

Market-rate rent: $1,304

Percent above market: 17%

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20. (TIE) University of Pittsburgh

Metro area: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Median rent near campus: $1,328

Market-rate rent: $1,115

Percent above market: 19%

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20. (TIE) Cleveland State University

Metro area: Cleveland, Ohio

Median rent near campus: $1,473

Market-rate rent: $1,235

Percent above market: 19%

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19. Virginia Tech

Metro area: Blacksburg, Virginia

Median rent near campus: $1,462

Market-rate rent: $1,191

Percent above market: 22%

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18. University of Texas at Austin

Metro area: Austin, Texas

Median rent near campus: $2,037

Market-rate rent: $1,653

Percent above market: 23%

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15. (TIE) Ohio State University

Metro area: Columbus, Ohio

Median rent near campus: $1,635

Market-rate rent: $1,321

Percent above market: 24%

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15. (TIE) Florida Atlantic University

Metro area: Palm Beach, Florida

Median rent near campus: $2,477

Market-rate rent: $2,000

Percent above market: 24%

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15. (TIE) Cornell University

Metro area: Ithaca, New York

Median rent near campus: $2,082

Market-rate rent: $1,675

Percent above market: 24%

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14. University of Massachusetts Center at Springfield

Metro area: Springfield, Massachusetts

Median rent near campus: $2,013

Market-rate rent: $1,596

Percent above market: 26%

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13. Santa Fe College

Metro area: Gainesville, Florida

Median rent near campus: $1,510

Market-rate rent: $1,173

Percent above market: 29%

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12. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Metro area: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Median rent near campus: $1,739

Market-rate rent: $1,329

Percent above market: 31%

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10. (TIE) New York University

Metro area: New York, New York

Median rent near campus: $2,881

Market-rate rent: $2,139

Percent above market: 34%

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10. (TIE) Portland State University

Metro area: Portland, Oregon

Median rent near campus: $2,327

Market-rate rent: $1,724

Percent above market: 34%

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9. Michigan State University

Metro area: Lansing, Michigan

Median rent near campus: $1,282

Market-rate rent: $948

Percent above market: 35%

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8. University of Washington

Metro area: Seattle, Washington

Median rent near campus: $2,786

Market-rate rent: $2,044

Percent above market: 36%

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7. University of Texas at Dallas

Metro area: Dallas, Texas

Median rent near campus: $2,058

Market-rate rent: $1,476

Percent above market: 39%

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6. University of Utah

Metro area: Salt Lake City, Utah

Median rent near campus: $2,043

Market-rate rent: $1,443

Percent above market: 41%

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3. (TIE) University of California at Berkeley

Metro area: Oakland, California

Median rent near campus: $4,070

Market-rate rent: $2,822

Percent above market: 44%

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3. (TIE) Harvard University

Metro area: Boston, Massachusetts

Median rent near campus: $3,287

Market-rate rent: $2,276

Percent above market: 44%

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3. (TIE) University of Miami

Metro area: Miami, Florida

Median rent near campus: $2,818

Market-rate rent: $1,916

Percent above market: 44%

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2. Stanford University

Metro area: San Jose, California

Median rent near campus: $5,705

Market-rate rent: $3,499

Percent above market: 63%

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1. University of California at Los Angeles

Metro area: Los Angeles, California

Median rent near campus: $4,343

Market-rate rent: $2,409

Percent above market: 80%

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