UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Georgia are adversaries as old as time. Both schools claim to be the nation’s first public university. Both Chapel Hill and Athens have been named as best college towns in the country in years past. And both schools have plenty of national championships under their belt, so the comparison makes sense.
The one thing those slobbery Bulldogs have on us, though? Athens is cheaper than Chapel Hill.
Housing costs in Athens are 28% less expensive than in Chapel Hill, according to the Forbes Cost of Living Calculator. When compared to a national index of 100, Chapel Hill’s housing costs soar to 157.5, whereas those in Athens settle at 79.7.
Those numbers don’t scare you? Let’s twist the knife a little bit.
Say you earn the median pre-tax household income in Chapel Hill, $75,249. You decide to move to Athens because you prefer football over basketball, or you look better in red. You would only need a household income of $68,402 to maintain your same standard of living.
Think about all the He’s Not Here blue cups you could buy with that extra $6,847.
Not only do residents of Chapel Hill get the short end of the stick, but UNC students also feel a similar kick to the stomach. UNC’s room and board costs reach $13,016 per year, whereas Georgia’s fall around $11,246.
The discrepancy in housing costs is even more insulting considering almost all of their residence halls are more updated than ours. Their youngest dorm completed construction in 2022, while our newest dorm was finished during JFK’s presidency. Just kidding — Koury earned its last brick in 2002.
On the bright side, while UGA students may have a little extra spending money, we have stronger immune systems. Molding air conditioning units and archaic mattresses will challenge you like that.