The 2016 Rent Rate Final Four

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So your team was in the NCAA tournament, and by now, they’ve lost. That is, unless you live in Philadelphia, Syracuse, Norman or Chapel Hill. But you might also have some odd ties to the final four teams — Villanova, Syracuse, Oklahoma and North Carolina — so that could work also. The time has come, and the final four is upon us, meaning that you’ve probably seen more than your fair share of brackets throughout the madness of March.

So we figured we’d get in on the action and help predict the Final Four — the only way we know how. Since we’re in the business of helping renters find apartments all across the nation, what better way to predict the outcome of basketball games than by using rent rates on the various Final Four team campuses?

We also took a look at this year’s NCAA Tournament participants and ranked them from most expensive campus to least. Turns out the tournament would have looked quite different if rent rates, rather than on-court performance, had determined the bracket.

But before you see the rankings, we’ll help you predict the winner of this year’s National Championship.

If winners were determined by rent on campus, here’s what would happen.

Saturday, 5:09 PM CT – No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 2 Oklahoma

In this matchup, Villanova takes out Oklahoma with relative ease. The final rent score for this matchup: Villanova $932 – Oklahoma $579.

Saturday, 7:49 PM CT – No. 10 Syracuse vs. No. 1 North Carolina

In the second matchup of the night, this year’s Cinderella, Syracuse, is sent home packing by top-seeded North Carolina. Final rent score: North Carolina $916 – Syracuse $702. Good run ‘Cuse, good run.

Monday, 8:18 PM CT – No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 1 North Carolina

In this heavyweight battle of Philadelphia vs. Chapel Hill, Villanova captures the National (Rent) Championship and proves once again that the east coast boasts some of the highest rental rates across the country.

Maybe we’re right, maybe we’re wrong, but either way, check out the rest of our rankings of the most expensive NCAA Tournament campuses below; or start your search for an apartment in your own city at

School City 1-Bedroom Price Seed
California Berkeley, CA $3,417 1
Seton Hall South Orange, NJ $3,398 2
Maryland College Park, MD $2,391 3
Southern California Los Angeles, CA $2,148 4
Iona New Rochelle, NY $2,050 5
Miami Coral Gables, FL $1,917 6
Hawaii Honolulu, HI $1,635 7
Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY $1,356 8
Colorado Boulder, CO $1,335 9
Buffalo Buffalo, NY $1,317 10
Texas Austin, TX $1,250 11
Florida Gulf Coast Fort Myers, FL $1,233 12
Providence Providence, RI $1,179 13
St. Joseph’s Philadelphia, PA $1,135 14
Temple Philadelphia, PA $1,135 15
Wisconsin Madison, WI $1,076 16
Holy Cross Worcester, MA $1,070 17
Yale New Haven, CT $1,028 18
Virginia Charlottesville, VA $1,015 19
Duke Durham, NC $1,002 20
Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA $956 21
Virginia Commonwealth Richmond, VA $949 22
Villanova Philadelphia, PA $932 23
North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC $916 24
UNC – Wilmington Wilmington, NC $901 25
Iowa Iowa City, IA $885 26
Austin Peay Cedar Park, TX $875 27
Utah Salt Lake City, UT $855 28
UNC – Asheville Asheville, NC $850 29
Michigan Ann Arbor, MI $816 30
Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH $777 31
Xavier Cincinnati, OH $777 32
Iowa State Ames, IA $753 33
Oregon State Corvallis, OR $753 34
Fresno State Fresno, CA $752 35
Connecticut Storrs, CT $750 36
Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN $731 37
Indiana Bloomington, IN $716 38
Kentucky Lexington, KY $713 39
Syracuse Syracuse, NY $702 40
Cal State Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA $687 41
Texas A&M College Station $684 42
Stephen F. Austin Nacogdoches, TX $668 43
Oregon Eugene, OR $655 44
Michigan State East Lansing, MI $642 45
Purdue West Lafayette, IN $614 46
Kansas Lawrence, KS $601 47
Gonzaga Spokane, WA $595 48
Arkansas – Little Rock Little Rock, AK $582 49
Oklahoma Norman, OK $579 50
Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA $578 51
West Virginia Morgantown, WV $575 52
Middle Tennessee State Murfreesboro, TN $566 53
Texas Tech Lubbock, TX $565 54
Dayton Dayton, OH $558 55
Notre Dame South Bend, IN $553 56
Hampton Hampton, VA $550 57
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Green Bay, WI $541 58
Arizona Tucson, AZ $534 59
Baylor Waco, TX $523 60
Weber State Ogden, UT $483 61
Wichita State Wichita, KS $469 62
Butler Butler, IN $450 63
South Dakota State Brookings, SD $449 64

Thankfully, we don’t actually know the winner of the NCAA Tournament and we still have a couple more games to watch. What we do know, however, is that rent rates vary throughout the country and the coasts remain the priciest. So if you’re in need of a new place to fit your lifestyle or geographic location, you can always start your search with us at ABODO.

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