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The cost of college dorms is high, but not in the most expensive cities




The UC Merced campus is seen in Merced, Calif., Monday, April 20, 2009.
The UC Merced campus is seen in Merced, Calif., Monday, April 20, 2009.
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Everybody knows tuition costs for higher education have skyrocketed.

But wait until you see the price for room and board on California campuses. In some cases, it's even more than in-state tuition.

And Mercury News reporter Emily DeRuy found that, for some reason, dorm life is more expensive at places like UC Merced compared to top tier schools in places with much more expensive local housing like UCLA.

Listen to the whole interview by clicking the audio player above.