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Cost of Bills Index publishes data on Athens household bills | City News

Cost of Bills Index publishes data on Athens household bills | City News

According to the Cost of Bills Index published by Business Insider, Athens households spend an average of $2,069 per month on bills. The index takes into account ten major household bills such as rent or mortgage, utilities, car insurance, phone bills, internet bills and more.

Students may not have to deal with some of these bills, but rent and utilities are still very important to them. Average rent prices in Athens are around $1,275 and increasing annually, while COBI reports that average utilities are around $289.

Lilybet Jones, a sophomore at the University of Georgia, said that despite rising rent prices, living off campus is still more affordable than living in a dorm. Just two months into her freshman year at UGA, she began looking for off-campus housing.

“Price was a big factor in choosing my accommodation – on-campus accommodation is way too expensive for me. Plus, I have no guarantee that I’ll get the space I want, or even a space at all. I wanted to avoid that stress,” Jones said.

Sophia Paul, a fourth-year student at UGA, says she’s noticed that her utility bills change depending on the season, so she and her roommates try to be mindful of their electricity and water usage during the summer and winter months, when electricity and water usage tends to be higher.

In many apartment complexes in Athens, tenants do not have to pay all utilities, but Paul has chosen to rent a house because she finds it more comfortable and appreciates the space.

“One day we’re going to have to live on our own, so it feels like life off campus is like life in the real world, only with training wheels,” Paul said.

According to the Cost of Bills Index, the average bill cost in Athens is just below the national average. However, adjusted for income, Athens pays 45% more for bills than the national average.

According to the report, Athens is only the 73rd most expensive city in the state of Georgia. This means that despite the rising costs, rents and utilities in Athens are still below the state average.