Simpson University’s Hometown Named 10th Most Affordable College City in U.S.

Photo: The Sundial Bridge in Redding stretches over the Sacramento River, which flows through the center of town.

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s hometown of Redding was the only California city listed in a recent survey identifying the nation’s most affordable cities for college students, ranked at No. 10.

“This city offers surprisingly affordable housing, considering California is one of the most expensive spots in the country,” says the report released by Student Loan Hero using cost-of-living data from Numbeo. The data showed single-bedroom apartments in Redding rent for an average of $745 per month.

“Simpson University students also pay significantly less for room and board than students at other private colleges,” Student Loan Hero’s report said. “The college’s cost beats the $12,210 annual average for private colleges by about $3,500.”


A rainbow stretches over Simpson University residence halls.

CNBC ran a story about the survey this week, listing the top 10 “cheapest college towns.”

It said this about Redding: “Although California is home to some of the most expensive places to live in the country, students at Simpson University are getting a deal.
“Undergrads in this Northern California city pay $8,274 for room and board per academic year—much less than students have to shell out at other private schools. With many national parks nearby, there’s also plenty to do outside the classroom that costs nothing at all.”

Peter Martinez, Simpson University’s director of admissions, said the national ranking gives university recruiters an additional resource to share with prospective students and their families.

“It has the potential to bolster our marketing, and for the community of Redding to benefit as well,” he said. “When a student comes to Simpson, they become part of Redding.”

Taking full advantage of the Redding area’s recreational offerings, Simpson University launched an Outdoor Leadership major in fall 2007. Students in the program regularly visit the state and national wilderness areas and parks within an hour’s drive from campus.


Simpson University Outdoor Leadership students have easy access to lakes, trails, mountains and more, thanks to Redding’s location in the heart of the Shasta Recreation Area.

Learn more about Simpson University, and talk to an admissions counselor about the affordability of a quality Christian higher education in Redding’s scenic location, at

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit