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When Bill Zhou was accepted to the University of California, Berkeley last year, he checked out housing and found it all too expensive.

So Zhou commuted from Los Angeles for a one-year master’s in engineering, The Los Angeles Times reported.

He flew round trip on every class day, typically Monday-Wednesday-Friday. He said it was worth it. “They have the best civil engineering program in the entire country,” he said.

Zhou spent about $5,600 on airfare, plus public transportation to/from airports, and that amounted to much less than it would have cost him to rent a place.