No matter how you look at it, going to college isn’t cheap. When you consider expenses in college, you may first think of tuition. While tuition is undoubtedly a large lump sum, students accumulate several smaller expenses that add up over time. School supplies, groceries, clothing, and textbooks are just a few of the items that students must budget for.
If you are in college, you know how easy spending is and how quickly costs add up. Taking a proactive approach is the best way to save and make money while doing it. Auden Living has created a list of tips and tricks to guide you on your money-saving journey!
- Live Off Campus
Dorms and other on-campus living options are notoriously expensive at many colleges, which is why so many students opt to live off-campus. Dorms have fixed costs and often rise each semester, but with off-campus housing you can find a place that suits your needs at a more reasonable price. You can also get a cheaper apartment by looking with roommates, which usually isn’t an option on college campuses.
- Take Advantage of Amenities
If you choose to live off campus, you can cut costs by taking advantage of community amenities. At Auden Living properties, features such as fitness centers, swimming pools and yoga studios can save you the cost of a gym membership. Auden amenities such as an ice-skating rink and movie theater can drastically cut your entertainment expenses.
- Take on a Part-Time Job
Pick a part-time job with perks. If you’re getting a job, why not get one with extra financial benefits? Jobs at restaurants usually come with free meals and grocery store jobs often offer employee discounts. If you feel that it is too stressful to work and go to classes at the same time, consider working during your summers off and use the money you earn for tuition, books, or other expenses.
- Cut Extraneous Spending
If you are living off-campus, you’ll have a full serviced kitchen to make your own meals. When you cook for yourself, you can choose your meals instead of relying on an expensive meal plan. Consider limiting takeout orders and buy ingredients from the grocery store. Cooking for yourself is a great way to save money and eat what you want.
- Student Discounts
Take advantage of any student discounts from local businesses. Auden properties partner with GoPuff to save you delivery fees when you order groceries & cleaning supplies. Check out your local museums, libraries, galleries, and clothing shops and ask whether your student status can unlock perks & discounts.