Fortunately for most college students, living expenses are rather minimal since most of the necessary incidentals are taken care of with tuition fees. Since apartment dwellers are often not required to purchase meal plans from their college, students have a real opportunity to spend less money on their food bills than their dorm-dwelling peers. Grocery stores offer shoppers the ability to use coupons unlike campus eateries which charge, sometimes outlandish, flat rate fees for meals. Restaurants outside of the college also offer great coupon deals. As an apartment dweller, be careful buying meals at the college without a meal plan, the meals are usually overpriced and are rarely ever offered at sale prices.
A great perk to living in an apartment and still being a student is: still having access to the college’s awesome perks like: free, or low-priced, concerts and sports events, free (or low cost) access to the school’s gym and aerobic classes. Some colleges also offer students with young children, low cost child care services at the college’s child care center/s. Many larger universities Marshall University and West Virginia University offer their students discounts on services the student obtains at campus medical hospitals, which are often staffed with the college’s student interns and residents.
Other great tips for saving money renting an apartment:
– Check out at least 3 apartments before making a decision to make sure you are getting the best deal possible.
– Use coupons for purchases. There are free coupons available to every consumer for most anything on the internet and in the Sunday newspaper.
– Try to make meals at the apartment more than eating out. Not only is cooking your own meals more cost effective than eating out, it is often times healthier.
– Sign up for UPromise, and link your debit and credit cards to your account. A percentage of many of the purchases you make on a daily basis go towards student loans. For every gas purchase made with a credit/debit card that is linked to a Upromise account, around 2% is earned. Your parents, family friends, and relatives can also sign up for UPromise and link their account to yours to help add to your savings.