Have you ever heard the old saying, “College was the best time of my life?” This may be the case for many college students. But sadly, college often comes with a suitcase full of surprises that may seem determined to ruin your life.
These issues can come in many forms – scheduling classes, the amount of studying expected or even handling new relationships. But one of the more common problems college students tend to face are financial issues.
When I started college, I was ready to take the world by storm. I had a full academic scholarship and was living at home. I had no idea about the struggles I was soon to face, first hand and up close.
For others, especially students without scholarships, college can become a financial nightmare. If you fall into this category, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Everyone struggles in college, but here’s some advice on how to stay on top of it all.
Where will you live?
Despite a recent increase in the number of college students living at home, many students experience living on their own for the first time during their college years. This could mean moving closer to campus, moving states, or even moving countries.
Living on your own can be expensive. And for students who are only working part-time, or not at all, paying rent can become a major concern.
When I returned home from a summer vacation, I discovered that living at home was no longer an option. At 19, I had never lived on my own before and was overwhelmed with the idea of taking on my own financial responsibilities.
Before moving out, do your research. Is it cheaper to live on campus or off? Staying in on-campus housing may cut down your overall cost of living on a month to month basis, especially if the rent for the semester can be paid with tuition.