College living expenses
According to Education Data.org, ‘during 2019-2020 academic year the average yearly price of tuition, fees, room, and board was $30,500.’
There are many different expenses to consider when moving to college. Costs vary greatly depending on factors such as the location of the college accommodation, modes of transport, the length of the degree and lifestyle habits.
Living expenses can be split into categories for budgeting purposes. Such as; tuition and fees, room and board, transportation, books and supplies, food and other expenses that may include socializing with friends.
College living can be expensive, so it’s always a good idea to do some research beforehand. There are certain costs that you can have more control over than others.
Pros and cons of having a roommate in college
If you’re new to the concept of sharing your personal living space then it may take some time to adjust to having someone by your side as you go about your daily routine.
Having a roommate definitely brings some challenges. It can feel strange to live away from home with a completely new person at first. It can be daunting wondering if you will share the same interests and enjoy each other’s company.
Having a roommate isn’t the best option for everyone. Some people prefer to live alone and have their own space, keeping complete independence over their routine. Others find living alone to be quite isolated and prefer the comfort of a shared space.
Sharing a room can initially feel like an invasion of privacy, and it can feel cramped and messy at times. It is likely that you will need to adapt and compromise your routine in order to find a happy middle ground. Having a friendly discussion at the very beginning can be a simple way to avoid future complications.
Once your new way of living becomes the norm, many benefits can be found from having a college roommate.
Living with a new person in a new place can be very exciting, you can learn new life skills and perspectives together, and it’s always comforting to know that someone else is going through the same life changes with you.
Many college students can agree that roommates are a key part of the experience, and that there is a chance to make a friend for life. Roommates can often make moving to college less daunting and lonely. You will always have someone to study and hangout with when living with a roommate. It can also be easier to join other groups of people as a pair, making bigger friendship circles and having more plans.
Tips on saving money in college
College roommates can also be great for saving money! If you have a roommate you will usually be able to benefit from halving various expenditures. Splitting the cost of rent and living expenses, including your Scana energy bill, and allow more money for socializing and experiencing your new lifestyle.
Shopping around and finding the most cost-efficient places for products and services from the beginning will allow you to maintain better finances throughout your time at college.
Conserving the energy that you use and being resourceful with the things you have is also a key part of the student lifestyle, and a good way to avoid unnecessary spending.