This is a guest article from UCLA student, Catherine B., who blogs at Get Rich In College, and is passionate about living an inspiring, “rich,” successful and abundant life.
- Checkout her previous Guest post – How to Get Rich in College.
One Done…Three To Go! I just finished my freshman year at UCLA, and while it comes with a hefty tuition for an out of stater — I was able to experience so many out of this world opportunities.
Most events, places and opportunities are free (or included in tuition) as a student at any college where in “real” life, it can cost a lot!
Here’s a picture of me while attending Holi, a festival of colors, for an Indian cultural event at UCLA.
What I Learned
The number one piece of information I learned from college was that you have to make use of everything the college offers. This way you’ll get the most of your money, spend less and the tuition won’t feel as costly.
Although I’m paying for tuition, food and housing, I still have other expenses like extra food, fees, recreational trips, shopping, insurance, dates, transportation etc. However, I found myself only spending about $200 extra a month.
Now, $200 isn’t cheap but if I wasn’t in school, I would be spending way more than that for other expenses.
I would be paying for things like:
- a gym membership (Average: $50/month)
- more gas (Avg: $100)
- movie tickets (Avg: $30)
- recreation (Avg: $100)
- concerts (Avg: $100)
- extra food (Avg: $150)
- clothing (Avg: $100)
BUT in college, I get things like this for FREE:
- 24 hour access to gym
- movie premieres and screenings
- student services
- cultural event
- giveaway clothing & items
- giveaway food/drinks
Just some of these together are over a thousand dollar value per month! And I spend NOTHING!
Learn to Save Money & Enjoy College
You already pay tuition, that’s a fact, but you can save a boatload on extra expenses by using your college’s resources.
Not to mention that so many events are constantly going on, so you’ll get your “fun” fix somehow or another — and you’ll find yourself paying less money to do fun things.
I was even able to attend a celebrity event for free! Find out I did it and how you can do the same at Get Rich in College.
See, there’s so much you can do at college. Take advantage of it, have fun and in the end you’ll save money!
Compare Catherine’s cost of living above with an International Indian student’s cost of living at Cost of Living Breakdown.