How do people afford to live during College?

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  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

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    Having to pay for food.

    Having to pay for Car insurance / plates.

    Having to pay for a cell phone.

    Other expenses.
     
  2. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Student Loan covered everything for me. But I don't drive and had a cheap phone, so my loan was tiny and paid off really soon after graduation.

    It's surprising the amount of stuff you don't need.
     
  3. r1ch4rd macrumors 6502a

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    Taking the bus and getting a job is a good option. It worked for me.
     
  4. StvenH90 macrumors regular

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    I run my own company, that sells Lenovo products to small business. But truth is, I don't make very much doing it. But it's helping me make connections into the corporate world. I make must of my money with "Human Directionals". The guys in the road spinning a sign trying to get your attention. Also small well thought out investments in the stock market. Such as 1,6xx shares in Ford I bought two years ago and sold off recently...

    But I am starting my first year in school this month, but I will still be taking the same approach.
     
  5. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    sell some weed on the side ... or get a PT job delivering Pizza and do both :D
     
  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    loans and work while majoring in a degree with a good ROI, then pay off loans with the nice job from your major
     
  7. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Never tried that.

    Is it chewy, like spinach?
     
  8. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    They don't all live in the United States ;) (Okay I might get hit for that, but it's true.)

    Not having a car really helps, you save on gas, repairs and insurance.
     
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    Teh Don Ditty macrumors G4

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    It's called a job.

    Others choose to get a credit card and go further into debt.

    Or further, mommy and daddy give them cash money to live on.
     
  10. StvenH90 macrumors regular

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    Yes...

    Monthly
    $106 Full Coverage/Renters/$100k Life Insurance Policy
    $600 Gas
    $150 Random Parts (Classic car)

    Vs.

    $50-70 Bus Pass, it's very tempting.
     
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  12. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    Government paid for my tuition fees (everyone gets free tuition in Scotland, regardless of income)

    Government paid for the petrol to get me to and from university each day.
     
  13. iJohnHenry, Aug 1, 2011
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    A thirsty bugger, too. :eek:
     
  14. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    that is a ton of gas

    per bus pass...some universities incorparate that into fees so students get "free" passes...as in comes with your id
     
  15. StvenH90 macrumors regular

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    I drive a lot... But yea, for a little 1296cc 4 banger it's pretty thirsty.
     
  16. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Selling semen to sperm bank :p

    Sorry, men only.

    Unless....um...no.
     
  17. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    pssh surrogate mom is the way to go
     
  18. StvenH90 macrumors regular

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    I think even just selling your eggs pays more then just our sperm. Something like $10,000... But those are just craigslist postings...
     
  19. Surely, Aug 1, 2011
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    Yeah, that's what I did. When I was in grad school in Chicago, I wasn't able to work off campus, so I got a job as a Physiology TA.
     
  20. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Well sure, you can't just rub one out, now can you?
     
  21. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    Doing it right now.

    Part time job when money is tight.
    Student loans to help with living costs.
    Got some money from my parents.
    No expensive phone contract, just a cheap texting plan and wifi.

    Lots of places also do student discounts if you have a student card, which adds up to quite a bit of money saved.
     
  22. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    He can't beat The Egg™® (snicker), and it will forever be a thorn in his side. :D
     
  23. StvenH90 macrumors regular

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    True... But I just hope women don't reply to these ads on Craigslist, lol.
     

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