Monthly Archives: September 2015

14 Things To Do In College Before You Graduate

Everyone has advice for what you should do with your time in college. Why? Because everyone wishes they would have done more stuff when they were in college. It should be the time of your life. So don’t spend too much time studying and zero time focused on all the things around you that can bring you pleasure.

Honestly, we could have made a list of about 100 things, but we wanted to focus in on a few select things to do in college and give them more attention. Continue reading

University of South Carolina Parking: How To Manage The Struggle

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Let us help you find some parking solutions.

There are a lot of great things about attending school at South Carolina. But there’s one thing above all else that makes it frustrating: the parking situation. University of South Carolina parking is an incredible challenge, as you’re not only battling other students for parking spots, but you’re battling everyone who works in downtown Columbia community for a spot.

Most students do not live within walking distance of the USC campus, so transportation options are very important to be aware of.

Parking near South Carolina

You can purchase a two-semester permit to park in non-metered parking facilities at South Carolina for $100. You can also purchase just for the Spring semester ($75) and for Summer ($50). Of course, you’ll still have to battle with other students to find a spot and as you probably already know, the supply is far out-weighed by the demand.

Another option is to purchase a spot in a USC garage. Purchasing a spot will keep your space reserved for a semester. There are five popular garage options at Pendleton, Blossom, Senate and Senate/Pickens that will cost you $360 per semester. Another option is Bull Street, which is $380.

Obviously, these prices are astronomical, especially for college students. So it’s important to know what other options you have available, especially if you’re researching future housing.

Apartments With Private, University of South Carolina Shuttles

These complexes give students the ability to stop worrying about fighting the masses for a safe spot for their car every day.

Understanding The Comet

The Comet is a new transit system implemented by Central Midlands Transit. Comet stops and shelters are prominent throughout campus and the map systems indicate where you are, which bus is arriving next and the many routes they offer.

The Comet is significantly more affordable than parking on a daily basis but has some of the same problems many mass transportation options have. You’ll have to operate on their schedule and find a way to get to the stops. But given how hard it is to park elsewhere, parking near a Comet stop and using one may be far cheaper for you.

Looking for a place around campus? Check out our South Carolina off-campus housing search page.

The Best Ways To Build a Resumé As a College Student

John Smith's resume. He couldn't even get the language right. Don't make that mistake. | Flickr

John Smith’s resume. He couldn’t even get the language right. Don’t make that mistake. | Flickr

You’re doing it. You’re really doing it. You made it out of high school and now you’re killing it in college. You’re on track to graduate in four years and you’re feeling good about your major*. When you’re done with this whole college thing, finding a job will be no problem**.

*Or you’re on track for a six-year stay at college because you keep switching your major and you’re not even sure this most recent one suits you. But man, you gotta get out of here eventually, so you’ll settle for any degree at this point.
**HAHAHAHA. This isn’t how it works.

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7 Safety Apps for College Students

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Use your phone as something other than a distraction.

College students are easy targets. They’re often caught up in good times and they haven’t yet learned life’s difficult lessons about safety. That’s why parents are always worried. That’s why everyone is always telling you to go out with a buddy. That’s why everyone is always harping on you to be aware. Students are often going through a lot of experiences for the first time in life and without experience to fall back on, it’s easy to be taken advantage of.

Fortunately, there are a lot of apps for college students that can make everything from walking home at night to dealing with earthquakes a safer experience. Continue reading

An Unofficial Guide to Penn State University

 

unofficial guide penn stateWe know every college campus is different. We also know students may have very specific questions when they are researching potential colleges. So we’ve prepared a guide to Penn State University specifically for students.

We want to focus on what we know matters most to students. We’ll tell you what the weather is like, what schools are popular at Penn State and where you can drink or dance the night away.

So here is the Rent College Pads Unofficial Guide to Penn State University: Continue reading

UW-La Crosse: Food on a Budget

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Rudy’s in La Crosse | Flickr

With all the money you’re spending on textbooks, rent, notebooks and everything else that matters to a college student beer, you need to find a place to save somewhere else. Food is that place. It’s crazy how much food costs, even in a smaller college town like La Crosse. Well, we’re here to help. We scoured Yelp and found the best places to eat UW-La Crosse food on a budget. Continue reading

Things To Do In Bloomington While At Indiana University

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At IU, there’s plenty for you to do.

We know Hoosiers have the same problem as everyone else, just in their city. It’s the age old question for a college kid at Indiana University: What are things to do in Bloomington? Summer. Winter. Fall. Spring. It’s a question for all seasons. We’re here to give you a guide. Indiana Unversity and the surrounding Bloomington area has plenty to do all year long. Continue reading