Being a college student can be exhausting, between cramming for exams and writing what seems like your 100th term paper, it’s safe to say once in awhile you’ve earned yourself a well deserved break from the stressors of school. It’s no secret that most college students are broke, so we’ve come up with a list of 5 things (besides looking for your perfect UIUC off-campus housing rental, of course) you can do on the UIUC campus that won’t break the bank and will have you feel like you’re ballin’ on a budget!
After doing a year or two of hard time in the medium security correctional facility commonly referred to as “on-campus living”, students are itching for the freedom of living off-campus. No rules. No RA’s. No more shuffling down the hall in a towel to your room after a shower. Just freedom. But that freedom comes at a price: Rent.
While living off-campus is traditionally cheaper than living on-campus, that doesn’t mean that by choosing to live off-campus you’ll suddenly be paying thousands less in living expenses and start living like someone from Fancy Living Digest. What it actually means is that you’ll be paying a little less than you would in the dorms, but you’ll have more freedoms (and responsibilities).
Unfortunately for students across the nation, the cost of college is rising 8 times faster than the cost of wages (yikes) which makes paying for rent increasingly more difficult. Sure, there are a ton of ways to make sure you don’t end up having to sell a kidney (or two) to pay for next semester’s rent, like keeping what’s important in mind when you’re looking for your next place – I.e., lazy rivers, 24-hour fitness centers, indoor something-ball courts, and personal masseuses are not necessary amenities to have in your next rental.
However, when you attend any of our 10 campuses with super high rents, you’re going to be stuck.
- California State, Long Beach
- California State, Fullerton
- Rutgers University
- University of Michigan
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Cornell University
- University of Delaware
- Western Washington University
- University of Arizona
- Penn State University
While there are hundreds of different factors leading up to why these schools have the most expensive average rent prices for student renters, the main factors that affect the cost of rent include: Enrollment, Luxury Apartments, School Prestige, and Vacancy Rate. So let’s dive into the reasons why each campus is so expensive.
Home of the Buckeyes, Ohio State University is one of the largest public universities in the nation. With its wealth of resources for students, people from all walks of life come to experience the OSU tradition. With that said, there is one thing that most students have in common with one another. And no, we’re not talking about deciding what classes you still need to enroll in or where to live next year. Although, using College Pads to find Ohio State off-campus housing to find your next apartment wouldn’t do you any harm; we’re just keeping your best interest at hand. Getting back on track, we’re talking about being broke.
Have you ever felt like you couldn’t partake in activities or indulge in expensive meals because being a student was extremely expensive? It’s like every dollar you have needs to go towards something related to a class.
However, being a student at OSU and being broke doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t make the most of every dollar you spent. So, we’ve created the list below of how you can take your OSU student status to the next level and save a bit of money along the way.