Life as a college student comes with plenty of perks. From services to help with studying to fun school-sponsored activities, there are a ton of free (or cost-efficient) resources that you may not be aware of. Be sure to take advantage of these perks while you still have them!
Cost-efficient study support
Some of the best perks you can get on campus are the ones that will help you succeed as a student. Many universities have a Learning Center, Writing Center, and a Career Center, which are all typically free to students. Use these campus services, available at most colleges, to give yourself every advantage possible.
- Private academic advising
- Private tutoring
- Writing center: For editing/proofreading essays
- Career services: For resume reviews, networking help, and general career counseling
- The library: For digital resources, paid subscriptions to journals and magazines, books, and much more
- Technical and lab equipment
- Free or discounted printing
In the real world, most people have to pay to do their own laundry. Not to mention gym memberships, which can be pricey. What a bummer! Here are some perks you can take advantage of every day, both on campus and as a student in general:
- Free or inexpensive laundry machine use
- Campus gym (often with fitness classes!)
- Discounted health care and certain health center freebies
- Major discounts with student ID on everything from opening checking accounts to restaurants to insurance companies
- On-campus mental health counseling services
- Free or discounted airport transportation or shuttles to other attractions or campuses nearby
Entertainment can be a budget-busting item. What’s a great way to save? Participate in events going on around campus. Look for free entertainment that your school is sponsoring — your Student Life department is a great place to start. Here are some events to look out for:
- Free movie nights
- School-sponsored theater performances, concerts, or stand-up comedians
- Free or discounted tickets to sporting events
- On-campus speakers
- Philanthropy events (24-hour danceathons, charity 5ks, and more)
- Intramural sports leagues: Fun to watch and even more fun to play in, and participants often get a free t-shirt!
- Discounts or free passes to local activities (ski slopes, museums, and more)
A week of savings
How much could you save in an average week by using on-campus perks? Here are some examples.
||Average on-campus cost
||Average off-campus cost
|Monday: Fitness — let’s hit a spin class!
||Free gym use for students, including classes.
||Spin studios charge an average of $20 per class — and in some cities, more!
|Tuesday: Preparation for your big chemistry test with a tutor.
||Visit your campus Learning Center and get a free tutoring session.
||A private tutor off-campus will set you back at least $30 per hour.
|Wednesday: Print handouts for an upcoming group presentation.
||Free printing at the library (if not, printing for students is inexpensive, likely 5 cents per page, or $5 for 100 pages).
||Outside of school, printing services start at 10 cents a page, so $10 for your flyers.
|Thursday: Get resume help for your internship applications.
||The university’s Career Services Center is a helpful — and free — resource.
||Career counseling services typically start at $75 per hour-long session.
|Friday: Watch a movie.
||School-sponsored movie night on the quad: free (and free popcorn too!)
||Average movie ticket price is $8.65 —without snacks.
|Saturday: Go to your school’s football game.
||Many schools offer free student tickets to athletic events (or, student season passes at heavily discounted prices — assume no more than $35 a piece).
||Pricing varies and depends on the school, the game, and the seats. At the nation’s largest football schools, tickets can go for up to $300.
||At least $50
|Sunday: Laundry day: Time to do three loads.
||Dorm laundry facilities may be free. Some schools charge per use: 50 cents per load is average ($3 for 3 loads of washing and drying).
||Average cost per load at a laundromat is $3, making your Sunday laundry a total of $9.
Though these are just estimates, in just one week, you could save $194.65 by taking advantage of perks on campus. Over a typical 15-week semester, that adds up to almost $3,000 of savings!