School life is one of the most memorable experiences we get to have. It is unique and filled with amazing friends and memories. However, our unique experiences don’t stop from there. If you are someone that has just completed secondary/high school, then you may be looking into your tertiary education. The simple idea of going to university is exhilarating, but also nerve-wrecking. Therefore, here are a few tips to keep in mind when starting university.Expenses- one of the main things many of us learn during our tertiary education years is the ability to budget our finances and learn about spending and also earning. If you are moving away from the comforts of your home, then your expenses are most likely going to be higher. Along with accommodation expenses, you will have the added costs of furniture shopping in your first week, grocery shopping, buying proper utensils and equipment to have a functioning room/apartment, and also university necessities such as books.
The best way to not overspend would be for you to set yourself a budget before you start your new week in a new place. The easiest way for you to set a budget is to research the price of things in your area and cheaper alternative options.
Textbooks needed at universities can be quite expensive; therefore an alternative option you would have is to by 2nd hand textbooks. It would be harder to find them on bookshelves at bookstores, unless it is a specified place that sells 2nd hand books. However, if you are book shopping later on in time, it may prove to be quite difficult to come across such books when there are many students, just like you, searching for cheaper options. Click here for more info on 2nd hand textbooks.
Another alternative to buying brand new textbooks would be to search for university textbooks online. Most online sites allow you the possibility of buying or renting new or second hand textbooks. If none of these works, you can then go on to asker old students if they would have the books you could borrow/buy it off them. Another expense you would have to bear is the cost for transport and food shopping. If you do not have easy access to grocery stores, malls and public transport, then it is highly advisable for you to plan out your outings in advance so as to minimise the need for multiple trips on cab services which would be expensive. If you live with a roommate, you can also see if you can share grocery shopping trips so that the cost is halved. The easiest way to maintain your finances and spend wisely is to be organised, have to-do lists and to plan well ahead of time. With every trial, you will learn something new and it will make life away from home easier.