Many of teenagers and young school goers assume that life as they know it is over when school ends. However, if you are someone that is currently in university, you would know that this is not true. School life is an amazing experience, however, so is University life. The both are incomparable as they require a different set of motivation and inspiration. How well you prepare and execute University life will most likely set the pace for how you settle in life.
One of the main things you must learn and will learn living alone would be to handle finances. Here are a few tips to help you out. Expenses- if you are going to a university further away from the comforts of your home, then you are most likely going to be living by yourself in your own apartment or shared accommodation. Either way, you would have more expenses to bear than what you would have spent back at home. The main expenses would be your living costs; accommodation, transport, food and other necessities, university requirements and an extra added cost until you settle in with all the furniture and other items you need.
A great way you can limit your budget is by being organised and doing your hunting early on. University textbooks in general can be quite expensive; therefore you can look for 2nd hand textbooks that are considerably cheaper. Your cost for groceries can be cut back by doing your shopping at specific times when the items go on sale (a principal followed by selected stores) for the day. Public transportation is the easiest and cheapest method to get around the city and other areas.
However, if you are unable to find offers for used-textbooks, or aren’t close to any grocery stores or even have easy access to public transport, then here are a few things you can do. If you need your text books but cannot seem to find any, you can search for these university textbooks online. Some online sites offer various educational books with added option of delivery. This is a great way to find books if you are in a hurry for time. If another problem you face is difficult access to grocery shops or malls and public transport, you can then schedule your shopping trips to minimum days a week/month so that your costs for them are reduced. Also, fitting in all everything you need into one day would be most advisable. It will be hard for you to get the hang of things early on. It would take many trials and errors, however, the lessons you learn now would help you immensely for your future. The top tip would be for you to always be organised so as to avoid unnecessary hassle and trouble.