College students are notorious for not having a lot of money. And why would they, with all the tuition, rent, textbooks and so on that they have to pay for? But here’s some news that might surprise you: if you’re a college student, there are actually lot of ways for you to get free stuff—and we’re not just talking about cheesy little pamphlets that you throw away seconds after you get them. Read on to find out how you can get free language lessons, free furniture, and even free food!
Students are moving in and out of dorms all the time, and often they find that they have to leave things behind, either because they find them too much of a hassle to move, or because they simply don’t have the room for them. Check your school’s online bulletin board (if there is one), or check listings in student magazines/newspapers. Physical bulletin boards around campus are also worth a look. You could get chairs, tables, plates, folding beds, and even musical instruments for free, and most of the time all you have to pay is a little of your time and energy to get the free stuff and carry it back to your dorm.
Free Language Lessons (Or any other type of lessons, for that matter)
Stop by your school’s language center, if there is one, and ask if any of their exchange students would be willing to do a language exchange with you. If there is a language exchange club (and most schools have one, or at least something like a French club or a Spanish club), why not drop by and see if you can pick up a few phrases? Got any musical or linguistic talents of your own? Use bulletin boards on campus to advertise for students. Even if there is no one who can offer to teach you languages in exchange, you might still be able to make a buck or two.
There are plenty of concerts or drama performances in and around campus that you can go to for free, but did you also know that some museums and art galleries have “student days” where they offer students discounts, or free admission, on certain days of the week.
Free Books and DVDs
The school library? The place you would never consider entering, ever? Think again. It’s not just stuffy old books that adorn the shelves of school libraries. Even the most serious of colleges have been known to purchase books like Twilight or Harry Potter along with those thick academic books you hate to think about. DVDs of popular movies are also often available (why even bother to rent movies when you can just borrow them for free?) Best of all, most libraries have a recommendation system where their students can offer suggestions as to what books they should purchase. Ask the librarian what sort of forms you need to fill in to make recommendations for those bestsellers you can’t afford.
Free food? Sounds like a dream come true. But many seminars and school sponsored activities offer free food (mostly of the pizza variety, but sometimes you can get lucky and run into a full buffet). Keep an eye out for upcoming activities, and the next time someone hands you a flyer, check to see if the words “free food” appear anywhere before you throw it away.
Who knew college campuses would be the best place to find free stuff? Well, you do now. Why not check the internet or local bulletin boards for freebies right now? Remember, it’s first come, first served!