Services to Familiarize Yourself with On Campus
Colleges host several free services that often are overlooked by students. These services can come in handy countless times throughout your time in college, so getting to know them early is worth it.
Here are some of the most helpful college services.
Even if it’s out-of-the-way, finding free printing is a huge deal. Bringing a printer to college is a hassle, but some courses still require physical submissions for papers and projects. Colleges offer inexpensive printing at libraries and student centers, but those costs add up. Ask students and faculty if they know of any buildings that offer free printing.
If you’re off-campus late at night and want a safer way to get home, see if your college offers a free student rideshare service. Many colleges do to promote safe transport around campus and the surrounding area. These services are like Uber but are free if you’re a student riding to or from campus. Download your college’s rideshare app and keep it on hand in case the weather or safety concerns are getting in your way.
One unknown benefit of living on-campus is the storage your dorm offers. If you need to stow your bike, unnecessary furniture or other large items, ask your residential assistant what storage facilities you have. Avoid paying for storage off-campus and benefit from this oft-forgotten resource.
Going to college near a big city has its advantages, but getting to and from downtown can get expensive. Ask your college’s financial aid office if it offers free transit passes or a reduced fare. If there’s a shuttle that takes students to the city for free, familiarize yourself with its schedule. If your financial aid office doesn’t have information on the topic, ask the transit companies if they have a deal with your college or at least offer student discounts.