10 techy ways to cut the costs of college

10 techy ways to cut the costs of college

Summary: Here are ten simple techy ways to help you save money whilst at college or university.

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • E-books can be on the whole vastly cheaper than buying books from Amazon, and often if you check Amazon's pages, e-books are on offer anyway.

    But people are under the impression that for e-books, you must get a Kindle device. Sure, if you buying a load of them and studying above anything else, a Kindle can be most useful. But it is not entirely necessary. Kindle software is available for most smartphones and the PC, so you can download them as and when you wish onto the platform you want.

    Also, they are stored in the cloud so you can download copies onto multiple machines and smartphones so they are on demand whenever you want them - except when the cloud is broken, that is.

  • But then again, if you do prefer to have a book in your hand, you can find second-hand books at very low costs on Amazon too. 

    If you use Google Books and whack in the ISBN number, you can often find a cheap second-hand retailer in the side menu. You can do the same on Amazon, or even use Wikipedia Book Search to manually search with ISBN numbers which will kick back a list of results.

    In some cases, you can rip out chapters that you need from Google Books without needing to buy them. Most of the time, pages will be missing, but it is certainly worth a shot. 

    Always be sure to check the "new", "used" and "collectable" links on Amazon, and do not automatically be drawn to one. A book is a book, and if you want a cheap and shabby copy of the latest edition, that's better than buying an expensive one in a better condition. As long as it's readable, it shouldn't matter too much.

    To read more on this, head over to the iGeneration blog.

  • Often there are no bandwidth restrictions on your university connection, so it might be worth downloading large files, such as on-demand content on campus rather than at home. 

    If your home connection has restrictions or bandwidth caps, especially in shared housing it will mount up very quickly, even if you only stream media off YouTube or other on-demand content sites.

    Plus, university bandwidth is in the vast majority of cases, completely free to use and at no further expense to you.

    But remember not to download torrents and to use HTTP downloads like Rapidshare and Mediafire, because torrents can be traced back to you - and your university could disable your IT account. 

    To read more on this, head over to the iGeneration blog.

Topic: Hardware

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