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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  • 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.

  • If you are in town or away from university, it might be best choosing your destination for coffee and lunch based on the availability of free Wi-Fi

    Whilst a lot of coffee shops and restaurants keep Wi-Fi free, many only allow patrons to use it. Regardless, you will often find it a lot cheaper to buy a simple cup of coffee at $2 and use the free wireless internet, instead of spending $5 each time to use pay-per-use Wi-Fi.

    Plus, if you get the opportunity, enabling Wi-Fi on your mobile device will mean you do not churn up your data plan from your network.

    And anyway, why else would you go into a McDonalds? For the food? Yeah, not this vegetarian.

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

  • Pay-as-you-go computing may not have taken off, but it is still a viable consumer choice available to mobile users. 

    Whilst it may be difficult to rent a laptop for a year, it could be far cheaper overall to rent software provided by your academic department or school to use over the year, instead of buying it flat out.

    Also, remember your student discount. In some cases, you can slash the price of Windows and Office by over 50% and even more. If you have a student card or email address, this can be used to prove you are a student at an eligible institution and cut the price of expensive software and hardware.

    If you take advantage of free software, it doesn't usually take much work to convert it to a fully working product.

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

Topic: Hardware

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