A few days ago

Is this a good idea?

I am going to transfer to a university for the fall, and want to quit my pizza delivery job, and sell my car and just ride my bike a couple of miles to get to school. I need to lose weight, and it will be tight not working, but I will have more time on my hands for school and activities and since gas is so high why even bother? Well I will be able to pay my few bills (rent, food and phone bill) with grants, loans and the little savings that I have. Whar do you guys think? Have you done this kind of thing before? The grocery store is accross the street, and any student can ride the bus for free so you can get to the mall etc. Bills would be approx 700/mo

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The only drawback is weather, depending on where you live, but I think going without a car is a smart way to save money at this point. Buy a good bike lock, and maybe take your bike in and make sure it’s in top shape since it’ll be your prime transportation for awhile.

I’ve been walking or biking most of the time lately and a couple miles is no big deal. Mostly it’s getting into the habit when we live in such a car culture. But when everyone else is complaining about looking for a parking space and having to walk a long way from their car to their classes, you can bike right up to the building and be all set. You may even discover that sometimes it is quicker for that reason.

Go for it. Like you said, money will be tight but you can do it. Another thing to avoid is the expensive coffee shops. Bring a thermos from home — you can buy several weeks worth of coffee to brew yourself for the price of one grande fancy mug.

Getting in the habit of buying and cooking decent meals and bringing leftovers or making your own sandwiches will also save you money and help you with weight control. Stir fry and pasta with veggies tastes great, cooks fast, reheats well, and is better for you than fast food.

Commit to it right from the beginning of school (or sooner) and it’ll be easier to make it a normal routine. Good luck!


A few days ago
I know quite a few students that use a combination of public transportation and a bike. Make sure you get a place to live as close to campus as possible AND try to find something close to a bus stop if public transportation isn’t great.

One thought that might work for you would be a part-time job on campus. Most universities hire students for a variety of jobs including maintenance, professor’s assistants/graders/tutors, filing and other secretarial work, and more. Many of these jobs pay fairly well and supervisors will work around your classes and study schedule! Being a tutor can help you with your own studies and some of the jobs can also lead to valuable career experience.

One of my students recently graduated and just accepted a position with a Fortune 500 company at a salary about 50% higher than typical starting salaries for her classmates. …and virtually ALL of her work experience was on-campus…she started working at the service desk in the student union and by the time she graduated, she was the night building manager!


A few days ago
john is cool
I think that if you dont need to have a car then yu shouldn’t. You should think about the kind of weather you are going to be facing though, if its going to be inclemental, then you might need the car. Also, you should work at least part time through school. It will help you in the long run, with time management and responsibility. Also, you’ll meet more people and probably have a better college experience. Just try not to do fast food.

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