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Bicycling Tips for College Students

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  You’re doing your part for the environment and your heath, and you are saving a lot of money if a bicycle is your primary mode of transportation in and around campus.  However, you do need to follow some basic safety rules to ensure that your chosen mode of transportation is safe.   Number one safety tip: wear a helmet.  Sure it isn’t cool, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.  Head injuries are forever. A helmet is your best defense.   You wouldn’t drive a car to campus or the store and leave it unlocked, so don’t leave your bike vulnerable to theft.  Invest in a good bike lock and use it, every time you ride your bike.   Some cities and college campuses have specific rules about bike riding.  If you’re lucky enough to live in a community with a connected series of bike paths, use them. ...
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Are You Ready for a Pet?

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    Lots of people grow up with animals, and if you’re a “pet person,” it can seem odd when you’re off at college without one.  Many off campus apartments strictly prohibit pets, and those that allow them often require stiff deposits to ward against damages.   If you think you really need a pet at college, pause for a few minutes and answer these questions honestly: Are you home often enough to make sure the pet gets the attention and exercise it will need? Can you afford the additional expense of feeding an animal?   Have you factored in the cost of vet visits?  Shots? Flea medications? How do your roommates feel about getting a pet? Who will take care of the animal when spring break comes around and you head to Florida?   Sometimes all it takes is to read a list of questions like this to snap you...
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    Living on your own is fun, but there are responsibilities that come with the territory.  Here are some ways to stay on good terms with your neighbors in your off campus apartment: Keep noise down during “quiet” hours.  Although apartment complexes may not have “official” quite hours, you can assume that between the hours of Midnight and 6 a.m. the majority of residents prefer to have it quiet.   Take care of your trash.  Be sure to throw your trash out it the appropriate dumpster.  Don’t sit it outside your door where it can get kicked, blown, or ravaged by a stray dog. Park where you are supposed to park (and have your visitors do the same).  If your apartment complex assigns a parking spot, park only in that spot.  Make sure your guests know where they should park when they come to visit you.   Don’t assume...
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  Your college apartment is your sanctuary.  It’s the place where you return at the end of a hard day of classes.  It’s where you eat your meals, where you sleep, and it’s your home for the time while you’re away at school.  As your parents will tell you, it’s also the place where you need to get your studying done.   So how do you make the most of the small space in your college apartment?  How do you carve out the perfect study nook?   Experts say the answer is to create different areas for specific purposes.  Some students do that by taking a two bedroom apartment and turning it into a one bedroom with study.  This only works, of course, if you and your roommate are willing to share a bedroom.  If you are, that second bedroom can become a great place for housing your desks, computers,...
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  When you are looking for an off-campus apartment, there is often more to it than meets the eye.   Finding the right place to live off campus is a task that should be approached systematically.  Driving here and there looking at random housing won’t get the job done.   The best way to start is by making a list of what you want.   Your list should include: Location – where do you want to live?  Near campus, off campus, in a house, an apartment complex?  Decide where you’d like to live to narrow your search before you even start. Cost – How much can you afford to pay?  If your budget is $300 a month, you are limited to finding an apartment or off campus housing that is $300 or less.  If you plan to have a roommate, and your roommate also has $300, you can find a...
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