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Welcome to The Rented Life.

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rent everythingCollege financial problems. If you didn’t let out a frustrating “ughhhh” with those words, we did for you. And as college tuition costs rise, so does the need to make the other costs of college more affordable to try and live like less of a pauper. Maybe even like a normal person.

So what if we found a way to turn those costs on their head?

The Rented Life™ program is a social experiment trying to prove that a student can live comfortably in college on a small budget. But how? We may have the answer.

We’ll be following one student, David Levitz, for an entire semester. Give him a budget based on the national average of student spending habits ($6,803 to be exact). And see if he can do better by spending less in a variety of ways.

How? By finding the most important ways to bypass the system and keep costs at bay. Need to buy expensive textbooks? Maybe you rent them for cheap. Planning a weekend trip with nowhere to hang your head at night? Ride the couch surfing wave. Whatever the need, whatever the cost, David will be on a mission to find the best deal for pretty much everything.

Will he succeed? Stay tuned to find out – and watch his progress on YouTube, get a #RentedLifeTip on Twitter or see what he’s snapping on Instagram. And of course, get in on the action yourself by sending us your own tips and tricks to therentedlife@bookrenter.com.

A semester of living large on less awaits!

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College Campus Living Tips For The Summer

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Some college students go back home in the summer, but there are also those who live on campus year round. Whether it’s a personal choice or a necessity, living on campus in the summer can either be incredibly boring or incredibly fun. Here are some tips that will hopefully insure the latter!

1. Get A Job

There are many expenses you face living on campus such as rent, bills, groceries, gas for the car, and it’s also nice to have a little spending money. Oh yeah, and don’t forget about your next semester tuition bill. The best summer jobs are usually the ones outside, like being a camp counselor, landscaper, lifeguard, or (my own summer job) exterior painter. But whatever you decide to do make sure you enjoy doing it, there’s nothing worse than going to work at a job you hate.

Male Summer Camp Counselor Job

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2. Get Off Campus Now and Then

Go to the beach! Go see a movie! Go hiking! Just don’t spend all your time on campus. It can get very boring, very quickly.

Group Of College Friends In The Sand At The Beach

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3. Be Social

College towns in the summer are nothing short of a ghost town. Suddenly even your annoying neighbors can become valuable friends. Lonely and bored is no way to spend your summer. Whether you are grilling some burgers or watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs, good times are always better with good company.

Group of College Students Watching Athletic Sports Game On TV

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4. Find A Hobby

For example, I play guitar and sing and write music. This summer I’m hoping to expand on that by buying some of my own recording gear and making something of my hobby. Some people jog, some golf, and others read. There is no better time to read a good book than on a beautiful summer day.

Guy and Girl Golfing On Course

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5. Be Spontaneous

Some of the best memories I have from college are because my friends and I randomly decided to do something ridiculous and fun. You don’t have to do something drastic like a last minute road trip, but you will laugh harder at memories you make on a random whim. If you are open to try new things, don’t worry about the consequences (unless legality is an issue), and stay positive. There is no limit to the fun you and your friends can have.

Girls In Summer Field Being Random And Spontaneous Having Fun

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Back To School Move-In Tips

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 Steffi Lee Blogger Biography

 

 

 

I know it’s only July, but a lot of incoming freshmen are anticipating the start of their college experience. You freshmen have been preparing for move-in day as soon as you graduated from high school. For the rest of us college students, take this month to slowly prepare for heading back to school. This way there’s no rush when move-in day comes around.

There are four things to consider when moving in to a college campus:

1. Books

Professors usually will post what books you need online before classes start so students know which ones they need. For those students who have summer jobs, you can easily figure out your budget for books before you return. This is extremely convenient. When you get all the names for your textbooks, look into renting. It’s the simplest way to get the cheapest textbooks. Places like BookRenter help students save up to 80% on textbooks, so your summer savings will go to great use!

Stack of College Textbooks

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2. Wardrobe

Check consignment stores. Before the big rush hits and everyone is at the major shopping places, take the relaxing aura of summer to find some local consignment shops. They’ll often have the perfect options for just what you’re looking for – from school totes to business clothes, they’ll have it all – at great prices too.

Consignment Clothes Store

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3. Dorm/Apartment Essentials

It’s overwhelming to stock up on things like toiletries, bed sheets, drawers, desk accessories, decorations, and other items all at once! Most likely you’ll have some things from your previous times being in a dorm or living in an apartment, but we always want new things, right? Especially freshman who do not have all their living furnishings, start buying things early. Good things to get would be frames, more drawers, sheets, and some storage dividers. Places like the Salvation Army and the clearance sections at a lot of department stores always have steals!

Decorated Girl College Dorm Room

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4. Enjoy Time With Friends

I remember the rush that my friends had when they came back to visit a little bit during the summer from college. They had too many friends, and too little time to hang out with all of them. You most likely have a little over a month left. Spend your free time now spending time with them before classes start up again.

Summer Girl Friends At The Beach In The Sun

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Enjoy these last months of summer and good luck in the fall!

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To The Class Of 2013

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Dear Class of 2013,

It has come to my attention that I might not be the only nervous college grad. While I have been pursuing my own options and feel comfortable with the ones I have to choose from, there is still a part of me that wonders where my path will take me. And I know I’m not the only one. To ease your mind a little bit, let me offer you some advice and comforting words.

Nervous Female College Graduate

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A lot of us don’t do well with uncertainty. We like knowing what’s going to happen so that we are better prepared to face what’s coming. However, it’s the unknowing that is the greatest adventure of all. You’re free to explore all your options – and I mean every single one. If you don’t get a job in your area of study right away, don’t stress about it. It’s going to take a while. In the meantime, take a job doing something else you love. It’s not giving up and it’s not settling. You’ll have time to travel, volunteer, and figure out what your next steps are.

Graduation is an exciting time. Don’t let the challenge of finding a job in this tough economy put a downer on your celebrations. You made it through four years of brain boggling math lectures, huge research papers, hand-cramping notes, late night study sessions, and back to back finals. Enjoy the fact that it’s over (at least for those of you not pursuing grad school) and get excited for what lies ahead. We all have the potential in us to do great things. Now it’s about reaching out for those opportunities and pushing ourselves to our limits.

Group of College Graduates Throwing Up Caps

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Congrats!

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Spring Time!

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Spring season has finally started and the graduation countdown has begun!

Shout-Out To High School Students:

This is the perfect time to be visiting the campuses of schools you may be going to next fall or to start exploring potential future schools. The spring is definitely the prettiest time for almost every school.  Piece of advice, if you visit the University of Delaware, try to avoid coming on a Tuesday because it ALWAYS rains on Tuesdays.  Any other day of the week you should be able to see the campus in all its glory with tree lined walkways, cobble stone paths, historic buildings, and great places to eat on Main Street.

Cherry Blossom Flower Plant at the University of Delaware in the Spring

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Shout-Out To College Students:

Feel free to start doing some reading or homework out on the lawn or at a table outside. Enjoy the sun and use the nice weather as a form of stress relief as the end of the year becomes a little hectic.

And college seniors, take this time to truly enjoy and soak in your college campus.  Lie out on the green, take a walk down Main Street, and convince your friends to do a celebratory bar crawl. Graduation is right around the corner, so take the time now to cherish these last moments of being a college student and make some unforgettable memories.

Male College Student Reading Outside By A Tree In The Spring

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Happy Spring! What is your favorite Spring-time activity?

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