You have to eat. You have to sleep. There’s no way around paying for room and board. But you can ease the pinch, by taking a few key things into consideration as you make your decisions about where to live and how to eat well — without eating too much into your budget.
Live in a triple or a quad. If you grew up in a big family, you may already be accustomed to roommates. But even if you are an only child, this is your chance to get a taste of what communal living is all about. The more roommates, the bigger your room, the lower the price tag, and you may even get a large common area to enjoy if you end up with more than one roommate.
Live in a sorority or fraternity. Your Greek dues will vary depending on if you’re living in or living out, but since you’re paying dues anyway, why not have them contribute toward room and board? To get the full Greek experience, live in your sorority or fraternity house for at least a year, and allow yourself to forge amazing friendships from literally being there for each other.
Live off campus. When you’re a junior or senior, consider living in an off-campus apartment. Just think how luxurious it will feel to have access to a kitchen again, stock the fridge with what you like and cook up some savory meals.