Student Rip-offs

Today we’re going to discuss something that often goes unmentioned in student essays, particularly in the case of the dreaded “grant” essay.

You haven’t lived until you’ve heard a student spend $2,000 on a single assignment. And you haven’t lived until you’ve heard a student spend $4,000 on four assignments. Now you know one student. But what about this other student? We’ll let you guess.

Sara Jacobo’s

Students spend a lot of money on transportation, drinks, and even gifts for themselves and their families. But who are the biggest cheaters among students? What should students not spend money on?

Public transportation

If I’m driving home drunk after a night out, charging £10 for a five minute taxi ride to get home safely is definitely an advantage. I also think it’s a joke that I have to pay £37 for a last minute train ticket home for a family emergency. I tell my friends that I don’t see the point of having a car because public transportation is probably cheaper in the long run, but I have a feeling that won’t be the case anytime soon.

TV license

I’m not saying you shouldn’t pay your viewing fee if you have a TV – that’s illegal. I ask you to ask yourself if it’s worth it to have a TV. Many TV shows and movies can be watched online (legally, for a very low monthly fee, and iPlayer is free), so why spend your hard-earned money on something useless? On the other hand, I also understand how frustrating it is to wait for programs to load when bandwidth quality is poor.


It pains me to admit it, but it must be said. Books are a real blessing! Even very cheap used items you buy online for next to nothing are more expensive if you include shipping and handling costs. I am grateful to teachers who provide excerpts from textbooks in PDF or Word format because it saves me a lot of money on books. By downloading these files to my laptop, I also save printer ink.

However, books are my favorite thing in the world; to anyone who feels the same way, I highly recommend buying books on Kindle or searching online for sites where you can download them for free on your laptop or tablet.

Branded drinks with caffeine

Most (if not all) students consume at least one caffeinated beverage a day in order to function as a human being. An average cup in a branded coffee house will cost a student around £3, which equates to £21 a week and £1,092 a year! Even those who think they can save money by investing in a coffee maker should think twice. First you have to put your hand in your pocket for the coffee machine, then for the ingredients. If you drink 4 servings of coffee or espresso a day at home, it could cost you between £27 and £109 a month (trust me, I’ve done the math). Why do I think it’s a scam? Apart from the beans, the ingredients of coffee are not necessarily very expensive: It’s water, milk and sugar!

As for the other caffeinated drinks that get us through the day, they may be a little cheaper, but not by much. Let’s say you drink one can of energy drink a day and you buy enough for a month. The total cost of consuming energy drinks is over £300 a year. The cost of the night before makes it even more tempting to spend the day in bed!

So these are the things I wouldn’t spend money on if I had the choice. Can anyone think of other things that weren’t worth the money spent on it? Tell us on Facebook or tweet us @TheSPG.

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