Making The Mo$t Of Your NYU Tuition

So Replyallcalypse happened– “haha,” “lol,” “Nic Cage,” “thanx for the memz,” etc. But the downside to all that hilarity and media coverage of NYU is that many times, people wouldn’t fail to point out the lovely little fact that our tuition is outrageously, astronomically high. OH, THANKS SO MUCH Daily Mail for ending your feel-good little piece with something so heavy:

NYU has some around 43,900 students enrolled. Half of those are undergraduates.

Tuition at the private research university is a staggering $58,858.

Let’s do some math: 43,900 x 58,858 = SO MUCH MONEY. I seriously can’t bring myself to type that in a calculator. And while there is some assistance available, merit-based and otherwise, to help students avoid jumping off the fiscal cliff (that’s how you use that term, right?), it’s obviously necessary to cut corners in other ways.

I thought freshman year was a pretty raw deal. But living in a low-cost triple in Rubin, paying for Bagel Bob’s in nickels and dimes seems like Easy Street compared to the 45-minute commute from Crown Heights, and having to beg my little sister to swipe me into Kimmel for a burrito (thanks Hannah Banana!). When you sign your name in blood along the dotted line and say, “Yes, NYU, here is my soul, I am doing this,” you’re generally aware of what you’re getting yourself into; you want to come here, despite the financial consequences.

So time to suck it up, boys and girls. You’re in for the long haul. Hopefully you’re receiving some help in some way, but while you’re paying enough hard-earned (or loaned) money to buy four certified pre-owned 2010 Toyota Corollas each year of your undergrad career, try to make the most of your tuition by following some of these delightfully frugal pro tips:

  • Steal toilet paper, light bulbs, garbage bags, condoms, dental dams, lube, pens, and more from various NYU facilities and res halls, even after you’re out of dorms.
  • Swipe (or mooch a swipe) at Hayden, eat a ton, and then get additional sandwiches made, food to go etc. and smuggle lots out in your backpack. Bonus points for bags of chips, fruit, crackers, etc. Bring tupperware containers and thermoses, fill with cereal and milk respectively, and voilà, breakfast for a week!
  • Sneak into lectures that you’re not registered for, or ask to audit classes.
  • Register for the maximum 18 credits each semester. If you’re taking anywhere between 12 and 18 credits, tuition is a flat rate. So stack those classes and make Momma proud.
  • Use Ticket Central to buy discounted movie and Broadway theater tickets.
  • The NYU Journalism building has a pantry with tons of coffee. It’s for “faculty only.” Show your press badge and DGAF. Same goes for the fun coffee machine in the Wasserman Center, and students are allowed to help themselves.
  • Check out CDs from Avery Fischer, five at a time, putting them on your computer. Repeat.
  • Go through the exit of Kimmel dining and filling your reusable water bottle with the filtered water they have there. This will save you from desperate plastic water bottle purchases. Save the planet and your money! Boo ya!
  • Nod your head yes when the ladies at Spacemarket yell “NYU?!” at you.
  • Keep your id post-graduation and get free education for life.
  • Take max number of Hayden cookies in a box, sell them to your floormates at 3 AM.
  • Sneak Frapppucinos and Starbucks shots out of Upstein during crowded hours.
  • Follow this twitter to find free food on campus when clubs are holding meetings and info sessions.
  • Make sure you get on the sign-up list for res hall broadway shows/free FFIR events.
  • Instead of buying books from the bookstore, just check books out of Bobst, make photocopies & .pdf scans.
  • Take advantage of free museums with your NYU ID card.
  • Become an RA, floor budget at your disposal.
  • Take free issues of WSN and use them to pack your dishes when you’re moving.
  • If you want free lunch Monday through Thursday, go to Stern at 12:15 – 12:30.  Hang around by the doors, watch the delivery guys come with food for clubs, choose your cuisine, and follow it to whatever classroom it ends up in. Some people just eat and leave–generally considered a faux pas–but that’s up to you and your sensibilities.
  • Request an Explorations floor– they have a bigger budget for activities, as well as food.
  • Politely ask freshman (or those who look like freshman) for meal swipes in Upstein or even Downstein. Most of them have so many swipes that they’re happy to give you one (especially during the end of the year, when they have to use them up, or when they want to look cool, hanging with a senior).
  • Upstein Shabbat on Friday goes overlooked–you can sign up for free, regardless of your religion, and they offer a lot of food.
  • Snag condiments, napkins, chopsticks, and plastic cutlery from Upstein to use back at home.
  • Use leftover Dining Dollars to buy coffee mugs at campus Starbucks, return them at real Starbucks for cold, hard cash. What do you think of that, Joan Torch?
  • Download tons of HD movies on NYU’s internet. Try camping out in an academic building after hours, when the network is least stressed.
  • Get your photo major friends to sign out expensive lenses, cameras and equipment for you to use.
  • Use your 500 page printing credit.
  • Use the Virtual Computing Lab for access to various Adobe programs.
  • If you bring a TV to housing, make sure it has a QAM tuner to get the HD channels CampusCable has. Many schools don’t even have free cable, let alone HD.
  • Borrow some printer paper from your work study office for your at-home computer, or just discretely use the printing there.
  • Do not take classes unless they are challenging. Why pay thousands for a BS class?

Have any other ideas? Share them in the comments below. And while NYU Local doesn’t condone stealing (I’m talking to you, street rats), we don’t want you starving. Cue “What Would You Do?

See you tonight at Shabbat! Yum! Mazel tov!

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