10 CHEAP things to do for college students on a budget

By Jessica Radesco-Verdi

These tough economic times don’t have to mean no fun for students. There are plenty of inexpensive or even free things to do. Arts, culture, music or the simply bizarre; there is something for everyone.

Students are footing more of the tuition bills and receiving less in return, according to the Delta Project Report, Community colleges saw absolute declines in spending, down by nearly 2.5% per student in 2009. This trend will be continuing for some time in the future due to the lack of revenue and the need to compensate for it.

The wallet may be a little thinner these days but with some imagination and resourcefulness you can keep yourself busy throughout the semester.

1. American Museum of Natural History NYC $4
2. Museum of Modern Art: MOMA NYC $5
3. Multilingual tours of the United Nations NYC $4.50
4. Guggenheim Museum NYC $4
5. Wildlife Conservation Parks in Central Park NYC/BK $1.25
6. For those into the spirit of Halloween; there is the Nat’l Historic Landmark Woodlawn Cemetery free open house with rare tours of famous residents’ mausoleums. BRONX. OCT.16 at 2pm
7. Hamilton Grange-The house of Alexander Hamilton re-opens. Harlem. Wed.-Sun. FREE
8. Two-for-One Off Broadway tickets http://www.nycgo.com/offbroadwayweek
9. October is a big festival time around the Island with many of them offering free admission.
10. Donation classes are now popular (Yoga, dance…) offered at a pay what you can basis http://www.innerspirityoga.com/Donation.htm http://always-at-aum.com

These are just a couple of ideas for fun on tight funds. Sites such as http://www.studentrush.org and http://www.schooltix.com are great for scoring cheap tickets to the theater, concerts, comedy shows…

Don’t forget to check the SCC calendar for cheap or free events that take place on and off campus like family fun flicks Fridays or cheering on your favorite sports team.

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