College Life Hacks

Surviving in college is largely predicated on knowing the right things to say and do at the right time. And when used in conjunction with life hacks—those handy tricks that save time and hassle—you can make the experience a lot better. Here's how.

Finding Roommates: College is a time for independence, of finally being able to move out of your parent's home and have your own for the first time. There's no one to tell you to make your bed every morning, take the garbage out after dinner, sweep the floor and clean the bathroom, or turn the music down.

Except there is.

Unless you've got a ton of extra scholarships or your parents are bankrolling your apartment, you'll have to find roommates. And it's highly unlikely that you'll find carbon copies of yourself—but improved, wiser copies—so the trick is to finding the right roommates. George Fox University put out a checklist of how to find awesome roomies, making your life—and theirs—a lot easier.

Get a Good GP: At the beginning of the semester of year, you're fired up and full of energy, with all the power to be better than Einstein. That almost always inevitably tapers off as the weeks pass by, so use it to your advantage: do as much work in advance as you can, so when the slogging times come, you can afford to sit on your heels a bit.

Buzzfeed: This Buzzfeed article has 36 life hacks you can use in every aspect of college life, from cooking in a dorm to carrying your books to class. YourDegree's favorite? It's a tie between #13 and #20.

Dress Well: There are way too many college kids who think it's okay to go to class and the food court dress in their pyjamas. It's not. College is supposed to be the bridge between childhood and adulthood, and there's no way your future employer will smile and pat you on the head for showing up in a Snuggie. For men, this Scrawny to Brawny article shows how easy it is to dress in a timeless, put-together style, while the Wall Street Journal has one for women.

Learn to Share: Not everything in life, like Costco memberships, Netflix subscriptions, textbooks and carpools, has to be for one person. If you think of it as a timeshare, you can get all the things college students crave but don't have the money for. And if you split it with good friends or roommates, you'll get to enjoy it much more often than a regular timeshare owner would.