No question about it, cars have become an essential part of life. They make it easy to move from one place to another. Many colleges encourage students to bring a car, and 48% of college students have a car on campus.
In some colleges, 90% of the students have a car. Most students buy used cars because they are more affordable. So, if you’ve been wondering whether getting a car is a good idea, it is. Here’s why you should buy a car in college.
You Can Easily Get to Your Part-Time Job
College is not always about studies, most students work while attending college. Studies have shown that students who have part-time jobs are more confident and manage their time better than those who aren’t employed. A job can also provide the training and experience required in the corporate world–besides providing a paycheck.
When you have a car, you can also intern at a company near your college. If you’re about to graduate, you can visit companies physically and ask about open positions. Owning a car can open professional doors. You can get a part-time job at a company or intern at a museum in town.
And there’s another great benefit of owning a car–you can leave college at your convenience. There are times when you need to relax and refresh your mind, like before or after you sit for exams. A car can help you get away and spend a day at the beach or in nature. Not everyone can afford to move out of campus any time they want.
You Avoid Public Transportation and Get to Places on Time
If you have to take public transportation every day, you’ll easily get overwhelmed. Bus and train schedules can change without warning and weather delays can make things worse. Finding a seat during peak hours is also next to impossible. When you have a car, you’ll never have to worry about finding an available seat and can come and go as you please. You’ll also be able to get to places on time.
Time management is one of the hardest things to do in college. You may oversleep, spend more time than you planned in the dining hall, or even take longer to finish that final paper. This may mean you don’t get to other activities on time. If you have a car, it becomes easier to manage your time. You don’t have to wait for your friend to pick you up or check the bus schedule.
You Save Money
Your success on campus partially depends on how you work on your finances. When you set a budget and stick to it, you reduce money issues and lower your chances of being stressed. When you aren’t stressed, you can comfortably study and improve your grades.
While owning a car may mean that you spend more, you may also save money. For example, you can easily find stores that sell items at discounted prices. You can also buy things in bulk because it’s easy to transport them.