1) Use an online resource to match-up with housemates. There are plenty of websites such as Craigslist, BackPage, University Websites and other classified pages that can help you find a roommate. If having your own room is out of the question, consider sharing space with someone else so that both of you can stay within your budgets! In the Boston area, lots of people find their roommates on Facebook as well. 2) Work a part time job while in college and save money for graduation. By working a part time job while in school, you will be able to allocate money for graduation and have enough to live on your own for some time! Even if it is a minimum wage job, by saving 20-25% of your income in a savings account or basic money market account, you will be able to afford rent upon graduation! Another thing to consider is getting a flexible job like being an apartment leasing specialist while being a Boston area student. Find a reputable agency that rents the most apartments each year and consider working there to generate additional monies. 3) Invest in the stock market or real estate while in college and sell after graduation. Make an up front investment when arriving in college and then dump it when you graduate! If you are tight on cash, the stock market may be a better idea since it typically has a lower amount of initial investment required. Real estate is always a great opportunity as well, as properties have potential to rise in value and show massive returns in your time at school! Be careful with aggressive investments though, markets can sometimes crash and there is potential to lose money. Each year countless students buy properties either on their own or with the help of their financial supporters/family and own instead of renting. 4) Live with an older sibling. While this may not be the most glamorous option, it sure is better than living with your parents! Depending on what the age gap is between you and your sibling, sometimes this works well for people. Depending on your relationship, you may be able to get free rent out of the deal too! 5) House-sitting opportunities. Some business professionals or retired couples will take the entire summer off and go to Florida or another tropical location! If you check your local classified ads, sometimes you can be paid to make sure the lights are on and there is slight activity in an unoccupied house. What’s better than getting paid to live in your own temporary house? 6) Take a year off from college and work a high paying job that can pay off your loans and give you leftover money. After your junior year of college, consider taking a year off and working full time! Whether it is a co-op, an internship or a temporary full time job, the experience will help you when you graduate and the money on the side can’t hurt either! Websites like LinkedIn, Indeed.com, Craigslist and BostonRealEstateJob.com can help you find different types of jobs, many of which are entry-level! 7) Travel. Traveling upon graduation is a great opportunity that many young professionals choose. There are not many times in your life when you can pick everything up and go to another city or another country. A decade from now, you may be settled down with a family and have other important factors to tend to. Traveling while you’re young can be a cost-effective way to spend your time upon graduation! 8) Explore affordable options on Boston’s largest apartment database, BostonApartmentNetwork.com. Contact a local real estate agent who knows pricing in different areas! By looking through Boston’s (and New England’s!) largest apartment database, www.bostonapartmentnetwork.com, powered by the BostonPads network of websites, you can find affordable options in Greater Boston! Certain areas of the city are more expensive than others, if you are looking for a free market analysis, contact an agent from that site and give them details on the price point you are trying to stay within! Qualified agents are available seven days per week and can help you maintain your financial goals through proven and reliable advice. 9) Spend less money and save it for rent! Instead of hitting the bars the third night in a row, maybe you and your roommates stay in for the night. Going out to dinner and for drinks may not seem like a lot of money at the time, but that money ads up quickly! By analyzing where you spend the most money and cutting certain expenses out of your lifestyle, you will be surprised by how fast the money ads up! 10) Move outside of the city! Living in the city is typically the most expensive place to live! If you want to live in Boston, chances are you will pay more than if you explore options like Framingham. The MBTA lines run to many suburbs of the city, and if you are trying to save money, you should consider other areas further away! A qualified real estate agent will be able to help you with this as well, which once again you can find on www.bostonapartmentnetwork.com.