Written by Theo Tran

Welcome (back) to campus, Titans! The new semester offers a chance to explore new classes, meet new friends and get one step closer to your degree.

Unfortunately, a new semester also means new expenses. Between a parking pass, textbooks and school supplies, we are already low on funds coming into the semester.

Fortunately, the Titan Radio team and I put together a list of tips and tricks to keep your wallet and well-being in order while going to Cal State Fullerton.

Step 1: Know your technology

There are two apps you need to have installed on your smartphone.

First is E-Foodie, a program that finds you deals on restaurants and activities around the campus area. This app will help keep both your wallet and stomach full throughout the trying semester.

Second is Titan Bites, an app that lets you know when there is free food available on campus. If you left your wallet at home and have class throughout the day, no worries! You can survive starvation and save money while you’re at it!

Step 2: Get familiar with the inexpensive alternative food options on-campus

While most food options around campus average over $10 a meal, there are several ways to keep your meals in the single digits.

Baja Fresh has several hearty and cheap options, like rice and beans for under $3. This is a great way to extend that $10 into three separate meals.

Bring your own mug to Aloha Java and get a coffee refill for under $2! Starbucks also offers a 10 cent discount if you bring your own cup. This may not sound like a lot, but this is for students who are downing one to two cups of coffee a day, to push through finals. Believe me, the money adds up, and you get to avoid wasting plastic. It’s a win-win situation!

Also, in case you didn’t know, free microwaves can be found in the Titan Student Union and Resource Centers. Any student who wants to bring lunch in a pack with an ice bag has the option to eat their food hot and fresh.

Step 3: Get acquainted with the on-campus health center

As a student, some of your dues go towards facilities on campus such as the gym and the health center. The CSUF Health Center offers several services for free or low-cost.

Chiropractic services are offered for only $5 at the health center. The adjustments come from trainers who are educated, licensed and experienced. I guarantee you this is the lowest price you will ever find reliable chiropractic services at. Take some time for yourself and destress!

The health center is also your one-stop-shop for all things sexual health! You can contact TitanWell for free condoms, dental dams, and more. The health center also offers free STD testing.

The health center has numerous free and discounted services. For more information, check out their website.

Step 4: Find ways to avoid that expensive parking pass

Carpool passes for the three-hour lot were just introduced this year. Cal State Fullerton closes the road to the three-hour lot in front of the State College parking structure from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for cars who have two or more people riding in them. Save yourself from the insane parking line and choose to carpool!

Another alternative parking pass option is the off-site parking option for $85. The biggest caveat is that the shuttles that take you to and from CSUF to the off-site lot only run until 7 p.m.

Last but not least is to try and avoid driving to campus all together! The Parking and Transportation Services of CSUF generously offer a free OCTA bus pass to get you to campus and around Orange County.

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