The student experience is one of the most exciting times of many a young person’s life. It’s the first time you’re living by yourself, in a new city and are surrounded by people in the same position as you. In short, it’s a lot of fun.
That’s not to say it doesn’t come with its difficulties. Deadlines have to be kept, life lessons learned quickly and finances are notoriously stretched pretty thin. An unexpected cost which can sting many students is that of printing out work. Lecturers often ask for work to be printed and bound together before being submitted and over the course of an academic year, these costs can add up.
Here are a few simple ways in which student can reduce the cost of their academic printing.
Buy a printer with friends
A problem shared is a problem halved, so if admin expenses might stretch your budget a little thin, why not suggest a group of you pitching in together in order to solve the problem? You can buy a selection of printers and replacement cartridges online for reasonable prices, and with a number of you putting money towards the total, a decent model should be easily affordable.
Once bought, you all have access to the printer and can help share costs when it comes to ordering more paper or replacing the ink cartridges. It’s a win-win scenario for everybody and will ensure that nobody in your friend group is left out of pocket.
Shrink to fit
Space-saving on documents is something many students won’t think about until they start to see how much all those pages with three lines on them are costing them.
Fortunately, most word processors have a “shrink to fit” function which will automatically change the font size and margins of a document in order to make the information fit on one page. Just make sure once this has been clicked you can still read your work clearly!
When it comes to printing data from excel, this is also a common problem.
Many spreadsheets are formatted in a way which do no take printed versions into consideration. Before printing, remember to highlight only the cells which you want to print before continuing. If this still looks a bit clumsy or wasteful, try print screening the spreadsheet instead and pasting it into a document to see if that works.
Opt for cheap printer paper
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter about what the dissertation you’ve spent hours on is printed onto, its all about the quality of the content. So, whilst it can be very tempting to go out of your way and choose a high-quality brand of thick, textured paper, in purely financial terms this is not the right thing to do!
Stick with a simple easily affordable clean white paper, which can then be sued to print other things nicely after your work has finished. Function over fashion!