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How to Save Money on Transportation to School

Published: January 11, 2021

When you’re a student, staying within your budget is a top priority. You look for money saving tips wherever you can. And there are some expenses—like the cost of getting to and from your classes—that seem unavoidable. But there are ways to reduce the cost of your commute—even eliminate it in some cases. Here are five ways to save money on transportation to school:

1. Take Public Transportation to School

If you want to save money and be eco-friendly at the same time, public transportation is a good alternative to your own vehicle. This is also a good choice if you don’t live close to your school, or if you need to travel from school to work or vice versa. Just remember to follow the proper safety protocols and social distance from other passengers.

Pro tip: Check the website of your city’s public transportation system for the cost of bus and commuter rail fares. Some services offer discounts or free rides for students. If not, grab a calculator and total the cost of your fare for each week. It will probably be cheaper to buy a monthly pass than to pay for each ride individually.

2. Ride a Bike to School

If you live close enough to your school, dust off your bicycle and take it for a ride. It’s an even more eco-friendly option, plus it’s a chance to build some exercise into your daily routine.

3. Join a Carpool with Other Students or Family

Carpooling has always been a great way to save money on transportation. You can be the driver or a passenger, sharing driving and expenses with fellow students. Or maybe you have a family member or friend heading in the same direction as campus. Compare schedules and make it work. Especially during the pandemic, you’ll want to be careful with whom you share your ride. Commuting with someone in your household or at least with a close family member reduces the risk of spreading or getting the virus.

4. Use Your Car the Right Way

Even if you use your own vehicle, there are still ways to save money on transportation costs. Follow some simple guidelines to get the most cost-effective mileage from your car:

  • Take Care of Your Car: Maintain your car regularly. Make sure the tires are properly inflated, the oil is changed on schedule, and that the car is driven often enough to keep the battery charged. A little upkeep now can save you from a costly repair later.
  • Don’t Speed: Nothing guzzles gas more than a fast-moving car, so always make sure you stay within the speed limit. If your commute is a long one, it could also eat up your gas money. Map your route and see if you can find a shorter alternative.
  • Compare Insurance Rates: Some insurance companies will give discounts to students. Find out if your provider does and then compare your rate to those offered by other companies to see if you have the best deal.

5. Avoid Transportation and Take Online Classes

You know what the very best way to save money on transportation to school is? To not go to campus! Check out online programs to eliminate the commute or blended learning where you spend less time at school. You’ll not only save money on the commute; you’ll also save travel time that you can convert into study time.


At Charter College, we offer online programs in Business, Health Care, Information Technology, and some Trades. Call 888-200-9942 to learn more.