My first year, I lived in the dorms and was sheltered from a lot of costs and expenses. After fall tuition was paid, I truly realized how expensive it was to live in the dorms and the only thing it boiled down to was convenience and security. From there I moved into a house with other roommates and we split costs as much as possible.
Basic Living expenses :
Rent $300 ($900 split 3 ways)
Electricity $10-20 ($30-60 per month, depending on season)
Internet/Cable $12 ($35 for the basic package)
Groceries; milk/bread/meats/common items $~50 (ranges from month to month)
Parking permit: $15
Random: $50 – shampoo, soap, etc.
Car payment $200
Car insurance $75
Phone bill $50
Gas $40 ( average city driving; no trips home)
1 rabbit show per month: $150
Note I do not pay tuition because I’m basically on a full ride because of multiple scholarships; otherwise add in about $7K per term. I did not include any other rabbit expenses, such as purchases of animals or equipment. Working 12 hours a week (university limits 20) brings you $400/month. So with that and refunds from scholarships, I basically live off of nothing. There isn’t a lot of wiggle room for accidents or unforeseen costs.
One could easily claim that I would be better off without the rabbits, and in reality I would have a little more money to spend on ... what? The rabbits make me happy, is a nice side project and through thick and thin, years of college later -- they're still here. :)