Find Out Whether You Need To Buy A Printer When Heading Off To College

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Author: Clara Smith

Every high school student aspires to go to college one day, and when you finally receive that admission letter, my guess is that you will be over the moon with excitement. To ensure that everything goes smoothly on the day of your admission, it is always a good idea to make a checklist beforehand. This way, you will be able to avoid running around at the last minute looking for things you forgot to buy, and at the end of the day still forget some very important things. One thing that features on many freshmen’s checklists is a printer. However, it is important to note that you do not necessarily need to buy a printer when heading off to college. A lot has changed and things are now very different from the 90’s when a printer was a must-have device for a college student. Here are a few things to consider:

  • A printer will take up a lot of space in your dorm room if you will be living in a hostel.

  • It can end up costing quite a lot of money depending on the kind of printer you want. You will also need to be purchasing ink and paper regularly. This is on top of all the other important things you need to purchase for college.

  • Depending on your course, you might not need to use a printer that often, and therefore buying one will not be the best decision.

  • You might be going to a school where most assignments are submitted electronically, eliminating the need for a printer.

  • Some colleges have print stations in school, where students can print all their documents at a small fee.

Considering all the above, it is clear that not every college student needs a printer. However, if you are majoring in English, Literature or any other Humanities course, you might have to be doing quite a lot of printing. Therefore, you might be better off buying your own printer. Most degree programs also require students to take some courses like English and other Humanities, and if this is the case with the college you are going to, you might need a printer as these subjects involve a lot of written assignments. Art and photography students might also need their own personal printers as they often work late into the night. Therefore, even if the college has print stations, they may not be able to access them every time they need to print something.

If you fall in the latter category and need a personal printer, you might be overwhelmed by the numerous options available on the market. There are several things you need to consider when selecting a printer for use in college. Besides the initial cost of the printer, you also need to consider the running costs in terms of ink usage and overall efficiency. Check out the top 10 best printers for college students (most efficient ink usage) for some guidance. A printer might not seem like a big deal, but it can either make your college experience a breeze or a nightmare. Therefore, choose wisely.

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