Being an architecture student can drain your bank account that you worked hard building up this summer. If you are not smart about the way you manage your materials, you will quickly see that it's easy to blow through money. Here at Designblendz, we've compiled some  tips to help you save money and preserve your funds!

  • Freshman year you are probably bound to receive a package from a family member or friend from home. If it comes in cardboard, save it. Read the card, eat the M&Ms, and take the packaging back to studio to use for a study model. If there is shipping print or labels on it just sand it down and it’ll be ready to use.
  • Once you make some good studio friends you should share materials. We know that it’s hard to draft up drawings simultaneously if you’re sharing a scale or t-square, but there are plenty of other things you can share. You can get away with splitting everyday materials such as trace, plastic pins, and the big pack of Prismacolor pencils or markers. A bigger investment that is handy to split is good quality plotter paper for your final presentation. It can run close to $100 even on sites like Amazon, and the reality is that you’re probably never going to use it all yourself (unless you store it for another semester neatly and safely at home).
  • How does that saying go? “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure?” Yeah, that’s it. Be aware of what your studio mates don’t want anymore and are getting rid of, and take it for yourself. I’m not saying go dumpster diving, but times can get tough…
  • If staying at school until late hours is convenient, make use of the school computers rather than purchasing the expensive software for your personal computer. We know that there will always be a couple of times when it passes the time studio closes and you still aren’t done, but good time management can help avoid that. Adobe’s Creative Cloud itself runs $300 on Amazon.
  • At the end of the semester go through your scraps of materials. They may seem like they have cutouts all over the place, are probably bent, and that they are unusable. You can compact and minimize them by cutting away all of the jagged edges of pieces you cut out. Once they are solid sheets or seem usable again, store them away for next semester. And remember, when you are studying architecture or architectural design -- have fun! Stay passionate and let your vision come to life.

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