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With the start of the spring semester already underway, students are getting back into the swing of things with classes, extracurricular activities and stressing out about all the upcoming exams.

We wake up early for those dreaded 7:30 a.m. classes and stay up late for our jobs and meetings while loading up on coffee just to stay awake.

Each semester brings its own set of challenges, but a special type of obstacle comes into play for those living at home.

As a commuter student who lives at home, I can tell you that it’s not easy, but the benefits outweigh the negatives.

Thankfully, the main campus and the Rosen College of Hospitality campus provide buses to transport students.

They have a set schedule that starts early in the morning and ends at night, going back and forth between campuses all day.

Even if it means having to wake up two or three hours before the class actually starts, using the shuttle beats having to deal with traffic and tolls.

Maria Boza, a fellow Rosen Shuttle user, said that the shuttle service is the most convenient for her.

She explained that using the Rosen Shuttle to get to school is best because the Rosen shuttle makes it convenient to save money on tolls and gas.

While the tolls averaging about $10 round trip to and from UCF can get pretty expensive, it’s worth it — students living at home save nearly $4,000, according to the the Campus Data Set for 2013–14.

Rod Cherichel, another student commuter, said, “I enjoy living off campus and commuting because it’s less expensive on housing cost.”

A student living on campus will spend around $9,300 on housing alone, while a student living at home spends about $4,806, which includes food and maybe a few bills here and there.

The amount saved from living at home can make a world of a difference, especially as college students.

Having the option to live at home during college means we don’t have to worry about paying rent on time, which can cause major stress for anyone.

Classes, exams and jobs are stressful enough, so if we can try to eliminate rent from our stress, we’ll have more time to focus on more important things — like that exam at 7:30 a.m.

Commuting students may have some challenges, but waking up a few hours early and dishing out a little bit of change is a whole lot better than stressing about rent.

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Tiffani Martinez is a Contributing Columnist for the Central Florida Future.

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