Nothing in college is cheap, especially considering all of the unaccounted expenditures. When budgeting for school, many students fail to include the cost of essential school supplies and fees like bar tabs, Uber rides and cookie bakes. Young scholars don't realize that they need to figure in the constant temptation of a night out in Aggieville before its too late to recover from the ruinous financial loss.
All jokes aside, nights in the Ville almost always take a toll on your wallet.
Even with the cheapest bottle of Burnett’s, alcohol and mixers for pregaming are going to set you back about $10, even if you split with your roommate. On top of this, an Uber to and from the bars, including a tip, is going to cost at least $20. At the bar, the average person racks up a tab of approximately $24.15, according to the American Nightlife Association.
Once you’re adequately inebriated, you’ll be unable to resist the seduction of a few gooey Insomnia Cookies, a slice of Pizza Shuttle, or a few donuts from the Varsity Truck. You’ll need to budget in around $5 for drunken delights.
By the time you find yourself collapsed on your bed at 3:00 a.m., the price tag on your night will have reached around $59.15. If you partake in such partying three times a month for ten months out of the year, you’ll have spent up to $1,774.5! If you choose to party on like this for all four years of school, the price adds up to $7,098. In terms of K-State's in-state tuition rate, that would nearly pay for an entire year of classes.
Thankfully, most students choose to abstain from such high levels of partying, but it is still important to realize the potential financial burdens it could cause.
But this is college, right? Aggieville is part of the K-State experience and memories (or lack thereof) associated with it are priceless. Instead of wasting your hard earned cash or slipping farther into the slimy clutches of more student loan debt, consider these five tips during your next trip to the Ville.
However, J.C. Diaz, president of the American Nightlife Association, a nightlife industry trade group in Washington D.C., says it's the other way around. "If you don't have the eyeballs, how can you sell something?" says Diaz.