Cheap Hobbies For College Students

College can be very expensive, but that does not mean you shouldn’t have fun. There a lot of cheap hobbies for college students that require little to no money. We have compiled a list of hobbies and student resources to get you started!

Let’s dive right in!

Learn programming

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Programming can be tough, but it is one of the most useful skills in our ever-evolving globalized society. Even if you are not technologically-inclined, programming can definitely help you in the long run.

There are a ton of free resources online for college students that want to learn programming. Here are a few to get you started:

Any programming language

  • FreeCodeCamp.org – Learn to code from the comfort of your own house. Create projects. Acquire credentials. Responsive web design, JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures, Front End Libraries, and other certifications are available. The awesome part? Everything is FREE.
  • SoloLearn.com – Learn to code from anywhere, at any moment, with courses in Python, C++, Java, JavaScript, Web Fundamentals, and more. Oh, I forgot to mention – Everything is totally FREE.

Python

What is Python? According to Wikipedia, Python is an interpreted high-level general-purpose programming language. Python’s design philosophy emphasizes code readability with its notable use of significant indentation. Its language constructs as well as its object-oriented approach aim to help programmers write clear, logical code for small and large-scale projects

Here are some resources that can help you learn Python immediately:

  • The Python Official Site: https://www.python.org/
  • Automate the Boring Stuff with Python – A Udemy companion course is available (20+ Chapters), as well as the option to buy the physical or electronic copies of the book. This is available to read online for free, including all files and related resources.
  • Youtuber Corey Schafer – He released a wide array of videos on topics that include: Python, Git, Development Environments, Terminal Commands, SQL, Programming Terms, JavaScript, Computer Science Fundamentals, and plenty of other tips and tricks which will help you gain skills for your future career.

Bodyweight Fitness

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Fitness is an important part of our life and we should pay close attention to our overall health. Bodyweight fitness is also totally free, and we have a plethora of resources readily-available for us to learn how to maintain our muscles young and healthy.

I find the bodyweight fitness subreddit a gold mine in terms of resources and how to get started on your fitness journey. Here are a few examples from their Wiki:

  • BWF Primer – A very gentle guide to exercise (appropriate also for complete beginners) that covers all of the information and workouts you’ll need to get started over the course of two weeks, encouraging you to begin with only one exercise on day one and work your way up to a full body 3x/week strength routine consisting of just six exercises!
  • The Minimalist Routine – A ‘bare minimum’, healthy workout regimen for people who just want to walk around and reap the advantages of daily exercise. You can perform this workout every day, but three days a week with steady advancement to tougher workouts is ideal if your targets include stamina and muscle development. Consider mobility and flexibility training and/or low-intensity cardio if you would like to do something on the days you are not doing this routine.
  • Workout Wednesdays
  • Feedback Threads to get an opinion from other members of the community

You can also check out exercises from menshealth.com, such as this list.

Learn to type faster

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Why should you type faster? The majority of people who work will come into touch with a computer over the course of a typical working day. For others, this is a brief period of time, while for some, it will last all day.

Imagine that you could minimize or even halve the amount of time you spend typing on your or your staff’s screen! There is immediately more bandwidth left for various activities during the day, so if you have mounds of papers on your desk and catch yourself staring at it and saying, “This is going to take me all day,” mastering the touch typing ability might be the solution.

A company’s success is determined by how quickly tasks are completed. It is important to improve your typing skills in order to finish your job more quickly. Typing allows you to work more easily on the device by allowing you to communicate with friends and clients, create notes, and discover new material.

Here are some free resources to get you started:

Knitting

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How do you get started with knitting?

The best way to get started is to buy needles and yarn and make a simple garter stitch scarf. Start with size US 10 / UK 4 / 6mm needles and cheap bulky yarn. Videos from Very Pink Knits are usually recommended on knittit. Here is how to cast on, how to knit and purl, and how to bind off. Lion Brand Scarfie is the exact right amount to make one scarf. Cast on 24-36 stitches and start your journey!

Origami

What is Origami? Origami (, Japanese pronunciation: [oiami] or [oiami], from ori meaning “folding” and kami meaning “paper” (kami changes to gami due to rendaku)) is the art of folding paper. In western usage, the term “origami” refers to all folding traditions, regardless of their cultural roots. The goal is to use folding and sculpting techniques to transform a flat square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture. Breaks, glue, or marks on the paper are commonly discouraged by modern origami practitioners. Origami directories also use the Japanese term kirigami to refer to cut-out designs.

Resources to start learning Origami

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  • Origami.me has a blog, books, a paper guide, as well many other resources that you will help you begin your Origami pathway
  • Origami-Instructions.com offers comprehensive YouTube tutorials and a myriad of other resources that can help you gain advanced notions of Origami in no time!
  • Origamiway.com – Most of the origami tutorials and diagrams on this page will be simple to avoid discouraging you, but feel free to try the more difficult ones if you’re feeling brave and want a challenge. There are several shapes to choose from, so choose one from the menu. If you’ve chosen a form, you’ll be shown the origami instructions and diagrams for it.

Did you practice any of these before? What is your favorite from this list?

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