Finding Freebies

Forget shelling out cash for the following goods and services offered for free on campus.

Ryan Lynch, Editor in Chief

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






After a month at college, you check your bank account balance and realize you’re broke. All that cash you saved up working last summer has been spent on beer, food and concert tickets.

Having already exhausted your parents with pleas for $20 here and there, you’re stuck figuring out how you’re going to scrape by with limited funds. While you’re frantically looking for a job, take advantage of these on-campus opportunities for free stuff.

Condoms:

The free condoms in the Owls Care Health Promotion office come in all shapes, sizes and colors Andrew Fraieli | Managing Editor

The free condoms in the Owls Care Health Promotion office come in all shapes, sizes and colors Andrew Fraieli | Managing Editor

It helps to be prepared for the unexpected during college, especially if sex is involved. And thanks to a few of Florida Atlantic’s on-campus organizations, you won’t have to awkwardly place your rubbers on the counter of the local convenience store anymore.

The Student Health Services Clinic in Room 240 on the second floor of the Breezeway has a box of both latex and non-latex condoms for students in the lobby. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, closes at 5 p.m. Friday and is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

In its office in Room 222 on the second floor of the Breezeway, Owls Care Health Promotion has a “Condom Cart” and a “Lubrication Station,” which provide free lubricant, male and female condoms and dental dams. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If it’s late and you don’t have the time or money to run out and buy protection, resident assistants often have boxes of free condoms outside their doors. If all else fails, they can be found at the front desk of each residence hall.

HIV Testing:

Instead of having to spend close to $40 on a home test, Owls Care has free HIV testing every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. courtesy of Genesis Community Health. No appointment is necessary.

According to the Owls Care website, Florida is ranked No. 2 in the U.S. for HIV infections, so the sooner you get tested, the better.

Counseling:

For those dealing with psychological issues, the university has free individual and group therapy sessions through the Counseling and Psychological Services office in Room 229 on the second floor of the Breezeway. These can be attended via a scheduled appointment or a walk-in.

The office also has a crisis hotline — 561-297-3540 — that will connect students in psychological distress to a licensed therapist after hours and on weekends.

Scantrons:

The Student Government office on the second floor of the Student Union os one of several locations on campus with free scantrons for students.

The Student Government office on the second floor of the Student Union is one of several locations on campus with free scantrons for students.

Those blue pieces of paper that teachers often require for exams are sold at the campus bookstore, but why spend money when you can get them for free?

The Student Government office — open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday — on the second floor of the Student Union in Room 215 has free small green and large blue scantrons, as well as blue essay books. However, you can only take two at once, so make sure to stock up if you have several tests scheduled around the same time.

The information desk on the first floor of the Student Union also has free scantrons, as well as the Dean of Students Affairs Office on the second floor of the Breezeway in Room 226 across from the Student Health Services clinic. The S.E. Wimberly Library provides scantrons as well, but often runs out later in the semester.

Tutoring:

For those struggling to keep up in their classes, there’s no need to shell out $200 for a private tutor anymore. Thanks to the Center of Learning And Student Success, located at the Center for Teaching and Learning in Room 223 on the second floor of the Breezeway above General Classroom South, students can receive free tutoring throughout the year in whatever subject they’re having difficulty with.

Services include a writing center to help workshop and improve essays, a math center, supplemental instruction and lectures for classes that have a higher withdrawal rate, one-on-one tutoring and eTutoring for those who are located off campus and aren’t able to meet in person.

Transport:

Because of the mass of commuter students that descend upon the university on a daily basis, you’re probably tired of wasting what little gas money you have left on futile attempts to find parking close to your classes.

Instead of being forced to repeatedly park far away and then having to sprint to every class, check out FAU’s free shuttle service.

Running from 7:30 a.m to 7:15 p.m. every Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Fridays, the multiple shuttles follow a circular route that includes stops at the College of Business, the Culture and Society building and stops at or near the majority of the residence halls.

If you’re nervous about walking back alone to your dorm at night, Student Government has a free golf cart shuttle service called Night Owls that offer rides for students to and from any location on campus. Operating from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday, a call to 561-297-6695 can give you some peace of mind and save you a long walk back to your car or dorm.

Sports Events:

Getting into a basketball game at FAU Arena is as easy as presenting your OWL Card at the door. Andrew Fraieli | Managing Editor

Getting into a basketball game at FAU Arena is as easy as presenting your OWL Card at the door. Andrew Fraieli | Managing Editor

The days of having to bum $5 off your friend to see your school’s basketball team defend its home turf are over, as all students with an OWL Card are given free access to every home game.

For entry, football is the only sport that requires tickets, which can be found on FAU Athletics’ website. Students can also purchase a discounted guest ticket so that a friend, family member or significant other can sit with them at the game.

Art:

The Schmidt Center Gallery includes a rotationg schedule of exhibits, including pieces of work such as “Selfie With Artist”, by Naghmeh Goodarzi. Andrew Fraieli | Managing Editor

The Schmidt Center Gallery includes a rotating schedule of exhibits, including pieces of work such as “Selfie With Artist”, by Naghmeh Goodarzi. Andrew Fraieli | Managing Editor

Have a couple of hours to kill in the afternoon before your last class? FAU’s University Galleries are free to visit and open to the public for those needing to shake flashbacks of classroom ceilings.

The Schmidt Center Gallery is located within the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters next to the Living Room Theaters, while the Ritter Gallery is next to the Hillel 24-hour study center on the second floor of the Breezeway.

Both galleries present pieces from both students and professional artists from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays. The galleries are open an hour later on Saturday and closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Free Microsoft Programs:

Through FAU’s partnership with Microsoft’s Advantage program, students are able to get several 2016 Office programs for free when they register their FAU email address on Microsoft’s website.

The package — which costs $70 — contains Microsoft Word, Publisher, OneNote, Lync, PowerPoint, Excel and more, including a terabyte of storage from OneNote.

Ryan Lynch is the editor in chief of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @RyanLynchwriter.