Whether you’re going away to college for the first time or simply want to step up your sharing game on campus, here are 11 ways to bring the sharing spirit to your college experience.

1. Top 10 Tips for Starting a Campus Food Coop

Does your campus have a food coop? Do you think it should? Here are 10 tips to make it happen.

2. How to Find and Keep a Housemate

Having great housemates can make your college experience fantastic, while having less-than-great ones can be a nightmare. Here are some tips on finding (and keeping) housemates you can live comfortably with. Photo: William Neuheisel (CC-BY)

3. How to Divide Rent Fairly

Once you’ve found great housemates, this tool can help you divide the rent in a way that is fair to everyone. Photo: epSos .de (CC-BY)

4. How to Host a Stranger Dinner

Want to make new friends on campus but you’re not sure how? Try hosting a Stranger Dinner. You can start creating a community around sharing and make some new friends. Photo: Juhan Sonin (CC-BY)

5. How to Dumpster Dive, Eat Free, and Fight Waste

What better time to try dumpster diving than when you’re away at school? When done right, it’s a great way to eat on the cheap and fight food waste.

6. How to Stage a Clothes Swap

Now that you’re surrounded by people your own age, and perhaps living on a tight budget, rally your friends for a clothes swap. You can re-up your wardrobe and spark the sharing spirit. Photo: Lynn B (CC-BY)

7. 5 Ways to Save the Commons On Your Campus

Shared, open spaces on college campuses are treasured resources for relaxing, meeting friends, taking a stroll, freaking out about exams, and more. Learn where the commons are on your campus and how you can appreciate, share, and protect them. Photo: Ricardo Fernandez (CC-BY)

8. How to Become a Lawyer Without Going to Law School

Is law school on your horizon? Do you know there’s a way to become a lawyer without going to law school? Before you take out a massive loan, take a look at this alternative route. Photo: Phil Roeder (CC-BY)

9. A Guide to Free and Open Source Education

Want to supplement your education with some free, online resources? Here’s a guide to some of the best free and open source educational platforms. Photo: Sholeh (CC-BY)

10. How to Reinvent the Potluck

Want to bring people together for an inexpensive gathering? Throw a potluck. They're easy and they bring people together in extraordinary ways.

11. Get Involved with the Post Landfill Action Network

The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) was created at the University of New Hampshire to “help build student-led, self-sustaining waste-reduction programs at universities nationwide.” On the heels of a successful crowdfunding campaign, PLAN is creating a platform for colleges to share ideas, best practices and resources with each other.

Bonus Tip: Read the Book, Share Or Die

A book written largely by, and for, young people, Share Or Die takes an honest look at the economic and environmental messes humans have made, and askes the next generation to share their struggles, hopes, and strategies for a brighter, more Shareable future.


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Cat Johnson is a content strategist and teacher helping community builders create strong brands. A longtime writer, marketing pro and coworking leader, Cat is the founder of Coworking Convos and