The Best Free (or Cheap) Online Courses

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If you love to cook or want to learn how to cook this is a great site. It has thousands of recipes and more are posted each day. They have videos that teach you basic cooking skills or others skills if you’re an intermediate or expert. There are recipes from different countries, and you can also post your own recipes for people to comment on.


Everyone has heard of YouTube. YouTube is one of the best sites to learn a new skill or knowledge. The site has everything you can think of from beauty and makeup to home improvement. Ron Hazelton is a popular YouTuber who has a YouTube channel dedicated to nothing but DIY home improvement from painting to wallpaper. Just go to the YouTube search bar and type in anything you want to learn and there will be a video there t will teach you. You can learn how to salsa dance or improve your photography and HTML skills. YouTube has endless possibilities.


Pinterest has a whole category dedicated to DIY. This site relies heavily on crafts, home improvement and beauty, but it also has links to other sites that involve creative skills, business and technical skills. A great board to follow is Buzzfeed DIY board because they have tutorials for almost anything.

The Best Free (or Cheap) Online Courses

It doesn’t matter what website you choose from the list, each one can benefit your life in a different way. If you want to bring some extra money into your life, try the technology-focused sites like Code Academy or Code Avengers. If you’re creative and like to work with your hands, pick up a crafting skill and try Pinterest. Want to take up a free college class? Then, try Academic Earth or CourseEra.

Not sure which coding language to learn first? Maybe this will help:

The Best Free (or Cheap) Online Courses

What sites have you tried? What other sites should we include in this list? Have you taken a course? What did you think and what are your tips?

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 137 Comments

  1. Avatar of Lauren Plain

    Lauren Plain

    I absolutely love this post. It makes me happy that there are actually people in the world that still want to learn. sure, lots of people go to college, but there would not be as nearly many people in schools if they didn’t earn a degree for going. Hoping everyone will take the time out of their day to look at some of these websites.

  2. Avatar of Angelina Benham

    Angelina Benham

    Your article just earned a spot on my bookmarks. Great stuff!

  3. Avatar of Sara Bragg

    Sara Bragg

    Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art and technology topics. They will teach you practically anything, from making hummus to building apps. There is absolutely no excuse for you not to master a new skill, expand your knowledge, or eventually boost your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. it’s hard to imagine how much easier it can possibly be. I can’t wait to learn something new. Already made an account on Alison. I want to learn Spanish.

  4. Avatar of Zoe Sawyer

    Zoe Sawyer

    Learning new skills can keep our mind sharp as you age and open up to a whole new world of possibilities. Thanks urbanette for the list I am so thankful to you. You have helped me in keeping my new year resolution of learning something new.

  5. Avatar of Alexis Schuler

    Alexis Schuler

    With little more than an internet connection needed, these websites are empowering millions of people from around the world, to build their skills, launch a business, and create meaningful changes in their lives. Thank you urbanette for the information and educating people.

  6. Avatar of Lucinda Hanslow

    Lucinda Hanslow

    Education isn’t about getting that degree. It’s about honing skills that will make graduates desirable in the competitive workplace. These list of the website is so good I didn’t know there were so many of them. I have only heard of Alison and coursera.

  7. Avatar of Lily Amiet

    Lily Amiet

    This list is so amazing, whether you desire to become the next business leaders, learn a new language, or hack the world of traveling, they, ve collected the best website to learn new things online.

  8. Avatar of Lynda Diaz

    Lynda Diaz

    The future of learning is online, where you can learn new things anytime, anywhere.

  9. Avatar of William Dean

    William Dean

    I have read somewhere, she’s responsible for over 3000 marriages. How in the world can someone make some many matches? I can’t find even one wife for my self. I need some tips from her.

  10. Avatar of Luthi Sanders

    Luthi Sanders

    Online courses have been prevalent for many years now, It just needs a little more boost and a little more advertisement for it to really be considered a new mode of education.

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