Money Tips

Learn to Save Money

Post-Secondary Can be Expensive

Do your research and save where you can. Save money and time by planning ahead.

Save the stress for studying!

  1. U-pass: A university bus pass is a great way to save money on gas, parking, and the cost of owning a car by providing a discounted rate to public transit. Institutions are working hard to improve transit schedules, some even have their own shuttle services between campuses.
  2. Textbooks and Material: Plan ahead to save money on textbooks. Compare prices at your campus bookstore with online retailers. Purchase used textbooks over new textbooks. Find out from the student association on your campus about how to rent your textbooks or use textbook exchange programs. See if your textbook is free on Open Textbooks. 

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  3. Retail Discounts: Your student ID card gets you student discounts at many popular retailers. For example, you can save money at stores like the Gap or Roots, as well as at most restaurants, personal services, and entertainment venues. If you're not sure, ask! And don't forget to carry your student ID with you.
  4. Gym Memberships: Use the free gym or fitness room on your campus. Also, many public fitness centres are free with your Upass.
  5. Cell Phones & Internet: All cell phone companies have student packages. Even if you have a cell phone already, ask about student pricing. All campuses have wi-fi, use it. If you have large files to download, download them on campus and don’t exceed your cell phone plan coverage.
  6. Bank Fees: Banks offer students banking services without service fees or reduced service fees. Ask your bank how they can help you save money as a student.
  7. Food: Campus food services can be expensive. Pack a lunch, cook your own meals will save you money. If you live in student housing, use the common kitchen area instead of purchasing a meal plan. If you have to purchase a meal plan, use it for at least 90% of your meals. Ask for a Student discount!