1st Year Tips & Tricks

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017 - 08:48

Tip #1: Visit thecannon.ca

You’ll join the online community of students at U of G. They offer free classifieds to buy and sell everything from housing rentals to textbooks.

Don’t want to buy your textbook new at full price? This is the place to find it used at a cheaper price. Need a place to rent after first year? Browse the listings.

Tip #2: Off-campus restaurants deliver to campus

Feeling famished during a late-night study session? Order from the many locations that deliver right to your residence door!

Tip #3: Familiarize yourself with the bus routes.

The City of Guelph has arguably one of the best transportation systems. You pay for a bus pass within your student fees, so take advantage of it!

Tip #4: Find “your” study spot on campus.

You don’t have to study in the library or your residence room. There are a ton of other buildings and unique places across campus to study.

You also don’t have to be in that program to study in their building (i.e. the Science Complex, Engineering Atrium).

Tip #5: City of Guelph

We recommend stepping off campus and taking in the beauty that is Guelph! There are a ton of events that happen year-round or places to go see; take a break from studying and check them out.

Tip #6: Research the closest grocery stores to campus.

It’s so easy to jump on a bus and go grab some groceries. Fact: Zehr’s offers 10% off for students on Tuesdays! This is necessary.

Tip #7: Take advantage of discounts.

There are a range of other places throughout Guelph that offer discounts for students. Be on the lookout for promos or have your student card visible at the cash and you just might get lucky!

Tip #8: Get to know your student services.

There are a range of academic, wellness, accessibility, counselling, professional and other student services across campus that you should research now, and take advantage of when you get here!

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and find the resources you need.

Tip #9: Find your people.

“Club Days” happens at the beginning of every semester. You can browse the booths, find people with the same interests and get involved.

Tip #10: Bounce Back

If you’re finding first year difficult, this program will help you get back on track!

Tip #11: Learn the ins and outs of the Library.

The Library is more than a place to study. See Week 8 for a list of their services

But if you are going there to study, make friends with those studying around you. The Library is flooded during the semester, especially during midterm/exam season. Your new friends can “save your spot” if you need to grab some food or a coffee. This is the best!

If you’re a night hawk and like to study into the wee hours of the morning, the Library is also open until 2:00am.

Tip #12: Register for your gym membership online.

To avoid line ups at the beginning of the semester, we encourage you to register for your gym membership online!

Tip #13: Play an intramural.

It’s simple. Intramurals are the best way to meet new people, and a fantastic break from academics. We have over 15 sports!

Tip #14: Go to Trivia Tuesdays at Brass Taps

It’s a good time.

Tip #15: Use a reusable mug.

By using a reusable mug, you can order any size coffee/specialty drink and only pay the price of a small (or tall)!

AND, if you get a stamp card, you can get a free drink after 9 purchases. Necessary.

Tip #16: Know the coffee shop locations across campus.

Need a coffee in between classes? Done.

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