If you want to have fun, but don’t want to spend a lot of money, there are plenty of inexpensive entertainment options to choose from.
- Participate in a Campus Recreation team, sport, or class
- Read the Imprint – Waterloo’s student newspaper – or the Waterloo Daily Bulletin to find out about upcoming events, many of which are free
- Join a club through the Federation of Students
- Attend free public lectures sponsored by the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
- Attend a free concert put on by orchestra@uwaterloo – or audition to play in it!
- Borrow magazines from the Turnkey Desk
- Get discounted movie tickets from the Turnkey Desk in the Student Life Centre (SLC)
- Check out other theatres and events – many offer discounts for students, such as
- The Centre in the Square, where you can attend plays, concerts, comedy shows, and much more
- The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, which offers incredible rates on season tickets for post-secondary students
- If you're on campus in the summer, Music and Movies in the Park (Waterloo Park, across University Avenue from Waterloo)
- Purchase snacks and fruit for your lunch at a local grocery store. Avoid convenience store purchases since most items cost significantly more.
Living on campus
- If you’re planning to live in residence, you'll still money for some key costs, including laundry, long-distance phone calls, food (if you’re living in a suite-style residence), clothes, entertainment, school supplies, books, and tuition.
- Waterloo Food Services has a number of meal plans that are convenient, flexible, nutritious, and full of variety and that can save you 5% to 65% off the price of on-campus food purchases.
Living off campus
- If you’re renting off campus, carefully check the terms of your lease – an 8-month lease will save you money in the long run if you’re not planning to spend your summer or work term in Waterloo. Visit Waterloo’s Off-Campus Housing website for a current listing of student rental accommodations.
- Consider buying your bus tickets at the Turnkey Desk in the Student Life Centre (SLC) – they offer discounted rates!
- If you live close enough to go home on weekends be sure to ask for a “student fare” when purchasing your bus ticket, or use the FedBus – run by Waterloo’s Federation of Students – for trips to Toronto, London, and Hamilton. The FedBus is cheaper than most commercial bus companies and leaves directly from the Davis Centre building (DC).