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Money tips


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.


  • 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).

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