University is such a change from high school, new city, new people, new classes. It’s a fresh start but it can also be a little intimidating. Even though I’ve only just finished my first semester of my first year, I definitely picked up a thing or two that I thought I could share. Keep reading for 20 life hacks at Carleton University that will definitely make your first year easier!
1. Invest in a locker … it’s actually worth it.
Getting a locker is totally worth the investment, especially in the winter months. I’ve learned the hard way that carrying your winter jacket around and spending all day in boots is no fun. It’s so much easier to ditch your stuff in a locker.
2. Learn to use the tunnels, it’s key to your survival.
The tunnels will be your friend, you don’t want to be outside in -40 in Ottawa. They can be a little intimidating at first but just follow the signs and you’ll probably be ok. One of the coolest life hacks at Carleton University.
3. The Tims on the 4th floor of the UC is usually your best bet.
I’ve learned in the last few months that the Tim Hortons on the 4th floor of the UC is probably the best bet for a quick coffee and snack. The one on the first floor always has an obnoxiously long line and doesn’t have much choice left.
4. Bring your own coffee mug to school … you’ll save money.
Most places on campus will charge you less if you bring your own mug! Saving a few cents on every coffee will be totally worth it in the long run.
5. Book store price matches.
Something that the CU bookstore does is price matching! If you browse around online and look for some cheaper prices you can take them into the bookstore and they will price match. This is super convenient and will save you lots of time.
6. Havens or Octopus Books are good options too!
If you fancy a walk down the street, Haven Bookstore or Octopus bookstore are great options for textbooks too!
7. Use your student card for discounts.
Your Carleton student card offers a variety of discounts so be sure to take advantage of them! Most loblaws, metro and Independent grocery stores offer 10% off on Tuesdays. Bulk Barn gives you 10% off on Wednesdays, Tucker’s Marketplace and Menchie’s(specific location) offer discounts as well. A few museums, and recreational facilities give CU students discounts too. These discounts are some of the best life hacks at Carleton University. Check out the Carleton website for a full list!
8. Take advantage of the library resources.
The library offers a wide range of resources, from TA’s and grad students who can help you with your essays, to access to archives and so much more!
9. Go to a PASS workshop.
If one of your courses has PASS workshops you should definitely check them out. If you’re not up to go every week, maybe just take advantage of it before tests and exams.
10. Check out the renovated gym.
Carleton is home to a newly renovated gym that has some amazing work out equipment.
11. Don’t take 8 am class…seriously just don’t.
I learned this the hard way. Please save yourself and don’t take an 8am class, especially if you live off campus. Even if you think you’ll enjoy it or it will be interesting you will probably be napping the whole time.
12. Go to events.
Going to events is probably one of the best ways to meet people! Stepping out of your comfort zone and saying hi to someone could result in new friend. Join a club or society and mingle away. Carleton is also big on Greek life if you’re interested in a sorority or fraternity.
13. The Bus Buddy app is a lifesaver.
When public transport becomes your life, you need something to keep you on track. This app so great to get bus times and schedules, it’s super helpful and such a lifesaver.
14. The CU Mobile app is actually super helpful.
Another app that is wonderful to have is the CU Mobile app. It’s one of the best life hacks at Carleton University. You can access your schedule, classes and your student accounts.
15. Join buy and sell groups on Facebook.
These are great for getting textbooks, furniture and so many more random things.
16. Recording lectures can help.
As long as your professors are ok with it (which they usually are) recording them are great. You can go over them and make sure you caught everything from the lecture.
17. Learn how to skim.
Skimming is one of the most essential skills you will need to learn. Let’s be honest no one has time to do all of the reading for every class.
18. Try the Loeb Cafe instead of the UC.
It’s usually less crowded and you’ll get the same options!
19. Make friends in your classes.
This is crucial! If you’re sick or miss a class you can get any notes you missed.
20. Thirsty Thursdays at Ollie’s.
If drinking is your thing, Oliver’s on Thursday’s has cheap drinks and themed nights.
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I am a first-year journalism and political science student at Carleton University! When I am not writing for Mvslim or Society 19 I will probably be catching up on my favorite tv show or snuggled up with a good book. I love to travel and spend time with my friends and family. I enjoy baking delicious treats, watching movies and listening to some great music.