Don’t Break The Bank: Free Stuff on Campus!

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Brooke Rogers – 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

As a college student, budgeting can be hard work. Between tuition, textbooks and the general cost of living, life as a college student is expensive. I am personally always looking for a good deal and when I see something that is free I take advantage of it. Here at Conestoga College there are a ton of little known free services that can be super helpful to students. I thought I would help out your wallets and tell you about just a few of them today!

To begin, Conestoga offers free lockers to students! All you need to do is log onto MyConestoga at the beginning of the semester and you can choose your locker location and number. Even if you don’t use it to store your books it is a great place to put your bulky coat and wet boots in the winter months.

Through both the library and IT Services there are a lot of great tools available to assist you with your learning. Conestoga IT Services offers Microsoft Office for free as long as you are still a Conestoga student. The Conestoga Library offers the LRC which is a great homework tool, along with a free subscription to Lynda.com. This is a great resource with many different tutorials that allow you to further your learning online.

Student Success Services have great tools that can help you in multiple different ways. Academically, they have a tutoring service that provides scheduled group and individual tutoring sessions. They can help you with other things too such as editing your papers, using the proper APA format and helping you improve various learning skills. They also provide wellness support including confidential one-on-one counselling appointments and a medical care clinic that is free for students with valid OHIP or International Health Insurance coverage.

To end off, my favourite free offering at school is the free food! From the Frosh BBQ, to the late night Exam Relief event during study season, or even the Soup and Bannock Lunches held by Aboriginal Services on Wednesdays, there seems to always be something delicious cooking on campus!

These are just a few of the amazing free things Conestoga has to offer and they are always trying to find new ways to help out students with the financial burden of college! If you’re interested in any of these services make sure you go check them out, and maybe they will help you save a couple pennies on campus!

Here are some great links to get you started:

Free Software Downloads: https://www.conestogac.on.ca/current-students/software.jsp

CSI Events Calendar: http://conestogastudents.com/calendar/

Access Academic and Counselling Services: https://studentsuccess.conestogac.on.ca/

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