The Key to Campus: Your Conestoga ONECard

Brooke Rogers – 3rd Year Bachelor of Design

The Conestoga ONECard is your key to the campus. With it you can unlock a sea of services here at the college, and it makes your life here at Conestoga a lot easier!

Not only does having one card make your wallet a lot lighter, it also makes it easier for you to keep organized since you really don’t need anything else on campus.

Right at the start of your day, if you have purchased a bus pass, you can use your ONECard to get on the GRT busses. One cool new feature this year is that your ONECard now has a tap function on these busses so you don’t have to worry about your sticker falling off or fading!

Once you get to the college, you can hit up the gym before class by just tapping your card on the gate! You could also go print off some notes by tapping it on one of the many printers around campus. At the start of the semester your ONECard is automatically loaded with $50 worth of print credits, so print as much as you need.

If you get hungry and decide you want a bite to eat, you can use any Condor Cash that you’ve uploaded to your ONECard to pay for your meal! Condor Cash is great if you want to limit how much you are spending on food because you can control how much money is on the card. Condor Cash can also be used at a variety of places on campus to purchase many different things!

Now it’s time for math class and OH NO! You forgot your calculator! No worries! You can bring your ONECard to the Service Hub and rent one out for a couple hours. Additionally, in class your ONECard is the ticket into your test or exam so make sure you have it with you!

After your school day is done, it’s time to kick back, relax and have some fun! There are some great events on campus that can help you do just that! Event tickets are now purchased on the CSI app and done electronically, however you will need that ONECard as ID when you are entering the event. Be sure to check out the CSI app to see all the special events happening on campus!

This of course is only a sampling of all the things your ONECard can do for you! New services are being added to it all time and I can’t wait to see what they add on next!

Top 5 places to eat at the Kitchener (Doon) Campus (according to Brooke)

Brooke 3rd Year Bachelor of Design – Conestoga College

Hi everyone! My name is Brooke, I am currently a 3rd year student in the Bachelor of Design program at Conestoga, and I am very excited to be writing my first article as a Social Media Ambassador!

In the past couple years I’ve spent at Conestoga I’ve been to a lot of places on campus and tried a lot of new things. This includes tons of the amazing food options we have here on campus and I thought I would let you guys know about some of the best

1. Pita Pit

Pita Pit has some amazing food and is located on the second floor of the Rec Center. This is a great healthy option for students who are looking for somewhere to eat between classes, and the prices aren’t too crazy either. My personal favourite is the Chicken Cesar. It’s delicious and a perfect alternative to just having a plain old salad. The lines can sometimes get long though so try to go when they open at 10am or later in the day!

2. Condor Cafe

The Condor Cafe is the main cafeteria here on campus, and is often referred to as “The Caf”. This location is full of many different delicious food options that serve not only lunch but breakfast as well! Some of the amazing options included, Smoke’s Poutinerie, Grill & Co., serve yourself Starbucks Coffee, and my personal favourite, the Create Station where you can create your own pasta and stir fry! Pro tip: ask for a mixture of alfredo and marinara sauce, it tastes amaziiinnnngggggg! There is a cafeteria similar to this on every campus so if you’re not at Doon make sure you find your cafeteria and check it out!!

3. Tim Hortons

I could not make this list without including the Canadian classic. Obviously, Tim’s has your coffee but the food they sell there is also delicious. I love the Turkey Bacon Club, and if you are on a budget remember bagels are around $2 and will fill you up without breaking the bank. But, if you are going to Tim’s, remember to check the Conestoga Tim’s Cam to check how long the line is. You can also conveniently mobile order so it’s ready when you get there!

4. CozE Corner

CozE Corner is the second major cafeteria on campus and is often referred to as “the other caf” or “the Subway one” because not only does it have a Subway but it also has a Pizza Pizza. This cafeteria is smaller but the food options are amazing. The pizza is always hot and the subs are always fresh. The also sell pizza in the Condor Cafe but I prefer to get it here because it’s right out of the oven. Subway is also another great option if you are looking to stay healthy!

5. The Venue

The Venue is a newer location on campus and is our full service restaurant! The first year I was a student here this was actually another cafeteria, however last year it officially transitioned into a restaurant and bar. The food here is amazing and they just rolled out a bunch of new menu items that I can’t wait to try! The prices are always super affordable, and they even have live bands come in and play on Thursdays! This is a great place to hang out with friends whether you want to grab a meal or just sit down for a bit and get a drink.

These are just a few of the great food options we have here at the Doon campus, but they’re some of my favourites. I hope next time you forget your lunch or want to try something new you go and check them out!