Campus Life
Student Money: how do you save at school?
by Miriam Mohamadi | October 16, 2017

Something that most students have in common is that money isn’t exactly rolling in by the truck loads.

It can seem like we have an endless stream of expenses; especially when it comes to our education, which, lets face it, is a pricey but worthy investment into our future. We’ve already talked about 5 ways that you can save money at school, but we were interested in finding out some money saving tips from other students.

If you need a little extra cash (and who doesn’t?) bursary applications are now open

Here’s how Humber and Guelph-Humber students are saving money at school:

Dan – Kinesiology, Guelph-Humber

“I try to bring a lunch, snack, and a water bottle. Food is expensive here so I try to save by doing that. I used to buy my lunch every time I was here but it adds up. I’ve ended up saving a decent amount just by bringing food. That’s my best tip.”

Malory – Media Studies, Guelph-Humber

“I just bring a lunch when I can and try not to buy any snacks or drinks when I’m here.”

Shanna – Fashion Arts and Business, North Campus

“I bring my coffee from home. I used to go to Starbucks everyday and that really added up. So I just bring coffee and tea from home and that’s helped me save a lot actually.”


Kelsey – Early Childhood Education, Guelph-Humber

“I buy my textbooks from Amazon. It’s a lot cheaper than the bookstore. That, or I’ll buy it off someone at school. I also always pack a lunch so that I don’t have to buy food when I’m here, but if I’m being lazy one day I’ll go to Tim Hortons since it’s one of the cheaper food options here.”

John – Graphic Design, North Campus

“I bus instead of taking my car. I don’t live too far from here so it’s not bad but there’s no way I’m gonna pay $7 for parking everyday. I work on campus so I’m here a lot and that would be too much. If I do drive I just park at Queens Plate.”

Iris – Business Administration, North Campus

“Me and my friend carpool and split the parking cost. It’s so much better!”


Need a helping hand with your finances? Check out IGNITE’s financial services for bursaries, info on our tax clinic, and more!

Check out 6 back to school money saving tips for more advice on how you can save this school year.