Need a bit of help? End-of-semester supports for students

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: December 2, 2021 2:00 p.m.

URSU's Food Security Coordinator Cassidy Daskalchuk fills URSU's community fridge with containers of homemade soup from Regina Food Bank.
URSU's Food Security Coordinator Cassidy Daskalchuk fills URSU's community fridge with containers of homemade soup from Regina Food Bank. Photos provided by URSU

The end of the semester can be a stressful time. Between finals, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the holidays, and other stressors you may be facing, there is no better time to reach out for a bit of help. 

The University of Regina and the University of Regina Students’ Union are here for you! 

With several different programs and services available to support you, whether you need clothing, food, financial or mental health support, or textbooks, we’ve put together a list to help you get through the rest of the semester and beyond! 

CLOTHING 

URSU Cares Thrifts

Find fashion and function at URSU Cares Thrifts! Throughout the pandemic, URSU adapted and expanded how they support students and help the campus community. If you’re going for a job interview or have a work term coming up and don’t own any professional attire, URSU Cares Thrifts has got you covered! Thanks to the generosity of Moores Clothing, Dress for Success Regina, and members of the community, you will be able to find (gently used) professional attire for both men and women. 

The program, which has grown to include donated items like cookware, notepads, and books, saves students money and saves consumer goods from going to waste! URSU Cares Thrifts will be back in January, visit URSU’s UniVerse events page for upcoming dates.

 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT 

URSU Emergency Bursary Fund

The University of Regina Students’ Union has an Emergency Bursary Fund available to help those students who need it. The Bursary is intended to help students make ends meet. Contact the Student Advocate at advocate@ursu.ca for more info on the Emergency Bursary Fund.


University of Regina Student Emergency Fund

The University of Regina provides emergency funding assistance to students whose continued education at the University of Regina is at risk due to unexpected financial pressures. In most circumstances, students who have demonstrated financial need are eligible for a maximum of $1,000. 

 

FOOD AND HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES

URSU Cares Breakfast Club

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Staff members from URSU serve a free
breakfast to students at the Owl.

Is there a better way to start your day than a delicious free breakfast? Students can go to the Lazy Owl during URSU’s “Breakfast Club” mornings for just that! You can also chat with URSU executives and staff, as well as other students. 

The last free breakfast of the year is on Tuesday, December 14. Breakfast is served starting at 9 a.m. and ends when they have run out of food.


URSU Cares Pantry

Students who attend the URSU Cares Pantry program are able to get free groceries and toiletries. The Pantry is a valuable service that offers these necessities to students who are facing food insecurity. Students are able to get items such as fruits, vegetables, cereal, bread, canned food, deodorant, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and more. 

The next URSU Cares Pantry pick-up dates are Wednesday, December 15 and Thursday, December 16 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. You can sign up for a timeslot on URSU’s UniVerse events page.


URSU Community Fridge
 

Students can visit the URSU community fridge on the second floor of the Riddell Centre, right by the URSU Member Services Desk. The items in the fridge and on the shelves are available for anyone to take! You do not have to sign in or talk to anyone. URSU invites all students to take whatever they may need from the fridge and the shelves. 

 

MENTAL HEALTH

Counselling Services 

If you need someone to talk to, contact Counselling Services to set up an appointment with one of the Counselling Services team’s registered psychologists. 

Counselling Services provides accessible, responsive, evidence-based, and inclusive psychological services. All of their clinicians are registered psychologists with extensive experience in helping students work through their mental health and situational concerns. 

You can also visit the Mental Wellness Hub for more mental wellness services and supports available to students. 

 

TEXTBOOKS

Textbooks for All

To help support students with the cost of textbooks, the University of Regina Students’ Union and the Dr. John Archer Library have worked together to create the Textbooks for All program. This program allows the Library to purchase the textbooks students need, and gives students access to the textbooks in 2-hour blocks for studying. Textbooks can be requested through QuickFind or borrowed in-person at the Library Help Desk for a semester loan period. 

Be sure to check out How to save money on your U of R education for other great tips, programs, and services to help you save money!  

 

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