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How to save $$$ on your U of R education

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: August 11, 2021 10:00 a.m.


 

1. Scholarships

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You can check to see if you’re eligible for one of the U of R’s automatic entrance scholarships, or use the Student Awards Management System to search both entrance and continuing student awards by faculty, program, and more.

The Government of Saskatchewan also has several awards, bursaries, grants, and scholarships that you can check out.

2. Textbooks

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When you enter your course information on the Campus Store site, you’ll get a list of the required textbooks for that class. Many of them have the option to buy the textbook used, saving you some major $$$!

You can also see if the textbook you need is available through the URSU/Library Textbooks for All program.

Finally, don’t forget about zero-cost materials courses. These courses use teaching materials and resources that are freely available to students, meaning you won’t need to spend any additional money on textbooks for the class. You can watch this page for a full list of the zero-cost materials courses that will be offered in the Winter 2022 semester.

3. Groceries

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 The University of Regina Students’ Union participates in the Good Food Box Program (operated by REACH Regina). This means you can place your order and pick up your Good Food Box at the Students’ Union front desk every two weeks.

Each Good Food Box is a fresh and nutritious box of fruits and vegetables, and there are several different sizes and types available. REACH charges a not-for-profit price, which will save you an average of one-third to one-half of what you would pay for similar produce at a grocery store.

4. Health and Dental Care

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An unexpected medical bill is never a welcome surprise. Luckily the University of Regina Students’ Union’s Health and Dental Plan has got you covered! The Plan is designed to fill the gaps in provincial health care and other basic health-care programs, so it fully or partially covers things such as prescription drugs, vision care, and dental care.

You can save even more by visiting health professionals who are members of the Chiropractor, Dental, Massage Therapy, Naturopath, and Pharmacy Networks. You are always covered for the insured portion regardless of the health professional you choose, but when you see a Network member, you will receive additional coverage. For example, if you visit a dentist who is a member of the Dental Network, you will receive an additional 20 per cent off dental services on top of the already-insured portion of your visit.

TIP: Get your myBenefits card and bring it with you when you pick up prescriptions or visit the dentist.

5. Transportation

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Take the bus! The Universal Bus Pass, or U–pass, is a program designed for University of Regina students that allows you to use Regina Transit as much as you need to for a once-per-semester fee.

Students who live out of town or within the designated opt-out zones are able to opt-out of the program. Before requesting an opt-out, please check your University of Regina account to see if you have been charged for the U-Pass. If you have not been charged, you should not have to request an opt-out. You can find out more about the U-pass on URSU’s website.

Added bonus: you don’t have to worry about parking tickets or driving to class in a blizzard!

Prefer to walk or bike? There are also many multi-use pathways that lead to the U of R’s main campus, as well as plenty of bike stands to lock up your bike while you’re in class.

6. Fitness

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Did you know that all U of R students have access to the fitness centre and swimming pool? Just make sure you have a valid student ID card!

7. Wi-fi, charging stations, and computers


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Computer or internet issues? Don’t panic!

  • You can access free wi-fi anywhere on the main U of R campus for your smart phone, tablet, or laptop.
  • Need a boost? There are multiple charging stations located around campus.
  • You can also access a computer in the Dr. John Archer Library.

Take the bus! The Universal Bus Pass, or U–pass, is a program designed for University of Regina students that allows you to use Regina Transit as much as you need to for a once-per-semester fee.

Students who live out of town or within the designated opt-out zones are able to opt-out of the program. Before requesting an opt-out, please check your University of Regina account to see if you have been charged for the U-Pass. If you have not been charged, you should not have to request an opt-out. You can find out more about the U-pass on URSU’s website.

Added bonus: you don’t have to worry about parking tickets or driving to class in a blizzard!

Prefer to walk or bike? There are also many multi-use pathways that lead to the U of R’s main campus, as well as plenty of bike stands to lock up your bike while you’re in class.