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11 Things You Should Know Before You Start First Year At University of Guelph

Frosh is only a couple weeks away and going into your first year of university can be exciting but also daunting. Luckily, these 11 tips compiled from Guelph students will help you learn the ropes a little quicker! 

1. Don't buy new textbooks.

Always check the co-op bookstore under Johnston Hall before you go and buy a brand new textbook! They sell used textbooks for cheaper and can save you some serious cash.

2. If you have classes in Alexander Hall, War Memorial or Thornborough, bring a clipboard. 

Unfortunately, the desks in these lecture halls are literally the size of a post it note, so bring something to write on if you don't type your notes on a laptop!

3. Save the coupon book you are given during the first week.

Trust me, do not throw it out! At the end of the year when you have zero money left to your name or meal plan and your body is 90% ramen noodles you will treasure those coupons like nothing else.

4. Go to Macdonald Hall if the library is full.

The business building surprisingly isn't as full as one would think, so if the library is slammed and you don't like to study in your dorm, check out Macdonald Hall!

5. Van Gogh's Ear Karaoke Nights.

Van Gogh's Ear has karaoke nights on Tuesday and they are an absolute blast. Since it isn't crazy packed, you're guaranteed to get your time to shine on stage!

6. Bullring is the perfect study spot. 

Bullring is great for not only private study but great for group study too! The music played inside is always ace, the couches are comfy AF and the food is life changing. 10/10 Bullring, 10/10.

7. Bring a mattress topper.

If you are going into residence, bring a mattress topper. The mattresses in residence are the equivalent of a brick and you will leave first year with a broken back if you don't.

8. Take advantage of Johnston Green.

Bring a frisbee, football or whatever you want when you arrive to Guelph in September to take advantage of Johnston Green! The massive green space is awesome to just hang out with friends between class or play some frisbee!

9. Take advantage of trivia nights!

McCabes downtown has a trivia night on Wednesdays and the Brass Taps has theirs Tuesdays and they are a blast!

10. Visit the Arboretum.

Make time to visit the Arboretum at least once in the Fall, it's beautiful and a great spot to go if you are looking to relieve some midterms stress.

11. Creelman is the food hall to go to.

If you are going to eat at any food hall in Guelph, eat at Creelman. They have the best food and range of options for every student!

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