12 items to check off your to-do list before school starts

Attention students: Prepare for the upcoming academic year with this handy list of items that will help make your experience at the U of S awesome.

1. Get your student ID card, you need it! Use your student ID card to access the PAC, take out books at library, track your meal plan balance, get into your residence room and building, prove your identity when writing final exams, ride on public transit (U-Pass), and attend Huskies home games for free!

2. Download the iUsask and USAFE apps. iUsask provides real-time information on computer lab availability, student grades, dates and events, campus news, class locations, campus webcams and more. USAFE is the university’s safety app, which features emergency contacts, safety tips, personal safety tools, maps and much more.

3. Find direction with academic advising. Every college has an academic advisor and they want to help you!

4. Plan your finances. Estimate your available funding (scholarships, employment, loans, family support, etc.) and costs to determine your budget.

5. Research your education funding options. Consider applying for a continuing bursary (deadline: October 1). Research student loansfinancial awards and student employment.

6. Remember to pick-up/reactivate your U-Pass sticker. Starting August 13, go to the Information Centre in Upper Place Riel to pick up or reactivate your U-Pass sticker for the Fall Term (September-December). Your Fall Term U-Pass sticker becomes functional on September 1 to give you unlimited access to public transit. (Note: Students living in residence can only pick up their U-Pass after they obtain their keys during the move in process.)

7. Apply for a parking spot. If you plan to drive to campus regularly, you can apply for a student parking permit for select lots on or near campus.

8. Apply to live in residence. It’s not just a place to live: It’s a community where students enjoy academic and peer support. 

9. Fuel your studies with a campus meal plan. From three meals a day to just a few meals throughout the year, there are a variety of nutritious and delicious meal plan options.

10. Save the date for Orientation. Orientation for new students is taking place on September 4. Additional welcome activities take place August 30-31. Online registration opens soon. If you’re a returning student, consider volunteering.

11. Purchase (and read) your textbooks! Access your textbook list in the My Textbooks channel in PAWS or on the Shop usask Bookstore website. Wait until the extended textbook return period starts on August 7 before you buy any books, in case you need to change or drop any of your classes.

12. Get involved and build connections! Take advantage of our beautiful and bustling campus life through joining one of our 130 plus campus clubs, attending a game for one of the 15 Huskie athletics teams, visiting one of the seven on-campus art galleries and museums, or exercising in the state-of-the-art Physical Activity Complex.

Visit students.usask.ca for a comprehensive guide to services and programs for all students at the U of S.

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