Student Speak

Summer employment opportunities for international students

Posted by Rilita Theodora on March 13, 2019 at 9:16 AM

You're probably going to want to do your best in your studies at university, but it’s not the only thing that employers will look for. One of the most important questions they might ask is “What can you do for us?” That’s the paradox. We should have various kinds of experience to get a job, but we need a job to get that experience. Then how can we gain the experience?

Well, our university is more than happy to assist all of us in building our career path. Other than volunteering and participating in clubs or societies on campus, we can also get paid work on campus!

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Topics: Student Life, Finance and Money, international student

Why you should consider completing an internship

Posted by Kait Nienhuis on March 12, 2019 at 9:08 AM

As a student, there are many opportunities to develop academically, personally and professionally. One of the most beneficial opportunities available to students is the chance to participate in a practicum program–otherwise known as a placement or internship.

I’m currently in the middle of a great internship myself so I’m here to tell you why a placement might be worth considering.

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Topics: Student Life, Finance and Money, Placements, Internships

Cheap parking guide for the downtown campus location

Posted by Cate McPhee on January 31, 2019 at 9:03 AM

As a future student, you probably haven't given much thought to the thrilling topic of parking. However, if you're planning on driving to a lot of your classes, you'll quickly learn that parking can be an expensive addition to your education.

That's why it's important to do research and find some deals on where to park for cheaper.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology works with the city of Oshawa to use the downtown parkade with the purchase of a parking pass. However, the parkade tends to be quite busy and can be a bit pricey.

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Topics: student spending, Finance and Money

Tips on Adjusting to university life as an international student

Posted by Chikodili Odinakachukwu on January 28, 2019 at 9:06 AM

You are here now so be prepared to live the life! But first off, congratulations and welcome– you made it to university. Some may call it the beginning of adulthood but I call it ‘the phase’–because you still get to have so much fun but in there, somewhere, there are ‘responsibilities.’ So buckle up and prepare for the new life ahead.


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Topics: Academic, Local News and Culture, Student Life, Fun Facts, Ask Hunter, Go Global, student l, finances, student spending, Finance and Money, part-time education, study abroad, international student, Travel

10 Tips for Grocery Shopping as a Student

Posted by Katrina Villeneuve on January 17, 2019 at 9:04 AM

As a student you will notice two things: your budget is relatively small and your food intake is forever increasing (who knew studying could make you so hungry). 

Now, this may seem like a post-secondary issue where you are likely amounting debt, but listen up high school friends because this relates to you as well.

If you did manage to go out and get a part-time job during your school years, it likely isn’t paying as much as those A-List celebrities get. Whether you have student debt or not it is never too early to build better money management skills! 

Check out the tips below for advice on how to shop for groceries as a future post-secondary student.

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Topics: Student Life, Finance and Money

Six holiday gift ideas for when you're on a budget

Posted by Disha Melwani on November 29, 2018 at 9:06 AM

As the holiday season approaches, this is the time of year where, as a future student, you'll be focused on your final projects, exams, family plans and of course holiday shopping. 

As you plan for your life as a university student, familiarizing yourself with budgeting and affordable options is important.

Shopping during the holiday season can be really tough on students, especially if you’re looking for affordable options. To help out, I came up with six different present ideas for anyone on a budget to help.

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Topics: Finance and Money

How to cope with the cost of university

Posted by Cate McPhee on November 22, 2018 at 9:02 AM


Let's be clear: university does not have to put you into debt or bankruptcy. There are plenty of students who are struggling, you are not alone. Lots of people struggle financially because university is expensive. However, remember it will be so worth it in the end.

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Topics: Student Life, Finance and Money

Financing Your Education Information Night

Posted by Candice Krull on October 29, 2018 at 9:09 AM

Hello everyone! My name is Candice. Even though I now work in the Office of the Registrar after completing my degree here at the university, I still remember feeling overwhelmed and more than a little lost when I saw my total tuition costs for year one. I always knew that university was going to be expensive, but seeing that number staring me in the face made it real.

“Where am I going to find $10,000 for tuition? And then there’s books, and supplies, and I’m sure I’ll need some spending money too. Can I handle a part time job as well as transitioning to university?” These were just a few of the many thoughts running through my mind.

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Topics: Finance and Money

Your guide to the summer job hunt

Posted by Emily Rowsell on April 11, 2018 at 9:08 AM

Congratulations! You are a few months away from completing your first or another year of university here at UOIT and we could not be more proud and happy for you! Looking for something to do this summer to add to your resume or save some money for school next year? Not sure where to start looking or what to look for? Well you've come to the right place! It's never too early to start searching for a position for the summer season! Let's take a look first at what kind of options you have:

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Topics: finances, student spending, Finance and Money

5 financial lessons every student learns

Posted by Emily Rowsell on March 2, 2018 at 10:35 AM
As a student there are a lot of hard financial lessons we have to learn; from one brazen and at one point broke student (due to too much spending on clothes I did not need) to another - here are some of those lessons that you could maybe learn from!
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Topics: Student Life, Finance and Money