Perks of being a Ryerson student
Davida Ander
Ryersonian Staff
Uploaded on 4/11/2013 5:23:38 PM

Everyone loves freebies. Yet when it comes to saving money on campus, it’s hard to know where the free deals are. The Ryersonian has got you covered. So go ahead, ditch your wallet, and check out some of these hidden gems on Ryerson campus:

Free writing support: Stuck and confused about writing your assignment? Head on over to the Writing Centre for help. Learn how to develop ideas; support your arguments and fix grammatical errors. You can go  to  brainstorm your ideas and go over an outline or a draft,  all with one-on-one help. Tutors will not edit your writing, but they will help improve your paper by advising you about proper writing techniques and styles. Appointments can be booked online through the Writing Centre.

Free legal services: Did you know? Full-time undergraduate students and all graduate students can check in with a lawyer who is on campus twice a week. Half-hour appointments can be booked through the Ryerson Students’ Union’s (RSU) main office.

Free career advising: For those stuck in a career rut, Ryerson’s Career Development and Employment Centre offers students and new grads career services for up to two years after graduation. Appointments can be booked online with counsellors for job search guidance, interview tips, career advising, Curriculum Vitae (CV)/grad school application help, resume/cover letter guidance, LinkedIn profile advising and WhoPlusYou profile advising. After attending a LinkedIn profile advising session, students can book an appointment to get a free professional photo taken for their profile.

Free gym membership, saunas and courts: This is the first school year that Ryerson has included gym memberships in tuition fees, so swiping your OneCard gives you access to the Ryerson Athletic Centre (RAC) and the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) equipment at no further cost.  At the RAC, squash courts can be booked for free up to seven days in advance and ping-pong tables can be used when available. Badminton and squash rackets are also free of charge. There is  a sauna available in both the men’s and women’s change rooms that is open for use during all operating RAC hours. The RAC and MAC also offer a week of free demo classes at the start of each semester.

Free International Student Identity Card: The ISIC card is an internationally-recognized student ID that can be used to get discounts on travel, shopping, technology and museums. Current deals for the ISIC card include: saving 30% on regular priced Dell laptops; getting 25% off Greyhound Canada tickets; and saving 15% on Porter Flights when you book a flight at Travel CUTS. To get your ISIC card on the spot, head to the member services office in the Student Centre lobby.

Free travel consultation: Travel CUTS has a variety of free travel talks on volunteering abroad, saving money and insider advice. Talks are often held on campus and last 30 minutes. Students looking for free travel brochures or general trip consultation can visit Travel CUTS in the basement of the RSU.

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Comments (2)
KIm R. writes:
Roble, you are correct. Even though these services are said to be "free" for us, part of our tuition is attributes to those services. A fee is automatically calculated into our tuition whether we use the services or can we really call it "free"?
Roble Mohamed writes:
Don't students have to pay money to some/most of these services as part of their tuition? How is that free then?
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