LIFE/STUDENT/RES HACKS

Life is hard enough already.

The student life is incredibly entertaining, fast-paced, and full of opportunity and reward, but is also undeniably tricky- especially at the beginning. Have no fear! We decided to set you up with a list of some student/residence/Montreal life hacks to facilitate you in getting acquainted with your new city and lifestyle.

 

X2 the Speed

Playback Speed

Come cram time, the only way to get through all of your recorded lectures is by setting the playback time at twice the speed. Thank me later.

 

No Credit Card?

prepaid visa

Visa gift cards can get you free trials online. No apple music subscription? Fix that now!

 

Two words: STUDENT DISCOUNT.

student discount

Take advantage of the various student discount options that pop up around Montreal – Topshop, STM’s Opus card, Roots, Greyhound…. it saves pays to ask if a discount is offered!

 

Kijiji is Your Friend!

Kijiji books and shit

Tickets, textbooks, or anything else your heart desires, almost always comes cheaper via Facebook groups and Kijiji. Not only that, but Facebook groups localized to Montreal will help you with some seriously hard-to-get information (Concordia Book Exchange, Montreal Rave Community, Used Clothes Exchange Mcgill, etc.).

 

For All Those Presentations … 

raising hand

When giving a presentation, set a friend up to ask a question you already know the answer to- ways to impress your Prof 101.

 

Discount Groceries and Markets

Cheap Grocery Stores 

Discount grocery stores- they exists, they’re cheap, they help when you gotta “save dat money”.

Check out this list of cheap grocery stores around Montreal.

 

$5 Food

warehouse

From hot dogs at Montreal Pool Room to a deli sandwich at Super Sandwich, munchie meals for under $5 in Montreal DO exist. My personal favorite? $5 meals at Crescent Street’s Warehouse.

 

Warm Drink?

wet paper

For those times you forget to put your drinks in the fridge, wrap a warm drink in a cold/wet paper towel and place it in the fridge. After allowing it to sit for 15 minutes, it’ll be cool enough to drink thereafter.

 

24h Study Spots

24hr

Come finals, the libraries get crammed- and quick. Second Cup and Cafe Noir are just two of the 24 hour cafes with wifi in Montreal. Keep a good list, because by finals these places will become your saving grace!

 

Scope Out The Steals

dollar cinema

Montreal, as expensive as it can be, is also full of great deals; there’s a place called Dollar Cinema, where admission is as little as $2.50 and snacks go for $1 each, and a thrift store called Eva B with floors and floors of $5 clothes (and a vegetarian terrasse for when your feet get sore). Taking the time to find the discounts can sometimes really pay off- try an app like RetailMeNot or Shopular.

 

Ride Share

Rideshare

If you’re looking to get to another city for the weekend, the cheapest way is via ride share. You can find them on Kijiji, your university or college’s Facebook groups, or ride share apps like Kangaride. Prices are as low as $15 between Ottawa and Montreal, and $30 between Toronto to Montreal. Although a great deal, it’s always suggested to take a ride share with at least one other person if possible, and to use your best judgement when entering someone’s vehicle. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

 

Missing a TV?

tablet attach

If you’re a tablet or Ipad owner, the answer is quite easy! Your recipe simply needs Dollar Store hooks to fasten your tablet to the wall, and voila!, a new TV or second screen for your place.

 

What about a speaker?

phone in glass

Heavy sleeper, or speaker-less? Place a phone or Ipod in a glass cup- it will double as speaker with the glass amplifying the phone’s sound.

 

The Flask Hack

brush flask 2

Need I say more? Also available in cameras, binoculars, and a few other various items.

 

And finally,

fold fitted bed sheet

Because who are we kidding, after at least 17 years of trying to figure this out, we all thought the only possible answer was to crumple it up and throw it in the back of your linen closet.

Easy Dorm Room Hacks At St. Cathy’s Residence

Want to learn some quick and easy dorm room hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time? Here at St. Cathy’s Residence, we have compiled a number of practical and useful dorm room hacks that will turn your ordinary dorm room into a pop culture inspired loft.

Heads Up!

Sleeping without a headboard? No problem. We have you covered! This super easy headboard can be made from stuff you probably have lying around your room. Now you can  free up the mess in your closets by combining two things into one!

 What You Need

  • ·wallpaper or fabric of your choice
  • ·cardboard
  • ·tape
  • ·utility knife
  • ·scissors

How To Do It

Simply draw a pattern of your choice on the cardboard with a pencil or sharpie. Newspaper works well if you want to first make a template to trace onto the cardboard. Once you have the pattern traced out, then simply cut firmly into the cardboard until the pattern is completely cut into. Now after you’ve cut out your headboard, take your tape and start taping down the fabric onto the cardboard. When you start taping around the curved parts (patterns) of the headboard, you can make little snips into the fabric to get it to curve around the headboard. Once your done just simply hang it or tape it behind your bed. Instructions can be found here: http://www.starsforstreetlights.com/2012/09/how-to-make-simple-headboard.html

Room A Little Funky?

Sometimes our rooms can get pretty stuffy especially during the dead of winter when its really cold out. If you keep the windows closed often then you’re not letting fresh air in your room.  If you’re out of candles or fragrances, then simply tape a dryer sheet to the vent in your room. As the air blows through the dryer sheet it will let out a pleasant aroma. This also works well on air conditioners during the summer.

Frame Your Posters Without Putting Holes In The Wall

If you want to make your poster collection look a little more creative and cohesive then try using washi tape as a border. Simply tape around each poster you hang. You can make all different types of abstract shapes and angles around the poster and the best part is the tape is easily removable and doesn’t leave any marks.

Have A Green Thumb?

Add some color and some energy to your room by adding miniature potted plants. This little bit of nature will help your dorm room come to life instead of feeling unbearably sterile. Get a little creative and paint the pot with some acrylic paints or embellish it with some stickers.

Need Some Lighting?

Decorate a mason jar with your favorite type of decorative fabric and place a battery operated tea light candle in the jar. Makes a great lighting fixture for your kitchen table or nightstand. Instructions can be found here: http://fellowfellow.com/sweet-diy-votives/

Keyboard A Bit Wobbly?

Having problems writing your thesis because your keyboard is dancing while you type? Simply use binder clips to fix the broken keyboard feet. Just clamp the binder clips to the bottom of the keyboard where the broken keyboard feet are. Problem solved.

Tea Please!

If you have a mini fridge, you can use empty tea cans to store your pens and pencils. Simply place a small magnet on the inside of the back of the tin!