Classes and reading, or “what happened to all my money?!”
Classes have started to take on a form of regularity now (post-Labor day week), and all my classes, at least, are thus far both interesting and engaging. Bought my textbooks two days ago, and have started, with some trepidation, to approach the content contained therein.
On that note: Textbooks in Canada are expensive. While Sweden is somewhat cheap (for once) when it comes to textbooks, I know that a lot of people coming in from other countries would, just like me, find that the books are expensive here. For the mandatory textbook for five different classes, I have paid 660 Canadian dollars total, equaling about €480 or US$640. It should be noted that while psychology textbooks (which is what I got) are by no means known for being incredibly cheap, neither are they known for being terribly expensive. Woe betide he/she who should desire to purchase law or business textbooks new. 250 Canadian dollars PER BOOK is not an impossibility when dealing with law books.
That said, there are ways to save a lot of money. While you may not want to purchase your books before classes start (or even during the first week) to spare yourself the agony of having purchased expensive books for a class you may decide to drop, it’s a good idea to try to find used books via, for example, Amazon or Craigslist. There are also two stores on campus that sell used books, but the line for the first 10 days of classes was about an hour or more long, and there’s a great deal of competition to get those (not always) low-priced books.
If you’re going to start studying, keep in mind also that while used textbooks can be a great way to save money, they may not always be the exact one you need. Make sure that the edition you’re purchasing is the same as the one that will be used in your class. In some cases, an older edition may be acceptable, but the norm is that they are NOT. So save yourself both time, money and energy, and make sure you buy the right edition.
Remember: Every dollar you save on textbooks is a dollar you can use for other, more entertaining pursuits… like a Billy (cocktail-ish creation) at the Ram in the Rye (Ryerson’s resident student pub), or at some other non-scholarly pursuit. Sound like a good time? You bet it is. Sometime in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be covering some of the “recreational” activites that exist on and around Ryerson campus, so be sure to stay tuned.
Until then, journey safe, and maple on.