As a resident of Saskatoon, you will have a leg up on all the out-of-towners. You will know all the places you like to go and things you like to do. You will probably be starting your first day of university with a few well-established friendships.
However, as one Saskatoon student stated, "My university experience was amazing...but that was not true for my first year. It was a difficult adjustment. Even though I may be from Saskatoon and still have the benefits from living at home, campus is a whole new city in itself."
You will be adjusting to university life in a way that out-of-town students won't, with the benefit (and added complication) of your parents if you don't move out. The transition from being a dependent in your parents' home to being an independent in your parents' home is a tricky one and you will need to be open and communicate with them about what they expect out of you and what you expect out of them, so that you can make allowances for new responsibilities and they can make allowances for new demands on your time.
Tips from other Saskatoon Students
From Students Living at Home
- My friends were always out having fun while I was adjusting to university life and realizing that I must put in a tremendous amount of study time in order to do well in my classes.
- You start to grow apart from your friends since differing priorities get in the way of your social life. The best way to cope with this was make new friends... hands down, this will get you through your 4 + years of school... say Hi to the person next to you in your classes!! They may be in the same degree with you down the line and you may end up to be very good friends.
- You learn to manage your time and for most of us we do spend a lot of time on campus. There are times when my parents don't even see me during the week... this is a big adjustment for both new students and family members.
- Just don't study alone; having study groups makes tough times easier and eases the worry for the parents that you're alone on campus. Encouraging study groups helps ease the stress level and establishes many lasting friendships.
- Becoming involved in the campus community makes you feel like you have an identity on campus - it's an awesome way to meet people too!
- It's beneficial for both you and your parents to establish household rules. It is important to be respectful of your parents' wishes; if they want you to be home at a certain time, be there. Remember that even though you may have grown up in this house, you are an adult, and are expected to act as an adult.
- Just as you need to respect your parents' wishes regarding curfew, car/utility use, and performance of chores, your parents need to respect the work entailed with being a full or part-time university student.
- Many of the issues you may encounter as a university student living at home have to do with common courtesy. If your sister always makes dinner for the family and you know you're going to be on campus late, give her a call and say you won't be able to make it.
- Common courtesy also entails being helpful around the house. You are no longer a child and your parents may or may not have expectations of housework (mine sure do) so it is important to make time in your schedule for chores.
Using Your Hometown to Your Advantage
- You can show people from out of town the perks of Saskatoon.
- You can invite them over for home cooked food during exam time.
- You can help re-assure out-of-province students they made the right choice in coming to the U of S.
- You quickly realize how expensive food is on campus and learn to take leftovers from home...whatever they may be. I usually took an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack (I quickly got over how geeky I felt) OR my mom would make lots of food at once and portion it and freeze it for a quick grab-n-go lunch.