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Sublet your place this summer and get 100% of your rent back!

| General | April 17, 2015

I had something cool come my way that I’d like to share with you. It might help.. A LOT.

Last week I was approached (through HawkSwap) by a cool startup based out of Montreal whose mission it is to help students sublet their place for the summer. If you take one look at the Laurier Accepted 201x groups, you’ll see one thing: people looking to sublet. And it makes perfect sense – no one wants to pay $2000+ to have their room collect dust over the summer. So we’ve decided to collaborate and help expand their services to Waterloo.

Here’s how it works.

  • You apply to sublet your place. If you get accepted, they will pay you 100% of your rent each month.

This almost sounds too good to be true, but if you take a look at their business model, it makes amazing sense:

  • In each city they operate, they work with their Regional Manager, an interior designer, local artists, and a professional photographer who apply their skills to rearrange your space and improve its look. They store your stuff in a secure facility.
  • Then they make it easy for travelers to discover your place online. Let’s say your rent is $2,000 (for the unit) per month: they might be able to charge $200 a night. Whatever’s left after they pay your rent goes into helping more people benefit from their service.
  • At the end of the summer, they welcome you back to your place better than you left it.

They do have a short application process, and some requirements for it to work:

  1. They only accept full apartments (you can’t just sublet a single room)
  2. They need pictures of the apartment
  3. It needs to be in the right area
  4. The landlord must be OK with subletting
  5. Needs to be within May-August
  6. Needs to be available for at least 8 weeks

A couple last things. They said they’re running a promo where they’ll even give you $100 as a bonus, on top of paying 100% of your rent!

The other thing, is that for this project to be worthwhile, we’ll probably need to get at least 100 applicants. Applications are due April 30th, 2015.

SO, if you’re interested in subletting your place, shoot me an email at sublet@sunnytrochaniak.com and I’ll send you all the details. They expect to get a lot of applicants, so the sooner you apply the better your chances :)

After you’ve emailed me, share this post with anyone else you know who might be subletting their place this summer. You’ll be doing them a favour, as well as help ensure that we can move the project forward and get your place rented out.

Let me know what you guys think!

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Laurier Top 10 Most Inquired About Textbooks – Fall 2014

| General | September 10, 2014

Interested in knowing the top 10 most inquired about textbooks here at Laurier so far this Fall 2014 semester? Here’s the list:

  1. Operations Management – BU385, BU395
  2. Strategic Analysis and Action 8th Edition – BU481
  3. Calculus with Applications – MA129
  4. Geosystems (3rd Canadian Edition) – GG101
  5. Introduction to International Studies and Globalization – GS101
  6. Sociology: A Down to Earth Approach – SY101
  7. Marketing 2nd Canadian Edition – BU352, BU362
  8. Mathematics of Finance, Seventh Edition – MA170
  9. The Law and Business Administration in Canada, 13th Edition – BU231
  10. Psychology: Themes and Variations, Third Canadian Edition – PS101, PS102

If you have any of these books collecting dust on your shelf, it might present itself as an excellent opportunity to make a few extra bucks!

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Have you received your free $1680 Ontario tuition grant yet?

| General | December 13, 2012

Businessman Throwing his Money Around

I’m surprised at how few people actually know about this. But then again I’m not, because it’s not advertised anywhere, and the only reason I heard about it is because I was eavesdropping on a friend’s conversation (I also heard he had Cap’n Crunch cereal for breakfast that morning).

Anyways, if you haven’t heard about it before, you’ve heard about it now. And it is awesome.

Basically, if you meet their eligibility rules, you get 30% off your tuition, for a maximum of $840 a semester and $1680 for the year.

Here are their rules:

  • you’re a full-time student at a public college or university in Ontario
  • you’ve been out of high school for less than four years
  • you’re in a program you can apply to directly from high school (e.g., undergraduate level)
  • you meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • your parents’ gross income (total before taxes) is $160,000 or less.

Really basic stuff.

By the way if you’re getting OSAP, you may have already automatically gotten the grant. Make sure you double-check though.

The nice thing is, the application takes maybe 5-10 min to fill out (and you don’t have to write 5 essays as to how you’re an exceptional achiever in your community). I did mine last semester, and got an $840 cheque in the mail, so I know it’s not just a PR stint.

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Everything you need to know about buying used textbooks at WLU

| General | August 27, 2012

Goes to Buy Textbooks - DIES

Should I buy new or used?

That’s the age-old question that comes across everyone’s mind whenever a new semester is on the horizon. And the truth is, there’s no straight answer to the question.

I remember the feeling, right before I came to Laurier. I wasn’t sure whether I should bring loonies vs. quarters for the laundry machine, let alone whether I should buy my books new or not.

For first years, it’s really a decision that comes down to “do I want to play it safe and buy new?” or “do I want to save money?” The good news is, it is possible to achieve both in many situations.

Here are a couple things to consider:

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  • Sunny Trochaniak

    4th year Laurier business student, diehard Leafs fan, aspiring entrepreneur. Founder of HawkSwap.

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