The First Month of School - Making a Routine Part 2

clock_zpsea30c858Welcome to the second half of the Making a Routine discussion that will talk about ways which you can make the best of your first month of school by discovering important buildings, looking into financial planning and finding a space that you can designate as your study corner.

Let's kick off this blog post by discussing some of the ways you can become more efficient at navigating York University's campuses.

Take some time to study your class timetables. Follow the steps below if you are unsure of how to obtain a copy of the courses you are enrolled in.

  1. Go to the Current Students page on
  2. Click on the link that reads “View my Timetable” – you will have to login with your Passport York
  3. Hit the grey “Printable Version” button

The blocks on your timetable give you information about what time your classes start, end and what building they are in. If you would like a list of all building abbreviations click on the following site:

I highly recommend that you take a day to visit the York campus you are affiliated with (either Keele or Glendon) and get to know your surroundings. Pick up a campus map from the ACMAPS office at 111 Central Square or you can print out a Keele campus map by clicking down below.

Keele Campus Map

Keele Campus Map

Glendon Campus Map

Glendon Campus Map

Keele Campus

Service Number on Keele Campus Map Address
Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-time Students (ACMAPS) #27 111 Central Square
Career Centre #51 202 McLaughlin College
Counselling and Disabilities Services (CDS) #41 N110 Bennett Centre for Student Services
Learning Commons #25 Second Floor Scott Library
Learning Skills Services (LSS) #41 N110 Bennett Centre for Student Services
Student Academic Advising Services #27 103 Central Square
Writing Centre #28 311 South Ross Building
York Bookstore #24 York Lanes

Glendon Campus

Service Number on Glendon Campus Map Address
Academic Services #9 York Hall C102
Bookstore #6 York Hall Basement
Counselling and Career Services #16 Glendon Hall 111A
Student Financial Services #9 York Hall C138
Writing Centre #7 York Hall A118
It’s a good idea to visit the department website of the program that you are enrolled in and thoroughly read the description of what you can do with what you’re studying as well as identify any of the facilities that they have to help you. You may also want to look up your courses to read a detailed synopsis on what you will be learning throughout the year. The more informed you are the better chance you will have at excelling in your studies.
School expenses can sneak up on you rather quickly. You can avoid being surprised by university fees by mapping out a financial plan for yourself that includes the cost of your tuition, commute (including public transit fare or parking and gas costs if you plan to drive) and textbooks. You want to factor all of these new costs into your everyday living expenses to discover how you should budget your finances.

The Bennett centre for Student Services contains workshops on Financial Planning and Management.

The Bennett Centre for Student Services contains workshops on Financial Planning and Management.

In the Financial Planning: To Get Ready for School booklet there is an expense worksheet on page six. Feel free to use that worksheet as a guide to map out where your finances are going.

Educational funding is also available in the form of scholarships and student grants. Pay close attention to the deadlines when looking at these additional funding methods. All the information about how to apply for scholarships including how to fill out your Student Financial Profile can be found at:

New students can submit application information for extra funding through MyFile once they receive their reference number. Continuing students must go to to fill out the Student Financial Profile for the start of the Fall/Winter term and once again at the beginning of the Summer term. The Student Financial Profile is what you use to apply for scholarships, bursaries and on-campus employment.

If you haven’t applied for an OSAP student loan already please read the The Rap About OSAP post on the ACMAPS blog to find out how you can do so. You can also visit to gather useful information about filling out your OSAP application.


A workspace is anywhere where you can sit down and do your schoolwork comfortably.

You need a space where you feel comfortable sitting down with your schoolwork in order to complete your readings and assignments. It could be a desk in your bedroom, your kitchen table or the coffee table in your living room. The most important thing to remember when selecting this space is that it must be an area where you can concentrate. If you designate a spot for you to do work, you’ll be more productive.

How you set up your workspace is completely up to you. I would say that the fundamentals of any workspace are: a spot where you can rest your books, you’re able to sit down, there is a hard surface to write on or rest a computer and there is suitable lighting.

Hopefully, these pointers can help your first month of school roll by smoothly. As always, if you have any questions leave a comment below or drop by the ACMAPS Facebook page.