I highly suggest reading my article here:
if you live in residence you can always purchase your own printer and print directly in your room. This is the cheapest option since purchasing a package of paper and printing on your own isn't expensive, but you need to take into account the cost of purchasing the printer, and the cost for buying cartridges. I would highly recommend purchasing a laser printer because (a) unlike ink jet, laser printers allow you to highlight the print out without smudging - super useful when studying and you want to highlight passages, and (b) the cartridges last much longer and don't cost a fortune. I highly recommend purchasing a BROTHER Laser Printer from a computer store near campus called Tri-Star, located at 901 King Street West, 905-529-1811. While I can't say I've purchased a computer from them, I can say that I've purchased a laser printer from them and they have an amazing deal where you can purchase a brand new BROTHER laser printer for only approx. $80 and it comes with a factory-filled cartridge to get you started. It's an incredible deal because the printer itself is amazing and looks really slick, plus you get a cartridge to start out which prints thousands of pages before needing to be refilled. You can then go to CopyDog and get a new cartridge for a really low price.
I'm telling you... BEST PURCHASE CHOICE EVER.
This lazer printer prints black and white print outs (which is what 99% of reports/essays are at Mac) and lazer means the ink comes out perfect and doesn't smudge (like the printers in the library). Basically you have your own library printer. TriStar had them on sale when I went there for a super cheap $80 AND it came with a HALF FILLED toner cartridge. ONE cartridge prints 1000 pages or more, so already you get 500 pages INCLUDED in the price. That's SUPER good. Let me tell you... the toner cartridge that came with the unit lasted me for my entire third and fourth year at McMaster. Thats hundreds of print outs of essays and assignments for two whole years without needing a refill.
Regular price for these types of printer is $150-200
Then you can go to Copy Dog located downtown in Hamilton to get a very very cheap toner refill which will print 1000-2000 pages. Print outs cost pennies on this thing.
The printer looks like this.... super slick looking and very fast
Not sure if they still have them, but no harm checking! Tri-Star is just a few minutes away from Mac on the bus route.
If anyone goes, let me know if you find one!