There used to be this old joke, when you’re off to school, it’s either buy a MacBook, or a regular laptop and a car. Seems like this can now be extended to iPhones now.
So in your local area, what can you find that costs the same as (or less) than a 256GB iPhone X? Pick 3, you know the drill. Listed price should be equal or under US$1149/CA$1529. No lease payments, must be the listed price for the whole car, but taxes, registration can be extra.
My picks -