I'm about to arrive in Switzerland for my studies! I am very excited to come back and stay for a much longer period this time around. For reference, I will be commuting and traveling mostly around Fribourg and Vaud. I also intend on using both tpf bus and rail. I also have, at best, basic tourist level French which I have arranged to improve with university language classes. (The program I'm pursuing is being taught entirely in English.)
I'm a bit torn as to what I should be getting: either a Frimobil yearly pass or an SBB half-fare travelcard. The Frimobil yearly pass would definitely make getting on and off the tpf rail and buses trivial, as I hear that I would need to buy tickets on either a kiosk on the bus stop or in the train station. That said, the SBB half-fare card does easily pay itself off and I can use it practically anywhere - and I will be going around the country whenever I'm free. It's also around two and a half times cheaper.
So I just wanna know - how troublesome is it to buy individual bus tickets prior to your journey? Would the convenience of the Frimobil pass be worth it? Or am I overthinking it and just getting the SBB demi-tarif would do fine?