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Student freebies for food, products, and services may be publicized inside local newspapers or through radio and television stations near universities and colleges. Freebies may be offered directly through a college or through local retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues. In addition to free items, many places also offer student discounts or special sales, saving them dollars off their entertainment, dining, and shopping.


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Offered by Colleges and universities, museums, movie theaters
Types of freebies Health care, gym membership, free product samples
Types of discounts Museum admission, movie admission, sporting event tickets, etc.[1]
Limitations Offers may be available for a limited time only
Coupon required? No, but valid student ID may be required
Author Allison Hughes

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Student Discounts, Freebies, and Special Offers

  • Museum Discounts - Museums throughout the country often have student discount tickets when students present a valid ID at the ticket counter. Savings are typically 10 percent off or $1-$2 off the regular price. Examples of museums offering student discounts include:
    • Carnegie Science Center offers free admission to all students of Chatham College or Carnegie Mellon University. The museum also offers a $2 discount for students of other universities.[2]
    • The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers free admission to all students of New York City public schools, as well as students of Barnard College, Columbia University, Bard Graduate Center, and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. All other students pay $12, a $13 discount.[3]
    • The Art Institute of Chicago offers students a $6 admission discount. They pay only $12 per ticket.[4]
    • The Science Museum of Minnesota offers a $7 discount on admission for students every Friday after 5 p.m. The cost is $6 for museum only. Museum and Omnitheater admission is $12, a savings of $8.[5]
  • Movie Ticket Discounts - Museums often offer discount tickets for students, saving students a few dollars off the regular adult price.
    • Every Thursday at select AMC Theatres, students receive discounted ticket prices when they present their high school or college ID.[6] In addition, some colleges partner with AMC to offer discounted tickets to their students. For example, DePaul University in Chicago offers $6 student tickets, valid 12 days after the movie has been released.[7]
    • Participating Cinemark theaters offer a student discount with a valid student ID.[8]
    • Attraction Discounts - Several attractions offer student pricing, including haunted houses during the month of October. Some state and county fairs also offer discount tickets for students, as do Renaissance Festivals. For example:
    • The Terror Behind the Walls haunted attraction in Philadelphia offers half-price student tickets after 9 p.m. every Sunday night during the attraction's duration. This applies to online ticket purchases only.[9]
    • The Minnesota Renaissance Festival offers college discount day on a select day each year. Students save $10 on admission.[10]
    • The Georgia Renaissance Festival also offers a student day on April 30, 2013. The cost is $9.50 per ticket, a savings of $10.[11] In addition, the festival ends with a free weekend for students age 18 and under.[12]
  • Retail Discounts - Department stores, technology retailers, and clothing chains frequently offer discounts for college students who can show a valid form of ID. Participating companies include:
    • Apple offers college students discounts on computers and software.[13]
    • Students receive a 15 percent discount at Banana Republic.[14]
    • College students receive a 15 percent discount on in-store purchases at J. Crew.[15]
    • Ann Taylor offers students a 20 percent discount on in store purchases with valid student ID.[16]
    • Dell features exclusive discounts and promotions for students each year. Deals may include free Dell gift cards with the purchase of select devices or computers.[17]
    • Radio Shack extends a 10 percent discount to college students who present a valid student ID.[18]
    • Best Buy sends exclusive coupon codes to college students who register on the company website with their current .edu email address. These codes can be redeemed both online and in stores.[19]
  • Restaurant Discounts
    • Dairy Queen offers a variety of discount opportunities for students, including discount cards, affordable student meals, and rewards for scholastic achievement. Achievement awards include free food or free soft serve.[20]
    • Subway offers students a 10 percent discount upon request.[21]
    • Waffle House also offers students a 10 percent discount upon request.[21]
  • Travel Discounts
    • StudentUniverse offers college students a variety of travel discounts once they sign up for a free account. The company also offers Youth Fares for students ages 16-25. Discounts are available for airfare, car rentals, and hotels.[22]
    • iTravelosophy is an international travel company, and offers students discounted airfares to Asia, Europe, The Middle East, and Africa.[23]
  • Ski and Snowboard Discounts - College students receive discounted lift tickets or season passes on skiing and snow-boarding at many resorts including:
    • Whiteface Mountain offers a Student Card, featuring discounts for teens ages 13-19 or college students who are taking at least 12 credits.[24]
    • Gore Mountain offers a Student Card for students ages 13-19 and college kids with 12 or more credits for $79. The card provides the first and sixth ticket free, and all tickets in between at a cost of $39 per ticket.[25]
    • Other ski resorts offering discounts for students include Greek Peak, Bristol Mountain, and Sunday River.

Student Advantage Card

Students can purchase a Student Advantage Card for $20 a year and get access to a variety of student savings.[26] Some of the available discounts include, but are not limited to the following:[27]

  • Travel Discounts - American Airlines, Amtrak, Greyhound
  • Health Discounts -,, Pearle Vision
  • Clothing Discounts - Foot Locker, Armani Exchange, TopShop
  • Technology Discounts - T Mobile, Toshiba, Lenova

Student Discounts from the Apple Store

Student Discounts from the Apple Store


Student Freebies on Campus

Many universities offer student discount programs through their Student Affairs departments. Students have the option to purchase discount tickets to professional sporting events, plays, museums, and ski areas. For example:

  • Harvard University offers discounts through its "Outings and Innings" program that may include discounts of up to 50 percent on Red Sox tickets, Boston Celtics tickets, New England Aquarium tickets, and Boston Museum of Science discounts. Harvard also partners with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority each year to offer an 11 percent discount on transportation on local trains, buses, and the "T." These transportation discounts are offered twice a year in September and December. Discounts are also offered [28] [29]
  • Columbia University in New York City offers undergraduate and graduate students free admission to more than 30 museums throughout the city with the "Passport to New York." In order to get the passport, students must present their student CUID and validation sticker. Free museums include the American Folk Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, The Cloisters, and The Paley Center for Media.[30]
  • Florida State University offers discounted Walt Disney World Theme Park tickets. Students have the option to purchase up to six discounted tickets within a period of 90 days.[31]

Also See: Birthday Freebies, Free Happy Hour, Football Freebies, Foursquare Freebies, Facebook Freebies, Election Day Freebies, Free Dessert Coupons, Free Appetizer Coupons, Free Restaurant Coupons, Free Gift Card Offers


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