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Image by nikkinoguer, Flickr

Discounts should be well known to students because they can be used at attractions, restaurants, and retail stores. Here is a student discount guide that will have you saving a few dollars at the end of the day.


Royal Ontario Museum (ROM):
The ROM is one of the largest museums in North America and it is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada. It contains many exhibits that are both educational and fun. For full-time university students, general admission is free on Tuesdays. Simply show them your student I.D. card and you’re on your way to digging up some dinosaur bones!

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO):
The AGO is also located in downtown Toronto, Canada. It features a wide array of art collections from around the globe including Europe, Asia, and Africa. General admission to the AGO is free on Wednesday nights between 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm. No student I.D. card is required. Just show up and enjoy!


Subway is a great option for a quick meal between classes or when you are on the go. They offer a variety of submarine sandwiches, salads, and snacks. Present your student I.D. card to receive 10% off your purchase.

Dairy Queen:
If you have a craving for ice cream, Dairy Queen is the place to go to satisfy your sweet tooth. With an exceptional amount of options, you can get anything from a simple ice cream cone to their signature Blizzard treat. Students get 10% off their purchases with their student I.D. card.

Retail Stores

Bulk Barn:
Bulk Barn is great for stocking up on your essential food products such as pasta, flour, and dried herbs. It is also a cheap option for snacks like nuts, candy, and dried fruit. The best thing about Bulk Barn is that students receive 10% off their purchases on Wednesdays with their student I.D. card.

Club Monaco:
Club Monaco should be a go to location for students. They offer fashionable and stylish clothing. Club Monaco offers a 20% discount on full price and sale merchandise. Simply present your student I.D. card and enjoy your savings.

As you can see, this is just a small sample of student discounts for attractions, restaurants, and retail stores. There are hundreds of discounts out there for students. However, many are not advertised. Remember this golden rule: Always ask. Who knows, you could stumble upon an awesome discount!

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Image by Hobbies on a Budget, flickr

One of the best things about attending a post-secondary school is getting that powerful card that you’re going to store in your wallet and cherish. I’m not talking about your credit card – it’s your student ID card. Granting you access to student-only events and discounted admission to various attractions, this card is one of the first things you should research when you’ve decided on your school. It’s the business way of saying “we know you’re probably broke, so here’s a break.” Take advantage and keep as much money in your pocket as you can – you’ll need it in the future, when even coupon cutting doesn’t seem to be enough.

Benefits offered depend on your state/province, your city, and your school itself. Some of the more common ones include:

  • Public transit student rates
  • Discounts to on-campus food locations
  • Local business and restaurant discounts
  • Free or discounted admission to local bars
  • Admission to student-only events

Once you graduate, your school may offer an alumni card that gets you discounts for tickets, stores, restaurants, and sometimes even insurance rates.

On top of your school’s identification card, here are some other ways to get discounts as a student:

Card Cost What You Get
SPC Card (Canada) $9 plus shipping
Available for 1 year
Valid at over 100 locations, most offer 10-15% off clothing, restaurants, hotels, coffee shops & more.
See the full list.
StudentSaver (Canada) Free Discounts range from 10% to 50% for goods and services including restaurants, salons, art classes and more.
This card is available to both full- and part-time students across Canada.
Student Advantage (US) 1 Year + Rebate: $20
2 Year + $10 Rebate: $30
3 Year + $10 Rebate: $40
4 Year + $10 Rebate: $50
plus shipping
Discounts on a ton of brands, including hotels, transportation, clothing and technology.
ISIC (International) $20 plus shipping
Valid for 16 months
Acts as student identification across the globe so you can take advantage of discounts in every country, whether you’re visiting or on exchange.

Don’t forget to shop around too – especially in July and August, stores are full of back to school sales! A quick Google search for “back to school sale” will give you a ton of places to look for discounted laptops and school supplies. Deals for students are plentiful. Take advantage of them while you can!