Get Carded: Where To Go To Get That Student ID Discount

click to enlarge Students pay a discounted rate of $5 at the McNay Art Museum, which stays open late on Thursdays with free admission 4-9 p.m. - Courtesy
Students pay a discounted rate of $5 at the McNay Art Museum, which stays open late on Thursdays with free admission 4-9 p.m.

One of the perks of being in school is the abundance of student discounts — running the gamut from museums and movie tickets to fast-food eateries and even "the world's biggest store." Whether you're shopping for interview clothes on a tight budget or looking to get cultured on the cheap, make your student ID the card you don't leave home without.


At some point, that wardrobe of band T-shirts and Chucks needs to retire as your main attire. As you start to increase your acceptable options for interviews and other grownup activities, snag a 15 percent discount from retailers such as J. Crew, Banana Republic, Madewell and The Limited.


You know those days when you're so busy studying that you forget to eat? Who am I kidding? We all know you stayed up having fun and now you're broke and starving at 2 a.m. Chances are there's either a Carl's Jr. or Taco Cabana near you, right? That student ID will score you 10 to 20 percent off your entire order. Talk about a dealio.

Computers & Software

Trying to stay up to date with new and improved technology but your wallet's awfully light? Companies such as Dell, Apple and Microsoft can help keep you current with special offers just for students. Heed the warning that certain discounts only apply at specific times of the year. Additionally, Adobe offers its entire program base for students for a monthly subscription of $19.99.

Arts & Entertainment

Spending 100 percent of your time studying isn't going to get you anywhere, so finding entertaining activities is a must. Featuring new releases, indie flicks, cult classics andv campy sing-alongs, the Alamo Drafthouse offers student tickets for $8 after 6 p.m. (bonus: you can order dinner from your seat). For theater fans looking to take in a musical, comedy or drama, the Overtime, the Playhouse, the Woodlawn and the Cameo theaters all offer student discounts on tickets. Love sports? If they're still available at 10 a.m. on game day, you'll be able to snap up tickets for Spurs games on the cheap. A fiver will get you in the fan zone and $40 will land you in the lower levels. Shisha enthusiasts can kick back and chill with 10 percent off orders at The Raven Hookah Lounge. If your heart is set on the arts, then browse the galleries of the San Antonio Art Museum, where students pay just $5 to experience works from around the world. Make a weekend of it with visits to the McNay ($5) and the Briscoe Western Art Museum ($8).

Online Shopping

From books to movies and all things under the sun, Amazon Student Prime is pretty much king when it comes to getting student perks. Not only are you reaping the goodness of the Amazon Prime membership but you're also paying half the price. For $49 a year, you'll score access to unlimited streaming of Prime Instant Video, Prime Music and Prime Photos, plus two-day shipping and the ability to borrow from their Kindle Owner's Lending Library. And if you're patient enough to wait a couple extra days for your package to arrive, they'll reward you with credits toward specific purchases.


Don't mind not listening to Taylor Swift? Then take advantage of Spotify's student discount. They cut the rate in half for students with a valid email address, granting them on-demand (and commercial-free) access to millions of tracks.


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