1. College Night at Cowboys
If you are reading this, are a student in San Antonio, and have not experienced Cowboys Dancehall on a Wednesday night … well, you cannot call yourself a true River City college kid. Get your ass off the couch, shove your feet into those toe-pinching cowboy boots, and get ready to two-step! Minors over 18 pay half-priced admission ($10) while ages 21 and up get in free on regular college night Wednesdays. 3030 NE Loop 410, (210) 646-9378, cowboysdancehall.com.
2. Taco Cabana
May we suggest Taco Cabana for those late night drunchies (drunk munchies) that often accompany an awesome night of partying? Luckily, TC is open late and offers a 20 percent discount to students. Be sure to let them know when ordering that you want the discount. Cool fact: the original fast food restaurant is on the corner of San Pedro and Hildebrand near Trinity University. Tacocabana.com.
3. Chill Out
It’s common knowledge that one of the most popular food items among college students is frozen yogurt. With this in mind, it might be helpful to save a few cents when purchasing said creamy goodness. Although a five percent student discount is not much, it leaves room to save up for … school books or something trivial. Plus, with around 50 choices, Chill Out offers some of the best toppings in town. 4718 Broadway, (210) 832-9019, chilloutsa.com.
4. Mall Lovin’ and Interview-Ready
Because there is nothing more exciting to us college kids than unpaid internships and interviews, we thought it would be beneficial to provide a “mall-guide” for stores that provide student discounts. Time to trade in those Nike shorts for pencil skirts and wool slacks. Ann Taylor offers a 20 percent discount; J.Crew, The Limited, Banana Republic and Ann Taylor Loft all offer a 15 percent student discount; Steve Madden a 10 percent discount. Don’t forget to bring your ID along. Disclaimer: Most of these discounts apply to full-priced items only.
5. Alamo Drafthouse
With the hipster movement in full swing, it has become taboo for anyone under the age of 24 to attend a boring ol’ multiplex to view the latest flick. We can only satisfy our high-waisted-short-wearing quirky selves with an atypical movie experience. Enter, Alamo Drafthouse. Here, you can dine while enjoying a cinematic adventure (and hilarious previews if you get there early enough). After 6 p.m. everyday, the Westlakes, Park North and Stone Oak locations offer students a $7 movie ticket—these cannot be purchased online and you must present a valid student ID. Multiple locations, drafthouse.com.
6. Spurs and Rampage tickets
SpursU offers exclusive deals on Spurs and Rampage tickets for students. If there are any tickets still available at 10 a.m. on game day, there will be a text, tweet and Facebook post sent out (you must subscribe, follow and like in order to receive notifications). These lower level, H-E-B fan zone or standing-room section tickets are sold to students at a much reduced rate, which changes per game. Two hours before tipoff, you must present your college ID at the Northeast AT&T Center box office in order to buy your ticket. There is no guarantee, so get to the box office early. For more information visit nba.com/spurs/tickets/spursu.html.
7. Paciugo Gelato
Described as “smooth, creamy, aromatic” and “rich and silky,” Paciugo is downright delicious. It’s even more delectable when purchased at a 10 percent student discount. Stop by this cute shop for two college essentials—coffee and gelato. 999 E Basse, (210) 832-8820, paciugo.com.
8. Get Your Museum On
If you’re looking to impress your significant other, here’s some crucial advice: Branch out from that God-awful-but-you-think-it’s-romantic Chili’s date and do something different to broaden your horizons. Two of SA’s most notable museums offer discounts. The McNay Art Museum has a $10 admission with student ID. San Antonio Museum of Art is $5 with student ID. McNay Art Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels, (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org; San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones, (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org.
9. San Antonio Symphony
Oh, you weren’t aware of the great cultural benefits your city has to offer? The first step is to put down the Solo cup—yes you heard me, this is not a drill. Set the red cup down, leave that sweaty frat party and call the Symphony ticket office to purchase a seat for the SA Symphony. Through the Student Single Ticket Discount Program, all college students can purchase tickets to any Classics, Pops or Family subscription series concert for half-off. (210) 554-1010.
10. The Raven Hookah Lounge
Dark Victorian with a creepy, steampunk, I-want-to-drink-your-blood vibe, The Raven is a true gem in the hookah bar rough (don’t let the vampire feel faze you). You will encounter an eclectic group of people—college kids, couples, hipsters, intense punks, possible strippers—and a commitment to local entertainment with live DJs, poets and musicians. On Thursday nights a student discount of 20 percent is offered, and on all other days there is a 10 percent discount. Don’t forget to ask for soap bubbles to blow smoke into—a great Instagram moment if you can master it. 1255 SW Loop 410, #133, (210) 673-3650, ravenhookah.com.