How to get the most out of that student discount

It's crazy, but some people will give you cheap or free stuff just for being a college student

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How to get the most out of that student discount

More often than not, the average college student is pretty broke. Luckily, there are several ways you can use your trusty student ID to get some nice discounts when you're out and about.

There's also an iOs app called Party Tutor (created by a UCF grad!) that sends push notifications of new and limited-time discounts for UCF students right to your phone. If you don't want to download yet another app (or you don't have an iPhone), just follow @UCF_PartyTutor on twitter to keep up on all the deals.

College-specific discounts

UCF students should keep an eye on the SGA Ticket Center page, which lists discounted tickets to theme parks, shows and attractions all over town, as well as discounted Lynx bus passes. Rollins students are eligible for the PerksCard network, which offers discounts on gym memberships, movie tickets, travel and dining.

Theme parks

This is one of the bigger benefits of being a college student in Orlando. Disney parks will run you $113 each, Universal (one day, one park) costs $80, Busch Gardens is $66, and Seaworld is $66.


Sport Clips

3402 Technological Ave., 407-730-3444,

A UCF student ID will get you $3 off your cut.

Stop Barber Shop

11917 E. Colonial Drive, 407-249-9611

If you swing by any Tuesday or Wednesday with your UCF or Valencia ID, you'll get a $10 haircut.


Multiple locations,

UCF and Full Sail ID cards mean 10 percent off; sign up to get coupons by mail.

Movie theaters

Student discounts at Regal and AMC theaters can vary from location to location as well as depend on the movie and show time, but tickets generally cost around $10 with a student ID.

Amazon Prime

A surprising number of college students don't know about this one: Any college student with a ".edu" email address can get a free six months of Amazon Prime, which includes a pretty robust TV and movie streaming service along with free two-day shipping for packages. When the six months end, you can re-up your subscription for half off, at a $49/year rate.

Apple, or visit one of the three local stores at the Mall at Millenia, the Florida Mall or the Altamonte Springs Mall)

Students can get discounts on desktop and laptop Macs, iPads and iPhones. Educational pricing is available to college students, students accepted to college and parents buying for college students. At press time, they were throwing in a free pair of wireless Beats headphones with eligible Mac purchases.

Microsoft Office 365

You can get the entire Microsoft Office package for free when you use your student email account. You'll be needing to use Word, Excel and Powerpoint throughout your four years, so this is a steal. However, be aware the offer is only in place for students with Windows PCs or laptops.

STA Travel

This discount student travel agency is like Expedia or Kayak, but just for college students. Search for student discounts and deals on airfare, accommodations and more. Hit this site up before you plan your semester abroad or spring-break vacation.

Cheap drinks

Gilt Nightclub

740 Bennett Road, 407-504-7699,

Thursdays are Recess College Night: free before 11 p.m. and free drinks until midnight for those over 21, and free admission after 11 p.m. for those under 21, plus a $5 bus from UCF. For information on the bus, call or text 954-263-6875.

Southern Nights

375 S. Bumby Ave., 407-412-5039,

For those with college IDs, this popular LGBTQ nightspot charges no cover before midnight on College Night Thursdays.

Cheap eats

Many national chains, like Buffalo Wild Wings, Chipotle, Burger King, Dairy Queen and the like, offer discounts or free items, so it's always worth asking. Here are a few more homegrown restaurants that offer bonuses to students with valid ID.

Barnie's CoffeeKitchen

118 S. Park Ave, Winter Park, 407-629-0042,

Current Rollins College students need only show their Rollins R-Card for 20 percent off their bill (not applicable on beer and wine).

Huey Magoo's

UCF Student Union, 561-846-9200; also 4293 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo, 407-977-0213,

This chicken joint offers 20 percent off all meals on Mondays with a student ID.

Jersey Mike's

3402 Technological Ave., 407-286-1336,

There are multiple locations in Orlando, but this one at the University Shoppes near UCF offers regular-sized subs for $8 and large subs for $12 if you show them your student ID. Other stores in the Orlando area may offer 10 percent off.

Luya Chinese Restaurant

4498 N. Alafaya Trail, 407-243-6630,

Students can get the combination lunch special (offered to the general public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day) all day long. The combo prices range between $5.50 and $7, and include entrée, fried rice, and egg roll or soup.

Pollo Tropical

multiple locations,

Pollo Tropical offers a 10 percent discount on any of their grilled chicken meals to students with ID.

TooJays Deli

715 N. Alafaya Trail, 407-249-9475,

There are multiple locations in Orlando, but we know from experience this one gives students 10 percent off.

Viet Garden

1237 E. Colonial Drive, 407-896-4154

The Mills 50 Vietnamese restaurant offers 15 percent off with a student ID.

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