By Ruth Olivares
Countless nights of sodium-rich Cup Noodles for dinner, clinging onto hope that purchasing a textbook isn’t necessary and scavenging for events on campus that offer free food to save some dollars is how many college graduates recall their student experience.
College students have many expenses. Among a few are parking passes, tuition and food.
Some businesses understand the financial difficulty students face, and lend a helping hand in the form of student discounts.
Many times, you don’t have to go very far to save money. Dining options on campus have lower prices in comparison to others off campus.
“At Qdoba, Subway and Hibachi San they have price compare that proves their prices are lower than if you were off campus,” third-year hospitality student Madeline Sin said.
While the difference is small, Sin likes knowingshe is paying the lowest price.
With so many costs piling up, college students may find they have little money for entertainment.
But many Pomona businesses are aware it is a college city, and offers student discounts.
Harkins Theater in Chino Hills reduces the price of a movie ticket if you are a college student.
According to the Harkins theater website, student movie tickets are $9with a student ID, compared to without for $11.50.
If a movie ticket is not within your budget, there are more discounted options.
The American Museum of Ceramic Art located in Pomona, grants a discounted admission price of $5 for students with a student ID.
With the same price it costs to buy a boba drink,students can browse clay exhibitions Wednesday through Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Life of a student can be stressful with frequent exams, papers and assignments. Distractions from school stresses are necessary for a healthy balance.
“Students should take advantage of discounts because it’s fun to do something outside of school,” third-year apparel marketing and merchandising student Alejandra Rios said.
Fourth-year civil engineering student and Games Room Etc. attendant Alexandra Kercado believes the games room has many deals worth checking out.
“Why not save money when you’re trying to have fun,” says Kercado.
Unique to the games room, all tickets are sold tax-free.
Amusement park visits do not have to be expensive.
The games room has discounted Six Flags tickets for $55 instead of the gate price of $84.99, and Knott’s Berry Farm tickets for $45 as opposed to the $75.
Students interested in merging dining with entertainment can also find a fitting deal in the games room.
Medieval Times tickets are available for $48 instead of $74.50.
Student discounts are not limited to dining and entertainment. Clothing is also discounted for students.
“I go shopping a lot,” Aleandra Rios said. “At the Covina mall they let you use students dis- counts, which is usually 10 percent off.”
All a student needs is a student email to receive up to 80 percent off on both popular men’s and women’s clothing sites.
“There’s a website called UNiDAYS and you put in your school ID and it gives you discounts for a wide variety of stores,” says Rios.
Primarily used for discounts on clothing sites, the website also sends notifications of discounts on technology, food, beauty, health and fitness via email.
Student discounts linger about and sometimes we just need to look for them.
The next time you are out, remember it never hurts to ask about student discounts.
Ruth Olivares / The Poly Post
Many discounts are available with just a student ID
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