Being a college student means spending a fortune on tuition, text books, room and board. But that student ID can also save you big time on theater tickets, museums, gym memberships, sporting events, even public transportation. Here are just some of the deals that await students in the Twin Cities.
Live Theater – At the Guthrie, students receive $5 off regular priced tickets for any show. However, if you sign up for Guthrie U, the Guthrie's student discount club, using your student email address, you'll receive extra deals sent straight to your inbox. You must present your valid student ID when you pick up your tickets. Guthrie Theater.org.
Movie Theaters – Every Thursday is Student Day at your nearest AMC Movie Theater. Present your valid college, or high school, student ID and you'll get a discount off your movie ticket. The St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis also offers a student discount, every day of the week. Show your valid ID and get $2.50 off your ticket.
Museums – Visit the Science Museum on Fridays after 5 PM and save a ton! With a valid ID, you'll save $7 on museum admission and $8 on the combined museum and Omni Theater ticket price. www.smm.org
Local Gyms – The YMCA typically costs $65 a month for membership fees. However, they offer a student discount for people ages 18 to 25, as long as you are enrolled in a minimum of 10 credits. The price? $150 per quarter, or $50 a month, saving you $15 per month. MATH IS FUN, FOLKS. www.ymcatwincities.org
Sporting Events – If you love the Timberwolves, you're in luck. Every Wednesday home game is College Night, when tickets for college students are only $10. Sales are the day of the game only at the box office, and yes, you need a valid college ID.
Public Transportation – If you are a U of M student, you qualify for the U-Pass. For $97 a semester, your Pass nets you unlimited rides, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. According to the U's website, you can save up to 71% a semester on bus and train fares. The Pass also qualifies you for the Guaranteed Ride Home program through Metro Transit. Log on to the U of M's Parking and Transportation Services site for more details. Normandale College, the University of St. Thomas, and even St. Olaf also offer discounted passes for students riding public transportation.
Final Tip: Don't know if a theater or museum, or even a restaurant offers a student discount? Ask! Call before you go, and don't forget to bring along that all-important valid student ID.