The Perks of Being a Student

Discounts and Offers

By Devisadaria Duchine-Khauli

When considering tuition, the cost of living, books, and transportation, being a student can be expensive. But don’t despair, collegian, because there are perks to being a student, and the offers listed below are just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re unsure if a company offers discounts, just ask. What’s the worst that can happen? One of the best things that a student can do is to sign up for a Student Advantage Card. The card offers students discounts with businesses they may frequent, such as Footlocker, AMC Theaters,, and Zipcar


AC Transit

I find it surprising that many Berkeley City College Students don’t know that if they’re taking six units or more, they’re entitled to an EasyPass, which is an unlimited AC Transit bus pass. This pass is funded in part through the fees already paid by students and can be used anywhere AC Transit goes. The fall 2016 EasyPass is valid starting August 15th, and is good through January 30th, 2017. The spring 2017 Peralta EasyPass is valid from January 16, 2017 to August 28, 2017. More information regarding the EasyPass can be found on the “student” tab at


Students with a valid student ID can receive 15% off the lowest value or Flexible Fare when they book their travel at least 3 days in advance.


Students with a Student Advantage card can receive 20% off select Greyhound fares or get 40% off package shipping sent through Greyhound Package Express.


The Berkeley Repertory Theatre

2025 Addison St. Berkeley, CA 94710

$10 off of Rush Tickets for students and seniors (age sixty-five and over) with valid ID on tickets in sections A and B one hour before each show, based on availability. These discounted tickets are not available online.

Half price advance tickets are offered to anyone under thirty years of age for most shows. Proof of age is required. Some restrictions apply and are based on availability. These discounts are available online.

Cal Performances

U.C. Berkeley

101 Zellerbach Hall # 4800 Berkeley, CA, 94720-4800

Students other than UC Berkeley students can receive $5 off single ticket prices with a valid student ID at the door. This discount also applies to high school and middle school students with current IDs, as well as children. Special events are excluded.

UC Berkeley students can get 50% off single ticket prices for all Cal Performances events. UCB ID required at the door.

Shotgun Players

1901 Ashby Ave. Berkeley, CA 94703

$5 M.A.D. (Make a Difference) Ticket:

If you are twenty-five years old or younger, you can come to the theater an hour before the show starts and get $5 tickets. These tickets are not available online and can only be purchased with cash. Or, according to the website, you can “Make a reservation online for any Thursday performance and select the MAD ticket when choosing seats.” There are only twenty-five of these tickets and they are available first come, first served, with a valid ID.

Pay-What-You-Can Tickets:

Pay-what-you-can tickets are available during preview performances before opening night. These tickets range from $1 to $100, depending on what you’re able to pay.

Orpheum Theatre

1192 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94102

Rush Tickets are $40, two hours before certain shows, or $25 during the drawings, two and a half hours before certain shows. They can also be bought with an app called Today Tix for $40 + $5 fee if you don’t want to show up two or two and a half hours early. This is open to all. Student discounts are also offered, but in most cases, the Rush tickets are a better deal.



Offers free magazines to everyone in the community through You do not have to be a student to receive this service.

New York Times

Free for students. You can get the New York Times for your entire student term, so if you’re in college for 4 years, then you can get the New York Times for four years. You need to have a valid student e-mail account to receive the subscription.

National Review

Free for students. You can receive a digital copy of the National Review for twelve months. You must have a valid student e-mail account to receive the year’s subscription.



2132 Oxford St. Berkeley, CA 94704

Show student ID for discount. Follow Cinnaholic on Twitter to receive the daily special for $4.


1550 Shattuck Ave (at Cedar St.)
Berkeley, CA 94709

Students and educators can receive a 5% discount on all purchases. They must ask for the discount card from the cashier or at customer service.


AMC Bay Street

5614 Bay St #220, Emeryville, CA 94608

Matinée before 12 p.m. $6.99 and student discount $10.99.

Shattuck Cinemas

2230 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704

Matinée before 6 p.m. and student discount $8.50

The California

2113 Kittredge St. Berkeley, CA 94704

Matinée before 6 p.m. and student discount $8.50

United Artists

2274 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704

Matinee $9.25 before 6 p.m. and Student discount $9.75 after 6 p.m.

The New Parkway

474 24th St. Oakland, CA 94612

General tickets $8, student discount $7 and Wednesdays are pay-what-you-can.



2401 Telegraph Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704

Students receive an 11% discount with a Student ID.

Amoeba Records

2455 Telegraph Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704

Students receive a 10% on used items only, not to be combined with other discounts.

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