One of the best perks of going to college at Boston University — besides, you know, earning a prestigious degree, finding yourself and making friendships that will last a lifetime — is that you have access to countless stores and attractions in Boston that offer student discounts. Happy saving!
Boston Red Sox Games
You read that right — anybody with a valid student ID can get a $9 standing room ticket to a Red Sox game at the world-famous Fenway Park. All you have to do is register beforehand and download the MLB.com Ballpark app to enter the park with no hassle. BU usually offers discounted tickets for a game during the first week of school as a part of the Welcome Week activities too.
Boston Art Scene
Boston is home to some of the best museums in the world, and some are even within walking distance to BU’s campus. Thanks to BU’s membership with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Institute of Contemporary Art and Harvard Art Museums, students can enter these museums for free in addition to receiving discounts in the stores and restaurants. Students can also get a Boston Symphony Orchestra College Card — usually $25 — for free, granting access to more than 20 concerts and open rehearsals.
Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center
Any Boston experience is not complete without a visit to the Skywalk Observatory, located at the top of the Prudential Center. It is widely regarded as having New England’s best view, but the best part is student tickets are only $15.
There are plenty of movie theaters all around Boston that offer discounted tickets for students. For example, the Regal Fenway gives $2.50 off any movie after 4 p.m. and the AMC Loews at the Boston Common has student tickets for $7 on Thursdays, compared to the usual $12.75. Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square and Coolidge Corner Theatre are both hidden gems not too far from campus for those students who are interested in independent or foreign films. They also sometimes have screenings of old movies for special occasions and have discounted student tickets on certain days of the week.
Shopping at Newbury Street and the Prudential Center
BU students don’t have to break the bank to get some cute new clothes for the school year — or maybe just a heavier jacket for the winter. Most stores on Newbury Street, such as Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters, offer student discounts of 10 or 15 percent — just ask the cashier when checking out. At the Prudential Center, most of the clothing and beauty stores offer 10 to 20 percent off an entire purchase, or you can buy discounted tickets for Boston Duck Tours.
These can’t-miss deals aren’t Boston-specific, but will improve your quality of life nonetheless. Amazon offers a free six-month trial of Amazon Prime for students: you just have to sign up using your bu.edu email address and you automatically have access to Prime Video, exclusive Prime deals and free two-day shipping … Just make sure to set an alert for sixth months from when you sign up, or else Amazon will start charging you automatically. Both Spotify and Apple Music offer a student membership for $5 a month, compared to the usual $10 a month. It’s up to you to decide whether commercial-free music is worth the price of a Starbucks latte. In addition, BU students can download the Microsoft Office 365 straight from BU’s Information Services and Technology website.