Frugality is Always in Style

Student Discounts that Help You Save a Pretty Penny

By Kaelen Pelaia, Staff Writer

We all know that the life of a student can be stressful, and a large portion of that stress comes from the dreaded m-word: money. Between student fees, tuition, groceries, phone bills, and so many other things to pay for, it can be hard to find a little spending money so that you can treat-yo-self once in a while. Fortunately for us, there’s a slew of student discounts from local businesses and international companies that can help save your cash while you progress your studies. All you need is your valid piece of student identification.


1. Technology

Computers are a near-necessity for students in the modern world, and any kind of savings that can be gained in regard to computer hardware and software can mean a world of difference. Luckily, there’s a lot of options for savings. Best Buy has their Student Savings Program which contains exclusive deals for computers, tablets, and software. Dell also offers a similar program for their electronics on their website. Additionally, crucial programs like Adobe Reader and Microsoft office are offered at heavily discounted prices – students can get up to 60% off on certain Adobe packages and Microsoft programs like Word, PowerPoint and Excel are FREE to Lakehead Students. Just go and visit Campus Tech for instructions!

2. Cell Phones

Many cell service providers also have student-oriented plans and offers, which can range from additional data monthly or discounted rates. Rogers, Bell, and Telus all have programs where students can gain an additional 2GB on select plans, on top of additional options for accessories, such as phone cases and Bluetooth accessories.

3. Bus Pass

For those without access to a vehicle, you’re probably aware of the discounted U-Pass offered by Thunder Bay Transit, which every student pays as a part of their student fees. This can be enormously useful for getting around town, and every penny (or in the case of the U-Pass, hundreds of dollars) saved, adds up. You’ll have to get a U-Pass stamp or sticker on your student card in order to verify your use of the service, but that’s about it – the only thing that remains is to make use of it!

4. Outdoor Thrills

For those interested in skiing or snowboarding, one of Thunder Bay’s most popular ski hills, Loch Lomond, offers discounted prices for students over eighteen. You can purchase five tickets for the price of four by showing a valid student I.D. You and your friends can even use this discount as justification for procrastinating on your final assignments.

5. The Student Price Card

If you’re looking for a more all-encompassing tool for obtaining the best deal possible anywhere in Canada, the Student Price Card may be your best bet. For a grand total of ten dollars you can get a yearlong subscription to the SPC service. The SPC will provide you with thousands of discounts and deals at a wide variety of different businesses and restaurants across the country. For example, a SPC holder can get 15% off any food order at any Applebee’s in Canada, or a free Booster Juice smoothie after the purchase of a 710 mL blend. The card can be applied and paid for online and is shipped right to your door free of charge. It’s an efficient and frugal way to save money on a day-to-day basis, and it works across the nation.

There are a lot of ways for students to save, and with these discounts offered locally and across the country, you’ll have a far easier time saving a little extra cash here and there.