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One of the many reasons I love being back in school is that you get to enjoy free or discounted things! I mean, adulting and paying for things is not much fun. As an NYU student, I get access to tons of events and institutions around NYC that allows me to live my life without breaking the bank.

Here's some perks you can enjoy as an NYU student, to name a few:

NJ Transit Discount

As a student living in New Jersey, taking the New Jersey Transit can add up! Luckily, we get quite a substantial discounts for taking the train. However, the trains do have their own "schedule" so plan ahead and leave early!

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Most restaurants around the NYU campus offer discounts to NYU students. My personal favorite is Vapiano, an Italian eatery on University Place. Most of you reading this would be quite surprised as you may have already eaten there and didn’t think to ask about student discount. All you need to do is flash your NYU ID to save money and eat all the pasta you want!

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My favorite hobby! Going to the cinema is just one of those things I enjoy doing mainly because I love cinema popcorn! AMC Theatres offer special discounted tickets for students every Thursday (but check with your local AMC for pricing). Additionally, you can get discounted movie ticket vouchers for Regal and AMC theaters through NYU's online Ticket Central portal or the box office at the Skirball Center for Performing Arts.


Whether you prefer to be subscribed to Amazon Prime, iTunes or Spotify, students can always find a discount for music streaming services. You can get a free six-month trial from Amazon Prime, which offers free two-day shipping on all of Amazon’s items, and a $10 credit when you refer a friend. Additionally, for $4.99 monthly, you can get an iTunes Apple Music subscription. Lastly, Spotify offers a Premium subscription for students with Hulu & Showtime included for $4.99 a month.


NYU has agreements with different museums around NYC that allows NYU students free admission! A list of these institutions can be foudn here.

Mobile Apps

Asides from just using your student ID, when you go out download apps like UNiDAYS and Student Beans to get more in-store and online discounts with your NYU email address.

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Being a grad student can be hard, but it also comes with great perks. As a university "without walls," NYU definitely encourages students to explore NYC as much as possible even while on a budget. While I won't miss studying for finals or writing research papers, I'll definitely miss these student discounts after I graduate!