Student deals and discounts in Toronto
Student deals in Toronto are plentiful - as one might expect given the milieu of university, college, trade, and vocational students who live, study, and party in the city Restaurants, shops, city attractions, and entertainment centres know you're working on a tight budget as you put yourself through another grueling year of school (today's average OSAP debt hovers around twenty two thousand dollar mark for a four year degree).
Cashing in on discounts is a good way to live a little without feeling that pang of instant regret once the bill comes. Savings are relatively modest, generally in the 10-15%, range, but hey, if you take advantage of every deal possible, you may be able to pay off your OSAP a whole month earlier.
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International Student Identity Card Card
ISIC is the only internationally recognized student ID that lets full-time students take advantage of offers on travel, shopping, museums and more. The card costs $20 and is valid for 16 months. It's useful for discounts on Via Rail, plus hundreds of restaurants and retailers like Play De Record, Papaya Island, Body Shop, The Bike Clinic, and Lou Dawg's.
SPC is a loyalty card exclusively for students 16 and over. It provides discounts (usually 10%-15%) at thousands stores and restaurants across Canada. American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, Booster Juice, and FedEX, are just some of the hundreds in Toronto. For just $11, it's probably a smart move if you're a student with a bit of a shopping addiction.
The post-Secondary Metropass is $108.00 compared to the regular $133.75. Careful though, students must carry their TTC Post-Secondary Photo ID when using their monthly Post-Secondary Student Metropass and present it upon request by TTC staff.
AGO (317 Dundas St West)
Gather some inspiration by exploring the collections at the city's landmark art gallery. With valid ID, full-time students get in for $11, and if "free" is more up your alley, head over Wednesday nights between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St W)
A treasure for the city's film fans (not to mention aspiring film-makers), the Toronto International Film Festival's theatre on King Street is home to some of Toronto's most anticipated movie screenings and exhibitions year-round. Tickets for students are made affordable at only $10.50.
Dance Cave (529 Bloor St W)
Located on the top floor of Lee's Palace, Dance Cave is the go-to bar (and now a music venue) when you are fresh to the city and ready to party with all your new college pals. The drinks are cheap, the dance floor is sweaty, and ending up here tends to become a weekend ritual of the student lifestyle. With student ID, cover is free on Friday and Saturday nights.
Insomnia (563 Bloor St. W)
Insomnia is an Annex staple, known for great food, like tacos, pastas, pizzas, and a generous selection of martinis. DJs entertain on the weekends, making it perfect for relaxing after a hard week of classes. Students receive a 20% off all meals, except during weekend and holiday brunches.
Apple Store (220 Yonge St, 3401 Dufferin St, 218 Yonge St)
Save up to $200 on a new Mac, and up to $20 on a new iPad. Education pricing is available to post-secondary students, students accepted into a post-secondary institution, parents buying for post-secondary students, teachers and staff at all levels.
Arisu Korean & Japanese Restaurant (584 Bloor St W)
Students receive 10% off with a student ID.
Mangiacake Panini Shoppe (160 McCaul St.)
Students get a 10% discount at this Italian cafe in Baldwin Village.
The Annex HodgePodge (258 Dupont St)
Students receive 10% discount.
Fika Cafe (28 Kensington Ave.)
Show your student ID and get 15% off.
Fresh (326 Bloor St. W)
Students get 15% off with proper ID.
Students receive a discount of 10% off with valid ID.
Students receive 10% off purchase.
Future Bakery (483 Bloor St. W)
$5 breakfasts before 11am, Monday through Friday.
Salad King (340 Yonge St.)
Student ID gets you 10% off between 2pm and 5 pm.
Art Square Cafe (334 Dundas St. W)
The first 10 OCAD students get free coffee each morning. After that it's 13% off with a student card.
Orange Alert (298 Dundas St. W)
10% off with student ID.
Golden Griddle Restaurant (45 Carlton St, 180 Eglinton Ave E)
Students receive 10% off with a student ID.
St. Louis Bar & Grill (376 Bloor Street)
Get $5 off any hot menu item, or 20% off food.
Hard Rock Cafe (279 Yonge Street)
Hard Rock Cafe locations worldwide offer a 10% discount for students with valid ISIC.
Above Ground Art Supplies (74 McCaul St, 2868 Dundas St. W, 1842 Queen St. E)
Students receive a 10% discount on regular-priced supplies.
Curry's Art Stores (283 Dundas St. W, 490 Yonge St., 1153 Queen St. W)
Offers 10% discount on regular items.
DeSerres (130 Spadina Ave.)
Students receive a 10% discount off regular-priced items with student ID.
Sign up for a free Campus Club card for discount plus $10 off after every $100 spent.
Gwartzman's Art Supplies (448 Spadina Ave.)
Offers 10% discount off all regular- and sale-priced items with student ID.
Midoco Art & Office Supplies Inc. (555 Bloor St. West, 1964 Queen St. East)
Offers 10% discount off regular-priced art supplies only.
Toose Art Supplies (229 College St.)
Offers 15% discount off regular- and sale-priced merchandise
Solutions - Your Organized Living Store (2329 Yonge St)
Offers 20% off one item, 10% off your purchase.
Urbane Cyclist (180 John St.)
Offers a 10% off parts and accessories.
Henry's Cameras (119 Church St.)
Offers 10% off select items.
The Fashion District (553 Queen St. W)
Offers a 10% discount.
Lavish & Squalor (253 Queen St. West)
No tax upon presentation of valid OCAD U student ID.
Topshop and Topman (176 Yonge Street inside The Bay)
Students receive 10% off Topshop product with any valid student card.
Mara Dancewear and Clothing (2189 Queen St. East)
Offers a 20% discount.
Club Monaco (157 Bloor St W, 2610 Yonge St)
Show your student ID to save 15% to 20% at Club Monaco store locations.
Umbra Store (165 John Street)
George Brown and OCAD U students receive 20% discount on all regular priced items.
4 Seasuns Tanning (587A Yonge St)
Students get a free tanning session, 200 minutes for $52, or 30% off on any package or a single tan.
Students receive 10% off on Wednesdays with valid ID.
Onyx Barbershop (219A Yonge Street)
Full cut and line up for customers between 18 and 25 years old.
Get a GO approved Student ID card through GO Transit or at your school, then pick up a re-loadable PRESTO card wherever you buy GO tickets. Set up your PRESTO card for Student Fares to save at least 17%. Always travel with GO-issued student ID.
Zipcar has partnered with many schools to offer discounted membership rates to students. Search for your school on Zipcar's website and register with your school email address. Sign up rates are usually $20 for students.
A student ID will save you 10%, and an ISIC card will save you 25% on a regular adult fare.
With an ISIC card, you can get the Via Rail 20/20 discount card, which means for $20 you can save up to 20% on Economy fares and 10% on Escape fares.
Centre Island (Catch ferry at 9 Queens Quay W)
Get the natural Toronto experience, and enjoy the Instagram-worthy view of the Toronto skyline. If you're under 19, the ferry ride is $4.50 with a student ID. Admission to the Island is free.
Toronto Symphony Orchestra (212 King St W)
Classical music makes you smarter, right? Student status aside, as long as you're between 15 and 35, you can get TSO tickets for as little as $16.
Canadian Opera Company (145 Queen St W)
If you're under the age of 30, you can buy opera tickets for only $22 (or if you want the best available seats, $35). While wearing sweatpants on campus might be socially acceptable (is it though?), try to make yourself a little more presentable for an evening of soaring music and spectacular visuals at one of Toronto's most beautiful buildings.
Rainbow Cinemas (20 Carlton Street at Yonge)
Who doesn't want to skip class and go see a good movie? Students tickets are $7.00 at this theatre located right by College Subway station.
ROM (100 Queen's Park)
The perfect place for dating. Carbon dating, that is. Get lost in the endless displays of natural history and world cultures. Students get in for $14.50 any day of the week. On Tuesdays, admission is free with a student ID.
Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Road)
Spend an afternoon wandering through the hundreds of interactive and passive exhibits at the Ontario Science Centre. Geology, natural sciences, astronomy, music, technology, human anatomy, oh my! Students with valid ID pay $16 for hours of pure educational bliss.
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor St W)
No discounts are offered on single movie passes, but their Friend of the Cinema Membership is $28 for students, which gets you discounted tickets, free popcorn, exclusive member-only screenings and more.
Toronto Zoo (2000 Meadowvale Rd)
Unfortunately there is no discount for a day pass, but show your student ID and get $25 off a year membership and $40 off a two year membership.
Museum of Inuit Art (207 Queen's Quay West)
The Museum of Inuit Art is southern Canada's only museum devoted exclusively to art made by Inuit. Their beautiful layout displays art in beading, basketmaking, ceramics, and much more as new exhibits always coming to the gallery. Students get in for $3.
Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor St W)
The Museum celebrates the style and function of footwear in four galleries. Displays include Chinese bound foot shoes, ancient Egyptian sandals, chestnut-crushing clogs, fabulous platforms and even a collection of 20th-century celebrity shoes. Students with ID get in for $8, or come on a Thursday between 5pm and 8pm when admission is PWYC ($5 suggested donation).
Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Ave)
The only museum in Canada exclusively devoted to the collection, exhibition, and documentation of textiles from around the world. Their collection spans work from over 200 regions, displaying 12,000 objects including traditional fabrics, garments, carpets and related artifacts such as beadwork and basketry. Students pay $6.
Know of any other student deals, discounts, or city-hacks? Let us know in the comments.
Hector Vasquez at Salad King
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