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As broke college students, we are always on the lookout for free things. If it isn’t free, well, the next best alternative is discounts. So here is a list of ten things you can get for cheaper if you’re a student at UC Irvine!

1. Regal Premiere Tickets

As college students, we rarely have time to watch movies all the time in theaters. But when we do, it’s definitely important to get cheaper tickets so our wallets don’t feel as bad. Luckily, Regal Cinemas (there’s one at University Town Center) cuts down the price to $10 for a premiere ticket, rather than $13.50. After all, that extra money could probably buy you a small popcorn!

2. AMC Black Tickets

Just like the Regal Premiere tickets, the AMC Black ticket is unrestricted, so feel free to watch all that your heart desires. However, as AMC is a generally more popular brand, it costs $11. But as a student, you won’t ever have to pay full price for a movie again, so that’s a steal nonetheless.

3. Universal Studios Hollywood

If movies aren’t for you, UC Irvine offers significantly discounted tickets for amusement parks like Universal Studios. With the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I recommend taking advantage of the single day passes starting at $89. Also, the 9-month pass is only $10 more for a California Resident!

4. Knott’s Berry Farm

The first time I came here as a kid, I really hated it. But now that I’m older and more broke, I enjoy it a lot more as an alternative to Disneyland. A single day ticket is only $47 for UCI students, as opposed to $75! Silver Bullet, anyone?

5. Six Flags Magic Mountain

Alright, no amusement park can compare to Disneyland, but they have stopped offering UCI students discounts (which I don’t understand because we are so close). Anyway, you can fulfill all your roller coaster needs at Six Flags for $52, which is like less than half a Disney ticket. Even though the rides here are too intense for me, I appreciate the discount.

6. Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific

If amusement parks aren’t for you, how about various sea creatures? The aquarium is always a fun place to go regardless of how old you are, so pick up an adult ticket for only $29.95 ($17.95 for children) and go pet all the stingrays you want. In fact, I think I want to go soon to de-stress myself from the burdens of school.

7. See’s Candies

I feel like it’s pretty considerate that See’s Candies offers student discounts because it’s like they understand our late night chocolate cravings. You can purchase one pound’s worth of chocolate gift voucher (with no transaction fee) for $19.30! Maybe one pound isn’t enough, and two or three will suffice.

8. San Diego Zoo

I loved going to zoos as a child, and still love it now. San Diego is a slightly far drive from campus, but that’s just a reason to get some awesome tacos while you’re there. A single day ticket is $52 for adults, which is still pretty pricy, but animals!!! I’d choose here over Six Flags any day.

9. Veggie Grill

So while there are numerous restaurants that offer student discounts, a relatively healthy place is Veggie Grill, which is right by the University Town Center. You get a free drink with an entrée purchase of $6.50 or more, which is a pretty good deal to me. Perfect if you want to get away from the dining halls food.

10. Big Bear Mountain/Snow Summit

Winter is not yet over, so now’s the ideal time to go to Big Bear and experience all the snow has to offer. An all day pass at both of these mountains is $84 during peak season and $69 for off-peak. I’ve never been here before, but I definitely want to next winter.


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