Can I get a discount at local businesses as UCF student?

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Boardwalk is student housing located close to UCF and some student discount deals!

On a budget and trying to cut corners every which way possible? As a college student any kind of special, coupon, or discount helps. You've got to spend money on your rent, car insurance, car payment, loans, groceries, gas – it's like it never ends. And even when it seems like all your bills keep piling up, there is definitely a light at the end of your tunnel.

And living in Orlando as a UCF student is the brightest "knight" light yet. The UCF area caters to its students and their pockets. Whether your UCF apartment is just five minutes or 15 minutes away from campus, the surrounding local businesses keep you in mind. From local restaurants to restaurant chains, to even as far as stores at the mall and outlets – getting a discount is a nice bonus while attending school.

Thinking about seeing a movie or a show? Movie theaters like the Regal Cinemas at Waterford Lakes Towne Center offers student ticket prices. Blue Man Group at Universal Studios has a UCF student discount for those wanting to watch this critically acclaimed show. Want to enjoy the local arts scene? The Orlando Museum of Art only charges $7 for college students.

At UCF the Student Government Association Ticket Center you can find specially-priced tickets (with tax included) to several local theme parks and attractions such as: AMC Theatres, Arabian Nights, Busch Gardens, Disney, Regal Cinemas, Sea World, Universal Studios, Islands Of Adventure, and Wet ‘n' Wild. Buying your tickets at the SGA Ticket Center not only saves you money, but saves you time from waiting in those long lines at the theme parks. But just make sure you read the small print! All tickets except for Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure are for sale to ALL UCF students, faculty and staff at the special UCF price with a valid UCF ID. UCF students with valid UCF ID are only allowed to purchase Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure tickets. All tickets can be paid with cash and/or credit card.

Want to shave off a couple bucks from your car insurance? GEICO, State Farm, Esurance, Allstate and Farmers Insurance all offer discounts to students maintaining a certain grade level (usually "B" average). Or what about your phone bill? Sprint and AT&T offer student discounts off of each monthly bill for those attending the qualifying schools. Jiffy Lube gives $10 or 10% off your total bill when you present a valid student ID.

How about when you go shopping? Sam's Club has a collegiate membership program and offers a bonus $15 gift card when you sign up. At the Milennia and Premium Outlets, J. Crew, Ann Taylor and Banana Republic all offer a student discount on your purchases for showing your school ID.

And if you're feeling hungry, don't leave your valid UCF ID card at home! Guaranteed to be near UCF apartments and surrounding area, you won't want to miss out on these deals!

  • Chipotle: Receive a free drink from Chipotle with purchase and ID.
  • Qdoba: Free drink with a Qdoba purchase and valid student ID.
  • Subway: Get 10% off your total Subway purchase with a valid student ID.
  • Burger King: Receive 10% off your total Burger King purchase with a valid student ID.
  • Waffle House: 10% off your total purchase with a valid student ID.
  • Chick-fil-A: Receive a free drink with each Chick-fil-A purchase when you show your valid student ID.
  • McDonald's: 10% off your total McDonald's purchase with a valid student ID.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: 10% off your total Buffalo Wild Wings purchase with a valid student ID.

So living near UCF and attending school definitely has its perks! Just don't pass them up!

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