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The 10 Can’t Miss Student Discounts in Chicago

By Nick Greenhalgh

College students may find it to be tougher to stay within their budgets this school year, as studies have show that the average rent prices in Chicago are on the rise.

According to the Chicago Tribune and the research firm Reis Inc., average rent price has risen to just over $1000 a month, up nearly 2.5 percent since last year. Chicago also has a sales tax rate of 9.75%, which, according to MarketWatch, is one of the highest of any major city in the U.S.

But, not all hope is lost. College students have many great opportunities to access discounts, and it’s as easy as showing a student ID. Each student living in Chicago must know these discounts if they want stay within their budget this school year:


In 2012, Americans spent nearly $1400 on clothing and footwear according to U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. This number is only expected to rise in 2013, but college students can still find discounts at these places:

For the Guys: Eddie Bauer offers a 15% discount on all items in store with valid college ID. This includes any of their clothing, shoes, or outdoor apparel.

For the Gals: Ann Taylor offers a whopping 20% discount with valid ID, which is an incredible discount.


College students rely on technology to get them through the semester, whether it be for school or for pleasure, technology can get pricey. These companies offer a multitude of student discounts that collegians must take advantage of:

Amazon Prime: This 2-Day Shipping service is FREE for college students for the first six months. But be careful, after six months you get charged, so be sure to opt out of the service.

Apple: Apple offers discounts of up to $200 on their laptops, and also offers students a $100 gift card after purchase of a new laptop.

MicrosoftIf you prefer Microsoft to Apple, they offer discounts on laptops, software, and even XBOX’s!


Although it may seem like college is all work and no play, there are many opportunities to explore the city without breaking the bank. From art, to theatre and even to sports these discounts will help spice up the weekend.

Art Institute of ChicagoIn collaboration with the University Partnership Program, Loyola students are granted free membership to the Institute, including all special exhibitions, lectures and programs and even the 2 libraries.

“We want to be the best resource to students in Chicago”, said Stephanie Sokolowski, the Institute’s Assistant Director of Corporate Gifts and Sponsorships. She also encouraged students to look out for the upcoming university sponsored events at the Institute. 

TheatreFor the live performance fan, Broadway in Chicago offers discounts on tickets to select shows throughout the city. If movies are your thing, Regal Cinemas and AMC Theatres offer student discounts certain days of the week.

Blackhawks Student TicketsThe Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks offer a special deal to students, if a game doesn’t sell out. Students have the opportunity to go to the ticket window near the start of the game and purchase discounted tickets.


Holiday season is slowly approaching and travel expenses can be incredibly expensive. With the average cost of a round trip flight at $355, according to Airlines America, college students may find it a struggle to book a flight home for the holidays. These options will help you save money on travel:

Greyhound Bus CompanyFor the local student who travels home by bus, Greyhound offers the Student Advantage Discount Card. After a one-time payment of $20 you save 20 percent on all bus trips.

Sta TravelFor the student who flies home or is just looking to get away, Sta Travel has great discounts on flights, hotels and even sight seeing. This company is designed to help students plan trips and Sta Travel has an office in Chicago as well.

With the cost of living in Chicago being high, students must constantly be on the lookout for discounts. There is one tip you can never go wrong with when it comes to student discounts.

If you are reaching for your wallet, show your student ID as well.

This list only highlights a few of the many incredible discounts Chicago has to offer. So go forth, explore the city and wherever you go, show your student ID.

Here is a one minute guide to student discounts:

Photo by: Andy J Barrow Photography/Flickr


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