From eating to gifting, we show you the deals with your student ID

Photo: Rémi Yuan

Food, clothes, entertainment, travelling—they all come at a cost, and often one you might not be able to afford. On any given day it can be pretty difficult to find cheap things to do, and if it’s even a little fun it’ll definitely cost you. You might rely on a once-in-a-lifetime end of season sale, but there are a handful of ways to save, and all it takes is a flash of your University of Ottawa student ID.


Let’s start on an ordinary Tuesday, when you can get 10 per cent off at many of Ottawa’s grocery stores—like Loblaws on Rideau Street, Hartman’s on Bank Street, and the Real Canadian Superstore on Richmond Road—just for being a student. There’s even a shuttle bus that goes from campus to Loblaws. As well, dry goods shop Bulk Barn offers a 10 per cent discount every Wednesday.

For nights you wish to dine out, The Grand on George Street in the ByWard Market offers a 20 per cent discount when you show your student ID any day of the week.


In university, comfy clothes are a must when you’re pulling all-nighters, going to morning classes, or intensively studying in the library. Roots offers 20 per cent off everything in the store for students on any day of the week with proof of your student ID. Urban Outfitters created an app called Urban On that will send you smartphone notifications when the store is having a random sale or frequent 20 per cent off student sales. If you’re near the end of your studies, you may be starting to think about building your work wardrobe. Though pricey, Club Monaco offers 20 per cent off with your student card.


Once you have some new clothes and a full fridge, it’s time for entertainment. Through the Live Rush program, last-minute tickets to most music, theatre, and dance performances at the National Arts Centre are $12 with proof of your student ID. If you’re feeling impulsive then go for a same-day ticket, otherwise you can still flash your student card and get a ticket for yourself and a friend for 50 per cent off the regular ticket price.


If you thought taking a bus was the one of the more frugal methods of transportation, being at student at U of O makes it even cheaper. Greyhound Canada student discounts entitles you to 25 per cent off ticket fare with the proof of your student ID.