Edmonton...On a Student's Budget - Student Deals

As a student at the University of Alberta, you receive a student I.D. card – the ONEcard, which is included in your student fees. Not only does it have your photo and student number on it, it also gets you access to numerous privileges, uses, and discounts! Here are a few ways you can save exclusively as a student.

1.     Use Your ONEcard


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Your ONEcard not only is your student ID on campus – it is also a form of payment! Once you transfer money onto your ONEcard (various locations and methods of deposit can be found here), you can use it to pay for lunch at certain restaurants, vendors, and machines across campus, from Burrito Libre and Subway in HUB Mall to the Euro Market in Education South to Campus’s Power Plant restaurant and lounge, Dewey’s.

You can also use your ONEcard to pay for textbooks, UAlberta apparel, or campus parking. In addition to these services, your ONEcard also gets you free admission to all regular season Conference Home games for any of the Golden Bears or Pandas’ sports teams.

2.     Rent a Bike

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The UAlberta Students’ Union set up a Bicycle Library in its Sustainability department in 2005. Since then, the “Library” rents bicycles and equipment to any students, staff and faculty. You can choose from a wide selection of bicycles, ranging from mountain bikes to cruisers to road bikes. You can rent on either a monthly, weekly, or daily basis.

The price of rental varies, but for a monthly rental, it costs $20. All rentals, however, require a $60 deposit, which will be returned to you upon returning your bike. You can either pay in cash, or using your ONEcard.

Price: Rentals vary; all rentals require a $60 deposit

3.    Get Discounts For Shopping

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Many companies offer student discounts on purchases with valid enrollment at a Canadian University. Amazon Canada offers students six months of free shipping with Amazon Prime. J. Crew offers a 15% discount to all teachers and university students with a valid ID in store; Banana Republic has the same offer. Goodwill offers 10% off purchases with an ID and Apple sends you home with a free pair of headphones and savings of over $200 when you buy a laptop for school.

4.    2 For 1 Art Memberships

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The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is offering all students who bring in valid student ID 2-for-1 Gallery Memberships until the 30th of September. Memberships must be purchased in person.

Once you and a friend have your new AGA membership cards, you can check out the amazing exhibitions coming to the city throughout the year. Check out the upcoming exhibitions here.

Price: $45 for two people

5.     Save More With a Student Price Card

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TThe Student Price Card (SPC) is available for purchase at various locations on campus, including the Bookstore in SUB. Purchase the card with your student ID and save money when your shop, dine, or travel as a student. This card gives you everything from 10% off purchases at American Apparel to 15% off food at Boston Pizza to 10-15% off services and packaging at UPS.

Tip: Most stores and restaurants that offer discounts with an SPC card will display its orange logo at the cash register or storefront.

Price: $10.00

6.     Buy Used Textbooks

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Some textbooks required for classes can be high in price. The Student’s Union Used Book Registry, located in SUB, allows you to search for pre-owned versions of the books you need. If you find the right title, you can buy that textbook for a greatly reduced price!

The Registry also allows you to advertise your textbooks from previous classes that you no longer need. 

7.     Get a Health and Dental Plan

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The University of Alberta offers a Health and Dental Plan, which includes any health services you might need, including health, dental, vision, and travel. The cost of the Plan is automatically included in your tuition and other fees. You can combine this plan with other health plans you might have, and can customize the coverage offered to better serve you.

More information on the options offered by this medical coverage can be found here or by visiting the Health & Dental Plan Office on the sixth floor of SUB, room 6-14.

Price: $428.65 for full year coverage; the cost is automatically included in student fees

8.    Campus Movie Nights

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Every second Tuesday, the Horowitz Theatre on campus hosts a free movie night. The movies shown are always great flicks, just barely out of theatres themselves. The movie starts at 5:30pm each time, but doors open at 5 to get seats.

The ‘Movie Nights’ page on the Students’ Union website keeps you updated on upcoming shows.

Price: Free




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