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How to take maximum advantage of your student discounts in Orlando

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College shouldn't be a financially crippling experience (during or just after graduation). Luckily, the plight of the cash-strapped young adult has not gone unheard. There are a plethora of discounts specifically for students around Orlando that should help keep a few extra bucks in your pocket to splurge on avocado toast. You can use an iOS app called Party Tutor to keep track of limited-time promotions and discounts available to UCF students. Take advantage of some of these cool student discounts and get the most bang for your buck.

College-specific discounts

Some colleges have specific perks for their students – for instance, Rollins students are eligible for the PerksCard network, which offers discounts on gym memberships, movie tickets, travel and dining. UCF students can pick up tickets to theme parks, local shows, and tourist attractions at the SGA Ticket Center on campus, as well as discounted Lynx bus passes.

Theme Parks

UCF-discounted tickets for Disney parks can run the range of $70 to $100, while Universal (one day, one park) costs $100. Busch Gardens is a $66 ticket price and SeaWorld is $65.

Adobe

adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/ students.html

Adobe Creative Cloud has a slew of products available online which are discounted up to 60 percent for students.

Amazon

amazon.com/prime

Even receiving packages or catching up on your favorite show has a student discount tied to it. Any college student with a ".edu" email address can get a free six months of Amazon Prime, including streaming service and free two-day shipping for packages. When the six months end, the discounts keep going as you can continue your subscription for half off, at $49 per year.

Apple

Apple offers student discounts on a host of products, from desktop Macs to laptop Macbooks, iPads and iPhones. Educational pricing is available to college students, students accepted to college and parents buying for college students.

Microsoft Office 365

microsoftstore.com/education

You can get the entire Microsoft Office package for free when you use your student email account. You'll be needing to use Word, Excel and Powerpoint throughout your four years, so this is a steal. However, be aware the offer is only in place for students with Windows PCs or laptops.

Movie theaters

Student discounts at Regal and AMC theaters can vary from location to location as well as depend on the movie and show time, but tickets generally cost around $10 with a student ID.

Aloma Cinema Grill

2155 Aloma Ave, Winter Park, alomacinemaandgrill.com

While the selection is limited to two or three movies at a time, with a student ID, tickets are only $5.50.

Enzian Theater

1300 S. Orlando Ave, Maitland, enzian.org

Student tickets at Orlando's arthouse cinema, recently named the coolest in the state by Cosmopolitan, are only $9.

Buying in bulk

Bulk Nation

2752 E. Colonial Drive, bulknationusa.com

On Tuesdays, students get 10 percent off their purchases at Bulk Nation.

Laugh it up

SAK Comedy Lab

29 S. Orange Ave, sakcomedylab.com

Students can get in and get some laughs for $5 with a student ID on Thursdays at 8 p.m.

Cheap eats

Several fast-food chains, including Chipotle and Chick-fil-A, offer free drinks with the purchase of a meal provided you're packing that student ID, so always be sure to ask.

Luya Chinese Restaurant

4498 N. Alafaya Trail, luyahealthychinesefood.com

With a student ID, UCF students can order from the lunch specials menu at any time.

BurgerFi

538 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, burgerfi.com

Rollins student can get discounted burgers, shakes and fries a short walk from campus when they bring their student ID.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers

Multiple locations, mellowmushroom.com

All students at any location in Orlando receive 20 percent off when they dine in and show their student IDs.

Pollo Tropical

Multiple locations, pollotropical.com

Pollo Tropical offers a 10 percent discount on any of their grilled chicken meals to students with ID.

Discounted threads

Banana Republic

Multiple locations, bananarepublic.com

Get that fresh new look while keeping some money in the bank at Banana Republic because students get 15 percent off purchases when they have their student ID.

Etoile Boutique

2424 E. Robinson St., etoileboutique.com

Get 10 percent off all purchases when you're rockin' that student ID.

Express

Multiple locations, express.com

Get in the fast lane to saving some cash at Express when you bring your student ID – get 15 percent off your purchases in store or online.

Levi's

levi.com

Levi's gives a discount to online shoppers who register with UNiDAYS, a savings network for student discounts. Get 25 percent off new jeans when ordering online.

Haircuts

Sport Clips

3402 Technological Ave., haircut menuniversityshoppesorlandofl.com

A UCF student ID will get you $3 off your cut.

Stop Barber Shop

11917 E. Colonial Drive

If you swing by any Tuesday or Wednesday with your UCF or Valencia ID, you'll get a $10 haircut.

Supercuts

4498 N. Alafaya Trail, supercuts.com

UCF and Full Sail ID cards mean 10 percent off at this location.

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