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How to save money and live cheaply as a CSUN student

With yet another increase in tuition, rising book costs, and various other academic fees necessary to receive an education today, students’ wallets are running dry. Luckily, being a student at CSUN comes with some great perks – if students know where to look.

As long as students have a valid student ID card, there are many ways they can save money at places from fast-food joints to amusement parks. Here’s a list of places that honor CSUN discounts, and several other ways to save :

At the AS Ticket Office (located across from Subway on campus), students can present their ID cards and purchase tickets to the following attractions:

Attraction                                                                                  Student Price

Universal Studios (Hollywood, Calif.) $55 (regularly $74.99)
Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, Calif.) $18, $10.50 kids (regularly $24.95, kids $12.95)
Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, Calif.) $27 (regularly $59.99)
Sea World (San Diego, Calif.) $56 for 2-day pass (regularly $69)
Legoland (Carlsbad, Calif.) $54 for 2-day pass (regularly $69)
San Diego Zoo $34.50. $23.50 kids (regularly $37, $27 kids)
San Diego Wild Animal Park $33, $23.50 kids (regularly $37, $27 kids)
Knott’s Berry Farm (Buena Park, Calif.) $31 (regularly $56.99)
Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood $18 (regularly $25)
Pacific & AMC Theaters $7, movies must be two weeks old (regularly $11.50)
Laugh Factory (Hollywood and Long Beach, Calif. locations) 20% off
Metro TAP card $57 per monthly pass (regularly $75/month)

The AS ticket office is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

AS ticket Web site


Local eateries that offer CSUN student discounts:

Location                                                                               Discount (with ID)

Baja Fresh (Reseda/Nordhoff) Free drink
California Chicken Café (Reseda/Nordhoff) Free drink
Emle’s (Reseda/Prairie) 10%
Jersey Mike’s Subs (Tampa/Nordhoff) 10%
Jack In the Box (Reseda/Plummer) 10%
Get Shaved Ice (Reseda/Prairie) 10%
Wrappidup (Lassen/White Oak) 10%
My Hero Subs (Reseda/Plummer) varies
Panda Express (Reseda/Nordhoff) 10%
E’E Caf? (Nordhoff, across from Chipotle) 20% (only offered between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday-Friday)
Pita Pockets (Reseda) 10%
Falafel Palace (Reseda/Prairie) 15-20%


The Brunswick Matador Bowl is a fun hangout place for students to relax and bowl. It doesn’t offer specific discounts with an ID card, but it caters to students with low prices all the time.

(Located at 9118 Balboa Boulevard, CA 91325)

Day                                                      Open bowling                                   Prices

Monday-Friday Open – 6 p.m. $3.99
Sunday-Thursday 6 p.m. – close $4.99
Friday & Saturday 6 p.m. – close $5.49
Saturday & Sunday Open until 6 p.m. $5.49
Shoe rentals $3.99



Retail/location                                                                       Discount/price

Kathouse Inc. Tattoo & Body Piercing

Call 818-341-8766 to schedule an appointment.

Varies; inquire when calling for an appointment
Apple Education Store

(choose “California State University, Northridge” from the school selection)

Varies; click on products to see discount
Matador Bookstore Sells HP, Dell, Mac laptop and desktop computers, plus various software programs for discounted student prices.

Examples include –

Microsoft Office Pro: $109.95 (regularly $539.99)

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3: $89.95 (regularly $299)

Pro Tools 9 Student Edition: $294.98 (regularly $599)

Find more at Matador Bookstore’s software Web site.


Other smart investments for students at any college are “saver cards.” The two most popular and most widely accepted cards are Student Advantage and the International Student Identity Card (which will get students discounts all over the world.)

Card                                                                                Price                          Accepted

Student Advantage Card

(must prove full-time student status)

1 year: $22.50

2 years: $32.50

3 years: $42.50

4 years: $52.50


Present this card to receive savings at thousands of locations, including retail stores, transportation costs, and recurring monthly service charges. Examples include Amtrak, Barnes & Noble, and T-Mobile — see website for full list of discounts.
International Student Identity Card

(must prove full-time student status)

$22/year Great for student travelers and those studying abroad. Valid in 120 countries worldwide, with over 40,000 discounts available on public transportation, lodging, eateries, etc.

*Plus, upon signing up, students get a voucher for 60 free minutes to landlines on Skype.

View Available CSUN discounts in a larger map

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