How to get the most out of your student discount


Cyrus Norcross

A student uses their Cat Card to enter a building in 2018. The Cat Card can be used to receive discounts at various places.

Jacob Mennuti

Editor’s Note: This story was previously published in August, 2020 and has been updated in July, 2021 with current information.

Let’s face it. We, as college students, are always a bit short on money and in need of a discount. Well did you know that simply being a college student and having your CatCard can actually help you save money? Here’s a list of things and places that can help you nickel and dime your way through college. 


  • The Loft Cinema (3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716)

– $8 movie tickets when you show your CatCard. 

  • Gallagher Theater (Student Union Memorial Center, Main Level)

– Free admission and a small popcorn with a CatCard.

– Visit the UA website for movie schedule.

  • UA Museums 

– Free admission when you show your CatCard at the UA Museum of Art and the Arizona State Museum. Both locations are located on campus. 

  • Biosphere 2 (32540 S Biosphere Rd, Oracle, AZ 85739)

– Biosphere 2 is a science research facility located in Oracle, Arizona. It was originally constructed between 1987 and has been owned by the University of Arizona since 2011.

– Tickets are half price ($10) with a CatCard.

Food and Shopping

  • SafeWay

– Safeway (1940 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719) offer a 5% discount to students with a CatCard.

  • Fry’s Food and Drug (555 E Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705)

– 10% off on Tuesdays with a CatCard.

  • Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches

– $1 delivery within one mile of a store.


  • Cat Tran Shuttles

– Cat Tran campus shuttles are free for UA students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

– Routes cover the Main Campus, Arizona Health Sciences Center, and the USA building downtown.

  • Cat Wheels Bike Sharing Program 

– Check out a bicycle and lock from any UA garage to use for free for 24 hours.

– Register online here

Online Deals

  • Adobe

– Adobe offers Adobe Creative Cloud and all other apps free just for being a student at the UA.

  • Amazon

– Amazon Student gives students Amazon Prime free for the first six months.

– $6.49 a month once the free trial expires.

  • Microsoft

– Free subscription to Microsoft Office 365 with your UA student email.

  • Spotify

– For $4.99 a month, Spotify offers college students Spotify Premium and a monthly Hulu subscription.

– Create an account with your student email or link your preexisting account to receive the offer.

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