With just the flash of a student card, you can score epic discounts. Think cheap feasts, coffee deals and free or discounted entry to some of Melbourne’s most iconic attractions.
Have a cute movie date night, from $7
Most cinemas have dropped cheap Tuesdays and discount tickets all together. But students can score cheap tickets every day of the week at Cinema Nova. See a new release or indie flick for just $16.50. That’s a whopping 26 per cent off full price. Save even more when you visit on Mondays. That’s when all movies are just $7 until 4pm, or $10 in the evening. Meanwhile at Kino Cinema the student tickets go for $12.
Find the cheapest vegetarian eats, from $7.50
Melbourne has no shortage of cheap places to eat, but for students there are even more options to fill up for less. Crossways, run by the Melbourne Hare Krishna Temple, is a go-to for all-you-can eat vegetarian lunches. The concession pricing makes this thrifty meal even cheaper at $7.50. With a student card, you can also score 10 per cent off your feed at pay-by-weight plant-based haven Vegie Tribe.
Explore epic exhibitions without spending a cent, free
Here’s a deal even the brokest students can afford. Melbourne Museum and the Immigration Museum offer free entry for students. Pay a visit to the awe-inspiring Triceratops. Or explore family identities at Fam. Got some spare cash? Score discounted entry to exhibitions like Relics, a must-visit for LEGO-lovers. Then save a few bucks on IMAX screenings.
Visit iconic attractions for less, save up to $5
Want to see incredible globe-trotting art for a bargain price? Head to NGV International, where entry is free and students save $4 on ticketed experiences. Journey underwater to meet colourful ocean critters at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. Concession pricing is $3 less than a standard ticket. Next, make a beeline to Hellenic Museum to learn about Greek life, art and culture, with $5 off for students. Access to ACMI’s interactive film and music exhibits is free everyday. And ticketed experiences at ACMI are always cheaper for students.
Go for late-night coffee and cake, 10% off
Catching a flick at Cinema Nova or burning the midnight oil on a study sesh? Head to Lygon Street's iconic Italian cafe Brunetti Classico for a sweet pick-me-up. Just show your student card to enjoy 10 per cent off all sorts of treats. Perhaps coffee and cannoli. Or a wood-fired pizza enjoyed outside in the sunshine. This restaurant and pasticceria stays open late until 10pm on weekdays and 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights.
Order a coffee and pastry combo, $8
Looking for a quiet place to study? Cosy little cafe Cyrus Art Lounge warmly welcomes students. Hunker down and crack a book surrounded by art in this cafe-meets-gallery. Ordering Cyrus’ student deal is a no-brainer. For $8 you’ll get a hot drink of your choice alongside a filo pastry finger. There’s beef, chicken or cheese and spinach. Plus a roasted veg pastry for the vegans.
Take a spin around the ice rink, from $17.50
On the rare occasions you have downtime, a visit to the ice skating rink is the perfect way to blow off some steam. O’Brien Icehouse knocks $5 off skating sessions for students, that’s a saving of 15 per cent. For even more affordable skating, visit on a cheap Tuesday and take a spin around the ice for just $17.50.
Feast on momos, 10% off
Everyone knows Chinatown’s dumpling joints are some of the best cheap eats in Melbourne. But many Melburnians have been sleeping on momos. At 8848 Momo House students get 10 per cent off all day, every day. You’ll just need to spend over $30 and show your student card. Enjoy traditional Nepalese momos with dipping sauces. Plus a stacked menu of $10 snack plates.
Visit Indonesian at a loaded buffet, 10% off
Take a study break and fuel up at Nelayan, a cheap and cheerful Indonesian restaurant. Show your student ID to take 10 per cent off your feed on weekdays. Order the iconic nasi campur loaded with sides. Then try tender beef rendang and warming meatball soup. And don't leave without trying top-tier Indonesian desserts like fluffy martabak and sweet drinks. This buffet-style restaurant is also halal-friendly.
Last updated on Thu 26 Oct 2023
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