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Here’s Where To Use Your Student Discount In Houston

Students can visit these cultural places in Houston for an affordable price — or even free of charge.

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The Printing Museum offers a student discount for guided tours, which includes hands-on opportunities.

College students make up a decent chunk of Houston's population, with an estimated 315,000 students enrolled in colleges, community colleges and technical and trade schools in the city, according to Houston First.

Its home to 14 higher education institutions, including the University of Houston, Houston Baptist University, the University of St. Thomas and Texas Southern University.

And in this city, there are some benefits that come along with being a college student — one of them is discounts.

If you're looking to entertain yourself and explore the city while on a budget, check out these 11 places where you get cut-rate prices for being a student.

    1. The Museum of Fine Arts Houston: While a general admission ticket costs $19 for adults, college students can get tickets for $12 by showing their ids. If your schedule allows, you can save even more money by going on Thursday, when admission is free for everyone.

      Visitors at the Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
    2. Houston Museum of Natural Science: The Natural Science Museum offers $16 general admission tickets for all college students, while the student discount for special exhibits varies in price. Tickets are free for students at St. Thomas, and everyone else can enjoy free tickets on Thursday from 2 p.m. to closing.
    3. Houston Zoo: Going to the zoo typically costs $23 for adults ages 12 and up, but students can get free admission if they attend any of the following institutions: the University of Houston, Rice University, Texas Southern University and St. Thomas.
    4. Houston Center for Photography: Though technically not a perk only for students, the Center for Photography has free admission to the public. It showcases contemporary photography and also offers photography lessons.

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      The Houston Center for Photography offers free admission.
    5. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston: This museum is also free for everyone, and features international and regional art exhibitions.
    6. Houston Symphony: You can enjoy concerts at Jones Hall by accessing student-rush tickets. They cost $15 and are available Thursday and Friday nights online, in person at the box office or over the phone.
    7. Houston Ballet: Like the symphony, you can attend live ballet performances by getting student-rush tickets for $15. They are accessible 90 minutes before the performance at the box office. However, you must revise the Houston Ballet website to make sure the show you want to attend offers student-rush tickets as not every season performance does.
    8. Alley Theatre: Students can get tickets for non-prime performances (shows that are not on Friday and Saturday evenings or Sunday matinees) for $16 and prime performances for $26 when presenting a college ID or online by using the promo code SCHOOL.
    9. Ensemble Theater: Student discounted tickets are available for $34 for non-musicals and $41 for musicals on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. In addition, prices for Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. are $43 for non-musicals and $50 for musicals. On Sundays at 3 p.m., prices are $40 for non-musicals and $43 for musicals.
    10. The Printing Museum: General admission is $8, but for $10 students with id can go on a guided tour of the museum, which offers a glimpse into the history of print, including hands-on interaction with old printing machines.
    11. Art Car Museum: This unique museum collects cars that have been transformed into art pieces, as well as other vehicle sculptures and paintings made by international and regional artists. It’s free to the public.