Besides showcasing an unflattering photo of yourself, your student card can get you discounts at many places outside of campus. To take advantage of its benefits, simply present your student card to the vendor and bask in the glory that is discounted goodness.
The following is a list of popular undergrad hangouts that accept Ryerson student cards:
(Above Lee’s Palace)
529 Bloor Street West
For years, the Dance Cave has been the place for rockers, punks and indie folk alike to set aside their musical differences and get dirty on the dance floor. Situated above Lee’s Palace, this dungy hangout nixes the $6 cover charge for students who present their ID cards at the door. Open Monday and Tuesday, and Thursday to Sunday nights. Joe 250 Richmond Street West 416-971-6563 www.joeonline.ca Top 40, hip hop and house music have never sounded so sweet when students pay only $5 at Joe’s door. Formerly known as Whiskey Saigon, Joe accommodates strapped-for-cash students who want to break it down without breaking their wallets. The club features three levels of dance floors, cheap drinks and a rooftop patio, making it the perfect place to lounge or let loose with friends.
Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Phoenix Concert Theatre
410 Sherbourne Street
Mixology Fridays are free for all students (and ladies) before 11 p.m. The blend of 80s, 90s and Top 40 blasting from the speakers attracts a diverse audience, including glitzy club-goers and tattered rock n’ rollers.
335 Yonge Street
Conveniently located on Ryerson’s campus, nestled near the bustling Yonge & Dundas intersection, this popular and affordable Thai eatery satisfies students’ stomachs in between lectures, study sessions and extra curricular activities. Take a seat in its cafeteria-style setting, and Salad King will serve you a variety of dishes, catering to many diets, including vegetarians and those with an astronomical tolerance for hot spices. Try the soft shell cold rolls during student discount hours, from 2-5 p.m.
Open Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday noon to 9:15 p.m.
565 Yonge Street
Hands down, it’s the best pita joint in the city. Students get 10 per cent off generous, healthy pitas or sandwiches overflowing with fillings of meat and vegetables. Add in a variety of flavours including garlic, coriander, tahini or hot sauce and concoct your ideal pita. In addition to the friendly sit-down atmosphere, Pita Break sells its own breads on site. Apple cinnamon, breakfast muesli and flax pitas are highly recommended.
Open Monday to Friday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rainbow Cinemas – Market Square
80 Front Street East
If you can look past the small screens and sticky floors, then you’ll appreciate its sensible prices and intimate theatres. Presenting your ID will get you into a movie for only $4.24 — that’s a whole two-thirds of what you would pay at a big screen cinema!
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
On those boring days spent starring out your dorm window, longing for a mental pick-me-up, head over to the AGO for a little brain candy. You’ll savour its thought-provoking galleries and entertaining exhibits, and you’ll only have to spend $5 as long as you present your student ID. By the end of the day you’ll be BFF with Picasso, Modigliani and Michelangelo. Mom and dad will be so proud!
704 and 710 Queen Street West
Your preoccupation with classes, homework, friends and boozing may take a toll on your appearance. That means you’ll need somewhere to turn for a beauty makeover. But don’t worry, look no further than Queen Street West, where you’ll get a trendy — and affordable — haircut from some of Toronto’s most outrageous stylists (Robin Black is one of them). It may be a chic look, but it won’t cost you what you may think. Just $48 for a wash and cut.
Open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.