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10 Summer Student Discounts You’ll Love

Bargains on summer fun in and around Boston


Looking to explore Boston on a budget this summer? Did you know that simply by showing your Terrier card, you’re entitled to all kinds of discounts for events and sites in and around the city?

Whether you want to hit the beach, enjoy some fine dining, or cheer on the Boston Red Sox, we’ve got you covered. To celebrate the season, BU Today has compiled a list of 10 student discounts to take advantage of before Labor Day.

Photo courtesy of Cape Ann Whale Watch

Photo courtesy of Cape Ann Whale Watch

Cape Ann Whale Watch
415 Main St., Gloucester, Mass.

What better way to spend a summer day than whale watching off the coast of Massachusetts? Head to North Station and take the Newburyport/Rockport train to Gloucester for a discounted Cape Ann Whale Watch excursion. Your Terrier Card entitles you to $5 off the regular adult price of $48. Whale watches typically last three to five hours, depending on how close the whales are. Boats leave at 10 am weekdays, 8:30 am and 1:30 pm weekends, until July 1, then at 8:30 am and 1 pm daily through Labor Day.

Spectacle Island

Courtesy of Flickr contributor LilyyyB

Boston Harbor Ferry Tickets
66 Long Wharf, Boston

An island vacation is closer than you might think. Explore the Boston Harbor islands for just $14.95—$5 off the regular adult fare with your student ID for a round-trip ferry ticket. The ferries depart from Long Wharf to either Georges Island or Spectacle Island. Find a schedule and directions here.

Courtesy of Flickr contributor Legend Dairy Productions

Courtesy of Flickr contributor Legend Dairy Productions

Red Sox Tickets
Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston

Nothing says summer in Boston like a baseball game at Fenway Park. But MLB games are expensive, so go to the Red Sox website, register for the student discount, #Student9s, and you’ll get a text on game day with a link to buy discounted $9 standing-room tickets.

fire and ice copley

205 Berkeley St., Boston

At this popular restaurant near Copley Square and Newbury Street, customers design their own meal. You fill up your bowl with fresh ingredients, head to the sauce bar and the flavor finishes bar for spices and herbs, and then bring it to the circular grill and watch the chefs create a magical meal. On Monday nights the restaurant offers a special student dinner deal (valid ID required): for just $10.99 ($10 off the fixed price), you can create your own stir-fry meal.

La Famiglia Giorgio’s

Photo courtesy of La Famiglia Giorgio’s

La Famiglia Giorgio’s
112 Salem St., Boston

Refuel after roaming around the North End with a meal at La Famiglia Giorgio’s, which offers Terrier Card holders (and BU staff) a 20 percent discount. This family-run Italian restaurant is known for its welcoming atmosphere and large portions.

Prudential tower skywalk

Flickr contributor Michael Muraz

Skywalk Observatory
Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston

Use your BU ID to get $4 off admission to the Skywalk Observatory atop the Prudential Center. It offers stunning 360 degree views of Boston and beyond. Purchase tickets at the Prudential Arcade Skywalk Observatory Kiosk, open daily from 10 am to 10 pm, seven days a week.


Photo courtesy of UBurger

636 Beacon St., Boston

Stop by the Kenmore Square Uburger between 3 and 7 pm Sunday through Thursday for student specials (they change daily). If it’s a nice day, grab your grub and head down to the Esplanade for a summer picnic.

Freedom Trail Tour
Boston Visitor Information Center, Boston Common, 139 Tremont St., Boston

Spend a day touring some of Boston’s most important historic sites. The 2.5-mile route begins at the Boston Common, takes in 16 points of interest, among them the Old North Church and Paul Revere’s house, and ends in Charlestown at the USS Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument. Guides, costumed in 18th-century garb, regale visitors with stories about Boston’s colonial past. The Freedom Trail Foundation offers a $10 tour deal for students, but be sure to book in advance.

jurrasic world

[C] Universal Pictures

Summer Blockbusters

AMC Loews Boston Common 19, 175 Tremont St., Boston
Regal Fenway Stadium 13, 201 Brookline Ave., Boston

Summer is synonymous with Hollywood blockbusters, and there are plenty debuting in the coming weeks (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits screens June 22). Two theaters near campus—AMC Loews Boston Common 19 and Regal Fenway Stadium 13—offer a discount when purchasing tickets if you show your ID. AMC discounts can be applied only after 4 pm.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
220 Morrissey Boulevard, Columbia Point, Boston

The Kennedy Library and Museum, with breathtaking views of Boston Harbor, offers a fascinating glimpse of the nation’s 35th president and his wife, Jacqueline. Visitors can see a replica of JFK’s White House Oval Office, as well as permanent and special exhibits. And BU students pay just $6 with their Terrier Card. After you’re done, stroll along the Boston HarborWalk, the 43-mile park that runs along the Boston shoreline from Dorchester to East Boston.

Have recommendations for other student discounts available in the Boston area? List them in the Comment section below.

Grace Hagerty can be reached at ghagerty@bu.edu.



5 Comments on 10 Summer Student Discounts You’ll Love

  • BU faculty member on 06.15.2018 at 6:30 am

    Uburger? Really??? I’m surprised that’s included in this piece.

  • Yahoo on 06.15.2018 at 8:06 am

    I was looking so hard for “Tuition Discount”

  • BU Arts Initiative on 06.15.2018 at 9:40 am

    All BU students with valid BU ID receive free admission to 4 museums: the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Harvard Art Museums and the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston. Be sure to check out any other student discounts at: bu.edu/arts/in-boston/.

  • Arts advocate on 06.15.2018 at 2:41 pm

    These free museum perks should be added to the TOP of this list!

  • Krista on 06.29.2018 at 8:17 am

    Thanks for the insight. As students, we’re always on a tight budget, but so enthusiastic to explore. You’ve just made up my convenient itinerary for a weekend.

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