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30 student discounts every student needs

A guide to the best student discounts in Canada!

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Kaela Johnson and Amanda Naccarato | Life


As a post-secondary student, we spend thousands of dollars for tuition, textbooks and attempting to have a social life from time to time.

Luckily, you don’t need a whole lot of money to enjoy our guide to the best student discounts across Canada! What you do need is a valid student ID!

Discounts subject to change.


Activities

Art Gallery of Ontario

With over 90,000 works with art from Africa and Europe, and work from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is the place to be! The AGO also has special exhibitions such as the popular Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, running until May 27. Check out our review of the exhibit.

General admission is $19.50, but students with valid ID pay $11!

On a tight budget? The AGO is free on Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

You save: $8.50

Address:  317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ont.

More information: AGO Website

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Bata Shoe Museum

With more than a thousand shoes from ancient China and Egypt, and celebrity shoes, the Bata Shoe Museum is a sneaker-head’s paradise.

General admission is $14 but students pay $8!

You save: $6

Address: 327 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ont.

More information: Bata Shoe Museum Website

Ontario Science Centre

Remember the days when your school went on a field trip to the Ontario Science Centre? Yes? No? The Centre offers hundreds of interactive exhibits of nature, human anatomy, technology and more!

A regular adult ticket is $22 but with your student ID, the ticket is $16!

You save: $6

Address: 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Ont.

More information: Ontario Science Centre

SkyZone

Get some exercise and have a great time doing at SkyZone Trampoline Park! There are fun programs such as Ultimate Dodgeball, Freestyle Jump, SkySlam and Foam Zone with locations all over Canada!

College and university students get 15% off any jump at any time with valid student ID!

More information: SkyZone website

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Ripley’s Aquarium

Located in the heart of Toronto, the Ripley’s Aquarium has something for everyone! It’s an amazing place to go with your family, a group of friends or for date nights!

There are many fun programs such as Dive Shows, Sleep with the Sharks, Morning Yoga and Photography classes!

A regular ticket ranges from $30 to $35, but students get 25% off.

You save: $7.50 to $8.75

Address: 288 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, Ont.

More information: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

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Royal Ontario Museum

One of the largest museums in North America, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) houses over 30 galleries of art, culture and nature pieces from various countries.

General admission is $20 but with your student ID, the ticket is $16.50 and on Tuesdays, admission is free!

You save: $3.50

Address: 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ont.

More information: ROM Website


Food

Arby’s

At participating Arby’s restaurants, students with valid student ID receive 10% off their entire meals.

More information: Arby’s Website

Bulk Barn

Every Wednesday both seniors and students receive a 10% discount on in-store purchases. Students simply must provide valid student ID to receive the discount.

More information: Bulk Barn Website

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Dairy Queen

Certain Dairy Queen locations offer discounts to students as well as affordable Student Meal Deals.

More information: Dairy Queen Website

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Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh is a company that delivers fresh produce right to your doorstep. Originating in British Columbia, Hello Fresh quickly gained momentum and expanded all over Canada. They recently partnered with UNiDAYS, a completely free savings site to give students a 20% discount off a month of meals.

More information: Hello Fresh Website

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Spring Sushi

With two locations in Ontario: one in Toronto and one in Hamilton, students receive 10% of their meals with valid student ID when dining in.

More information: Spring Sushi Website

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St. Louis Bar & Grill

With a student ID, students receive $5 off any hot food menu item and 20% off regular food items. This offer is only valid at their Bloor Street location.

More information: Welcome Student Pages Website

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Retail

Adidas

The Adidas Student Discount Program allows university and college students to take 30% off their full-priced purchases and 15% off sale merchandise. This sale is only valid for online purchases.

More information: Adidas Website

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Amazon Prime

Students receive 50% off Amazon’s Prime service: unlimited one or two-day shipping.

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American Apparel

By registering with UNiDAYS, a free site that specializes in bringing big savings to verified students in university and college, students receive 15% off online full-priced purchases.

More information:  American Apparel Website

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ASOS

With a UNiDAYS registration, students save 10% when shopping online on full-priced merchandise.

More information: UNiDAYS Website

Banana Republic

Style With Class is an offer dedicated specifically to students.  With a valid student ID, students receive a 15% discount off full-priced purchases in-store only.

More information: Banana Republic Website

Club Monaco

Receive 15% off full-priced and sale merchandise with valid student ID. For online purchases, students simply submit a valid school email to receive a 15% discount.

More information: Club Monaco Website

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Hunter

Students who register with Student Beans, a free student loyalty network dedicated to providing savings to students, receive a 15% discount on purchases made both online and in-store at their Yorkdale location.

More information: Student Beans Website

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J Crew

This teacher and college student discount allows a 15% discount on purchases in store with valid student ID.

More information: J Crew Website

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Kate Spade

By registering with UNiDAYS to verify their student status, students receive a 15% discount on all online purchases.

More information: Kate Spade Website

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La Senza

Students can verify their student status by registering with Student Beans to receive 15% off qualifying online purchases.

More information: Lasenza Website

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Topshop

Showing student ID in-store or verifying their student status with Student Beans, students receive 10% off their purchases both in-store and online.

More information: Topshop Website

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Technology and Music

Adobe Creative Cloud

The regular price for all apps in the Creative Cloud is $52.99 USD a month, but students can save more than 60% and pay $19.99 USD per month, which includes Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and more!

You save: $33

More information: Adobe Website

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Apple

Students, teachers and parents can save on MacBooks, desktops and iPads. From July to September, students can also get free wireless Beats headphones with the purchase of an eligible computer.

More information: Apple Website

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Apple Music and Spotify

Get Apple Music and Spotify for half off and pay only $4.99.

You save: $5

Microsoft

Students are eligible for 10% off on select Surface devices and accessories and Mixed Reality accessories.

Most post-secondary institutes offer the newest Microsoft Office for free, which includes PowerPoint, Word and Excel!

Microsoft Office for Guelph-Humber students.

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Additional Savings

SPC Savings Card

For $10 you can buy a Student Price Card (SPC) to save at places such as Forever21, KFC, American Eagle Outfitters, Big Smoke Burger and many more!

But, if you want to put that $10 towards a 10 piece nugget combo, we’re not judging.

More information: SPC Card Website

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Student Beans

Another free website where students can register can tap into savings at LaSenza and Hunter Shoes.

More information: Student Beans Website

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UNiDays

UNiDays a free website where students can register to save big bucks at ASOS, American Apparel, Puma, Missguided, Microsoft and more!

More information: UNiDAYS website

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Review: ‘El Camino’

Pinkman seeks to tie up loose ends.

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Vince Gilligan’s epilogue to one of the greatest shows of all time brings the story of Jesse Pinkman to a close.

9/10

Trailer for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie from Netflix

It’s been over four years since the hit series Breaking Bad left television, and it would be accurate to say that very few shows have filled the gap for thrilling and tension-filled television.

Series creator, writer and producer, Vince Gilligan, teamed up with Peter Gould to produce the spin-off show Better Call Saul with Bob Odenkirk reprising his role, detailing the beginnings of the criminal lawyer leading up to his fateful encounter with Walter White and Jesse Pinkman.

While that show certainly kept fans content, the question remained: What happened to Jesse Pinkman? Freed from captivity by White in the series finale, Pinkman sped off in an El Camino with tears streaming down his face from joy, but what came after? This movie answers that question.

We pick up exactly where the series ended with Pinkman speeding away from Uncle Jack’s compound. From here, he seeks to gather enough money to buy his way out of New Mexico and towards a new life.

What really helps this movie along is Aaron Paul’s performance. By this point in the Gilligan universe, he is a broken, tortured man, and Paul is able to channel the character flawlessly even after the five year gap.

Returning characters include Badger (Matthew Lee Jones) and Skinny Pete (Charles Baker) who get a chance to bid their close friend farewell before cutting ties with him completely, and while the roles are short and minimal, both Jones and Baker bring the goofy, emotional support back from the main series to help ground Pinkman.

Vince Gilligan returns as writer/director for the film and it’s very apparent that he has grown as a creative force. His signature dark and gritty visual style helps to reinforce the desperation that Pinkman faces.

The score is provided by none other than Dave Porter, the man who provided the score to the main Breaking Bad series. While his iconic theme from the main series isn’t present, his minimalistic score does provide a reflective backdrop to the visuals.

The story itself may not provide a lot of action or guns-a-blazing moments, but it never sets out to do that. This is a world where Heisenberg’s reign has come to an end and this is the slow crawl to a halt for these characters. There is a tense shootout towards the end of the film that provides a classic Breaking Bad fake-out, but don’t expect the film to be a wall-to-wall action movie.

Despite the positives that this movie provides, both as a movie and an epilogue to the series, it is completely unnecessary. It doesn’t add much to the character of Jesse or anyone in the Breaking Bad world, and really only serves as a buffer to the true end of the story. That itself isn’t a bad thing, but one could leave Jesse’s story as is at the end of the finale.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie does well to close out the story of Pinkman, even if it wasn’t exactly needed. It gives fans a chance to live in that story and universe one more time with a character who has helped redefine dramatic television. ■

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Review: The Addams Family

The kooky gothic family is back.

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Starring a near perfect cast, The Addams Family tells the story about an unusual family in an unusual (for them) new town.

6.5/10

Trailer for The Addams Family from Universal

“They’re creepy and they’re kooky…” as the theme song goes. After a few years off of television and movie screens, The Addams Family, a gothic family with horror elements within their circle, are back in a new animated feature for a new age. With a cast that could not be more perfect, good animation and some decent jokes, the film is indeed enjoyable, although it has many flaws that pervade this edgy (but not edgy enough) movie

The film concerns the titular family Gomez, played by Oscar Isaac and Morticia (Charlize Theron) having just gotten married, before being chased out of their traditional home by an angry mob for being “weird” according to the locals. To escape from the torches and pitchforks of the “regular people,” they move to the most hideous place they can think of: a converted abandoned insane asylum in New Jersey. From there they live “peacefully” with their hand servant, Thing, and the asylum’s lone living resident turned butler, Lurch, played by co-director Conrad Vernon and later having their 2 children, their solemn and blunt daughter Wednesday (Chloë Grace Moretz) and their explosive loving son Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard).

13 years later however, as the family is planning for a family celebration that would see Pugsly become a man in the eyes of the whole family, they discover a small town called “Assimilation” built by HGTV-esque reality show host Margaux Needler for her next big project right at the foot of the hill their house is. And when the town meets the reclusive “creepy” family, tensions begin to boil, both from within and without both sides.


Impeccably animated, the films style mimics that of the original New Yorker cartoons. Despite being cgi, the animation is given similar rules to 2d, such as the utilizations of squash and stretch for certain comedic moments. Whatever plastic look objects within are deliberate, as the town of Assimilation feels creepy in its own way, with vibes of artificiality and conformity that makes the Addams Family, despite their (sometimes literal) creature comforts, seem natural by comparison.

The cast is probably the best part of the film. It’s good to the point where they could have easily played these characters in live action and be non the worse. This especially goes to Issacs and Theron in their roles, convincingly portraying a couple who very much care for each other (in their own way). Nick Kroll also deserves some spotlight as Uncle Fester, the adorably naive uncle, who has his own lovable but odd quirkiness.

The comedy also works very well, although not 100% of the time. Certain jokes involving Thing were definite causes of laughter, as well as some very funny sight gags throughout. Thankfully the film doesn’t loose all of its edgy morbid humour, though it has noticeably dulled, possibly to accommodate a more family oriented audience that the film appears to be targeting.

The dullness of The Addams Family does come across in its story. The film is rather warm hearted, at times contradicting the tone the family displays across other media. Certain characters will do something wrong or reprehensible, but will receive a proper happy end to it regardless.

The message of the film, while it may be more personal for some than others, is not exactly subtle and can be easily seen coming if you are above the age of a teenager. This also means the story is predictable, following similar beats and motions to some other animated movies, even if the style and timing is different.

Some of the reactions of the characters can be a bit out of touch with who they are, such as the certain times the family will get hurt and they will either act with glee/nonchalance, or react negatively. And in some cases moments where they shouldn’t react negatively.

The Addams Family might not have a complete grasp of the tone that these characters are usually associated with, and may need to polish its script and characters a bit more, but for an animated family film involving slapstick, light morbid humour and colourful designs and animation, you could definitely see a lot worse, especially with a property like The Addams Family.

It just perhaps needs to be more creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky. ■

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Review: ‘Gemini Man’

Will Smith vs. Will Smith.

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Ang Lee brings us the next step in de-aging technology through Gemini Man, but does the rest of the film reach that high bar?

4.5/10

Trailer for Gemini Man, by Paramount.

As filmmaking technology advances, the ability to re-create actors and de-age them crawls further and further out of the uncanny valley and into a more believable reality.

While the technology itself is breaking barriers and bringing us closer to a completely digital form of filmmaking, it’s being used to mask over lazy screenwriting.

Gemini Man opens with a prologue that serves well to set up our main character, Henry Brogan (Will Smith), as the trained killer that he is. The movie then continues to try and build on this world where Brogan is a renowned soldier and how he’s gone through all of these events that led to him being as good as he is, yet it fails to resonate with the audience because it’s all talk and never seen.

The story is nothing new. At all. It’s your typical sci-fi, military story that has a corrupt military bad guy who claims to be in service of the United States and their beliefs of freedom in the most backwards way.

There’s very little suspense or surprise in the story as everything they try to spring on you can all be seen coming from a mile away, and it’s made even worse by the fact that the biggest twist in the movie is given away from the marketing.

What does keep the movie engaging in some capacity, however, are the performances. Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Benedict Wong are all very enjoyable to watch. This is a movie that Smith could have very easily phoned in for the sake of a paycheque, but he does bring some emotional weight to the role – I’d even go so far to say that he does better in this movie than as Deadshot in Suicide Squad.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Benedict Wong play Danny and Baron, respectively, and are able to riff off of Smith effortlessly and it makes the interactions between the three characters very enjoyable.

Lorne Balfe composed the score for the film, and it’s incredibly forgettable or completely unnoticeable, which is disappointing because I found his score to Mission: Impossible – Fallout absolutely incredible, so it’s a step down for him.

Ang Lee manages to make the movie look nice despite the lacklustre script. I saw the film in 3D/HFR (high frame rate). If you’re unfamiliar with HFR, it means the movie is shown in 48fps which gives it a ‘sped up’ look. I don’t think it added much to anything outside of a select few action scenes which I find disappointing as I greatly enjoyed HFR when I saw it used on The Hobbit trilogy in theatres.

In the end – Gemini Man is a very “middle-of-the-road” movie. It’s not the worst movie in the world, but there are far better movies you can see in theatres this weekend. Good performances and an interesting look at the advancement of technology don’t make up for a boring and over-used story that doesn’t try anything new. ■

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