Not enough pocket money? It would actually be possible to save your pocket money if you’re just going straight home after school everyday. But seriously, who does that all the time?
But with all the stress from exams and friends clamouring for you to hang out a little longer, you probably find yourself having more outgoing expenses than your meager pocket money allows for. Sure, you could get a part-time job, but your student or matriculation pass can also score you some sweet discounts and lessen your spending if you know where to go. From eating out to entertainment, use this list of value-for-money places you and your chums can hang out at:
1. Eighteen Chefs @ various locations
Students can always count on this Western fusion casual eatery, Eighteen Chefs, to serve up a filling meal that doesn’t rob them of their entire allowance. Student meals of pasta or cheese baked rice start from $6.80. With 13 outlets scattered around town and the heartland areas of the country, it isn’t difficult to eat for cheap here.
2. Food Junction @ Junction 8
For all the value and convenience of the neighbourhood kopitiam, sometimes you just want some air-conditioning to cool yourself down after a swampy afternoon in the classroom. There’s also another reason to head to this air-conditioned food court though from now till the end of June: your student pass gets you 10% discount there between 3 to 5pm everyday.
3. Sharetea Bubble Tea @ various locations
A cup of bubble tea in hand can perhaps alleviate some of the pain of student life as you take your time to chew on pearls while condensing your readings. NTU, SMU, NUS, SUTD and SIT card-holding students get 10% off drinks at Sharetea outlets.
4. Tom’s Palette @ Shaw Towers
No matter your age, sweet treats like ice-cream are always delightful. Students of Nanyang, Ngee Ann, Republic, Singapore and Temasek Polytechnics as well as those from NUS, NTU, NIE, SMU, SIT and SUTD should take note of this ice-cream store where you can enjoy 10% off ice-cream purchases. It’s not just the usual flavours either. Depending on when you go, you can celebrate the end of an assignment by going crazy over their seasonal flavours like butter stout and crack candy, parmesan cheese and cream crackers, miso walnut, and… pi pa gao.
5. DANRO Japanese Hotpot @ Cathay Cineleisure Orchard
Okay, so sometimes you feel like splurging a little for a luxurious meal. Why upsize your fast food when you can get a hotpot buffet for a little more? While youths really don’t need more collagen to lift their already taut complexions, DANRO’s different types of collagen soup base such as Pork Garlic Collagen, Sukiyaki and Chicken Collagen, makes for variety. If your finicky friends at the table still aren’t satisfied, they will be by the selection of premium beef, chicken and pork meats. Just flash your student card for the promotional price starting at $12.90 for a splendid hotpot buffet lunch.
6. Rocku Yakiniku @ Bugis+
Not into soup for lunch? Go for the grill then at this casual Japanese yakiniku joint. The student price of $13.90++ on weekdays from 12 to 3pm is a steal for the free flow of beef, pork, chicken, seafood and vegetables to your table.
7. Waa Cow @ Stephen Riady Centre, NUS UTown
You don’t have to await your future as a high-flyer to be able to pay for wagyu beef. Perhaps to make that point, Waa Cow has plonked itself down right at NUS University Town, serving up Japanese rice bowls to students, including their signature wagyu beef rice bowl and Aburi Bara Chirashi bowl. While prices are above $15, NUS students and alumni of NUS can get 10% off their bill.
8. Prince of Wales Backpacker Pub @ Dunlop Street
If you’ve passed the minimum age for drinking, this bar would perhaps like to induct you into the ranks with $5 Asahi or Corona beer or spirits and 10% off F&B menu items if you have an NUS student, staff or alumni card.
9. KPO Café Bar @ Killiney Road
NUS, NTU and SMU students rejoice! Somewhere in Somerset lies a bar that extends a 20% discount off regular-priced items to students of these institutions. Note that this deal worthy of a toast will only last till June 2017.
10. Exit Plan @ New Bridge Road
Escape rooms are just about the perfect class outing activity. The horror-themed ones may be the best just so you can stick close to your crush! Full-time primary, secondary and tertiary students in Singapore get a special rate of $12 during off-peak hours, that is before 5pm on Mondays to Fridays, excluding public holidays. Online bookings are necessary.
11. Roomraider @ Orchard Central
Present your student card on weekdays (except Friday) for a special price of $18 per head (U.P $22) at Room Raiders.
12. Xcape Singapore @ Bugis Village
Need a little evening excitement? A student card gets you a discounted entry fee of $22 to $26 (U.P $28 to $32) into the rooms of three outlets at Bugis Village after 6pm on Monday to Thursdays and Sundays.
13. Shaw Theatres
There’s nothing like catching a movie to de-stress after the exam period. Right after your last exam ends and before 6pm on Mondays to Fridays (excluding eve of public holidays and on public holidays), grab a seat for a 2D movie at $6.50 or for a 3D movie at $9. IMAX Digital tickets costs just $12 and IMAX 3D $14.
14. Cathay Cineplexes
Tickets for students are priced at $7 for 2D movies and $8 for 3D flicks screened before 6pm on Mondays to Fridays, excluding eve of public holidays and on public holidays themselves.
15. Golden Village
Take your seat at GV theatres for $7 or $9 for 2D and 3D movies respectively. Note that these student prices are not available on eve of public holidays or public holidays.
16. Filmgarde Cineplex
For $10, you get a ticket for a 2D movie, a small popcorn and a drink. The same F&B package along with a 3D movie is priced at $13. This student package rate is available before 6pm on Mondays to Fridays, excluding eve of public holidays and public holidays.
17. Mani + Pedi @ Balestier Hill Shopping Centre
All that note-taking and flipping through huge tomes at the library has perhaps taken some shine off your nails. Schedule a session with a manicurist and get a 15% discount if you’re an NUS student or 20% discount if your school is SMU.
18. AUBE Beauty Salon @ Wheelock Place
Got caught by the DM for too-long tresses? Take yourself and your head of hair to skilled stylists trained in Japanese haircutting and styling techniques. Students get a cut at $45 (U.P $70). After a snip, you might just look like a teen idol out of a dorama or an Japanese television drama.
19. Alan & Guys Hair Salon @ various locations
Goodbye to enforced hairstyles once you get your university matriculation card! If you’re seeking to have a shocking head of neon pink or want some curls, Alan & Guys Hair Salon outlets offer 20% off all hair chemical services for NUS students, staff and alumni, with the exception of the Hougang outlet.
20. Act Point Salon @ several locations
Standing out from your similarly attired and uniformed peers doesn’t have to cost much, especially when you can get a 20% discount off some of this salon’s services whether you’re a primary, secondary, junior college, polytechnic, ITE, NUS, NTU, SIM, SMU or SUTD student.
Enjoy your student days (and discounts) while you can!