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You may think your student ID is just a flimsy card that gets you around campus, but it’s worth so much more. Your Texas A&M University-San Antonio student ID can unlock many things including exclusive discounts, free admissions, and on-campus resources.

Here are 5 ways you can use your A&M-San Antonio Student ID to its full potential on and off-campus:

1. Food


Saving money on food can be a huge relief for college students. While paying for tuition and books is pricey enough, the last thing you want to worry about is your next meal. Here are a few places where you can save on meals:

Establishments like Dunkin’ Donuts, Papa John’s, Taco Bell, and Taco Cabana offer students a 10-20% discount on their purchases. 

You can also use your student ID on-campus to shop at the General’s Store

The General’s Store is a food pantry on campus located at Patriots’ Casa in room 110. It’s open on Wednesdays from 2 – 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

2. Movies 


Getting away from the chaos and stress of school is very important. Sometimes we need space to leave behind our tasks to just have fun. And what better way to have fun than going to the movies.

Though movie tickets can be expensive, many theaters around San Antonio offer student discounts including Alamo Drafthouse, Santikos, and Regal Cinema. 

3. Museums 


A&M-San Antonio has a program created by the Mays Center for Experiential Learning that provides students with free admission to the following museums: The McNay, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Witte Museum. For free admission, just present your student ID when purchasing tickets.

4. Streaming Services 


Apple Music or Spotify? Some like to argue one is better than the other. However, they do have one thing in common: they both offer student discounts.

Apple Music and Spotify have student memberships starting at $4.99 a month, however, Spotify ups the ante by including Hulu and Showtime in their offer.  

5. Fitness 


Maintaining your health can be a struggle when you’re a college student, and gym memberships can be costly. Try working things out at Jaguar Fitness Center, located in the Madla Building. The Jaguar Fitness Center is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Student ID is required to use the facility. 

Being a student is overwhelming enough, add money to the mix and it gets even crazier. So Take these resources into consideration! 

Lastly, remember to just ask. Though many businesses may not present these types of offers upfront it never hurts to ask. 

About the Author

Victoria Simmons
Staff Writer
Victoria Simmons is a communication junior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She transferred from Northwest Vista College to A&M-San Antonio in fall of 2021. She works as a cashier at her local H-E-B plus. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music while taking long walks. Upon graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in the arts as a creative director or photojournalist.

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