Student Perks and Discounts

Ithaca Commons

Cornell has a number of resources to help you stay on track with your personal budgeting plan. Below is a sampling of discounts and freebies for Cornell graduate students available at Cornell and beyond. There are also several national associations that offer free or discounted memberships to graduate students.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, some of the services and opportunities below may not be available at this time.

Budget and Personal Finance Resources

  • (Offers resources specific to Cornell and resources from around the web to help you budget and save)
  • (From the Council of Graduate Schools with finance and budget information for graduate students)
  • (Searchable database for graduate and postdoc funding)
  • (Customizable information about personal finances)

Academic Resources and Services

  • (Free for students, faculty, and staff)
  •  (Free for students, faculty, and staff)
  •  (Free for students, faculty, and staff)
  • Professional development workshops (Free for all graduate students)
  •  (Discounts on technology and cell products)
  • Writing from A to B (Free PDF guidebook on thesis/dissertation writing)

Entertainment and Retail Savings

  • Big Red Barn events (Free for graduate students and often feature free snacks and coffee and discounted beer and wine)
  •  (Unlimited access to Cornell sports except men’s hockey)
  •  ($15 student tickets except Cornell/Harvard game)
  •  (Discounts on many items, including computers, cell phone service, travel, movies, cars, and restaurants)
  •  (Free or discounted concerts at Cornell)
  •  (Free admission)
  •  (Discounted tickets)
  •  (Over 350 concerts per year, many free or discounted) 
  •  (Discounted tickets)
  •  (Discounted tickets)
  • ($1.50 off Sunday-Thursday evenings with valid student IDs)

Transportation and Travel Opportunities

  •  (All registered Cornell students receive unlimited rides on all TCAT buses for their first year, and after 6 p.m. weekdays, and anytime Saturday and Sunday for their subsequent years when using their CU ID card at the farebox)
  •  (Discounted tickets for Cornell students and staff)
  •  to/from New York City, New Jersey, and Long Island (Discounted weekend fare for Cornell students)
  • Research and Conference Travel Grants (Funding for research degree student travel)
  •  (Discounts on many products, including a comprehensive travel planner)

Fitness and Wellness Services

  •  or  (Discounted skating)
  • (Free equipment loans through Cornell Recreation)
    • Outdoor basketball on North or West Campus and indoor at Helen Newman and Noyes
    • Open lap swimming at Helen Newman or Teagle
    • Sand volleyball between Clara Dickson and Balch Hall
    • Shoot pool or play table tennis at Noyes
    • Tennis at Risley, Appel, and Jessup courts
    • Volleyball and badminton at Helen Newman or Noyes
    • Hike the Botanic Garden trails

Emergency Funds

Additional Discounts Beyond Cornell