Discounts for Bearcats

Bearcat Card

Your Bearcat Card can get you discounts on many different goods and services.

You can do a lot with your Bearcat Card—print documents at the library, swipe in at the Recreation Center or get a snack from a vending machine. When it comes to student discounts, your UC ID is powerful off-campus, too. Show your Bearcat Card to save on things you already buy or discover something new at a great deal. Here are some of the best reasons to always carry your student ID, so you can take full advantage of being a Bearcat.


There is no shortage of food options surrounding campus, and many of them offer great discounts to UC students. Within close walking distance, Adriatico’s Pizza, Jenco Brothers’ Candy and Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt all offer deals with a Dubois student discount card. If you’re in the mood for sub sandwiches, nearby DiBella’s offers a 10% discount on regular orders and catering services. Order Papa John’s pizza from the Short Vine location and use online coupon code “Bearcat” to get a $7.99 large two-topping pizza, or code BC10 for a $10 extra-large two-topping pizza.

Arts & Entertainment

Catching a movie at the local theater is a great way to de-stress during the semester and even better when you get a discounted ticket price. Head over to Cinemark Oakley Station after 5:00 p.m. for $2.50 off tickets or AMC Newport on the Levee any time of day for a $2 discount.

If you want to see a play or live music, over 90% of the events at CCM are free to UC students, and UC students also get the deepest discount on Mainstage and Prestige Series ticketed events (such as the upcoming musical, “A Chorus Line”). The Cincinnati Opera, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra all offer student discounts for single or seasonal tickets.

Wandering through an art gallery or exhibit is another way to escape your studies and get the creative juices flowing. Visit the 21C Museum Hotel downtown for free exhibits open 24/7. General admission is also free at the Cincinnati Art Museum, where you can get student discounts on many rotating special events. The Contemporary Arts Center does not charge an admission fee, and students can purchase an annual membership at a discounted rate. 


You can take unlimited rides on the Metro bus all semester long with a UC Metro Card or EZ Ride Card. The UC Metro Card costs $53 per semester, and gets you free rides on all Zone 1 routes. The EZ Ride Card is free, and gets you $1 rides in all Zones.

Taking a longer trip? You don’t have to pay full-price for airline tickets when you’ve got a student ID. Check out Student Universe, STA Travel and CheapOair for discounted airfare exclusively available to students.


Fans of online shopping through Amazon can sign up for free two-day shipping and discounts with an Amazon Prime student account. Your account will be free for the first six months, and then 50% off with your student email address. Spotify also offers a 50% discount to students purchasing a premium account, getting you access to unlimited commercial-free music.

If in-store shopping is more your thing, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Madewell and Vineyard Vines offer a 15% student discount. Searching for UC apparel or textbooks? Dubois Bookstore just off campus offers a student discount card which gets you 10% off every purchase, plus cheaper shipping rates.


Ship packages through FedEx and receive a 20-30% discount. Fifth Third Bank offers a student account with no monthly service fees or minimum balance. PNC Bank also offers a student account with no monthly fees, and you can link your Bearcat Card to your bank account. State Farm, Geico and Nationwide all have discounts on car insurance when you maintain a B average or higher in your studies. 

No matter where you go, keep your Bearcat Card handy, and make it a habit to ask if there is a student discount. Many places offer reduced prices for students, but don’t advertise this information. Being a Bearcat can save you money far and wide—you just need to know where to look. 

Written by Dakota Wright, Graduate Assistant to the Graduate School Office