Brisbane's best student discounts
Think your student card entitlements are limited to checking out books at the library? Wrong! From cheap eats to rock climbing and comedy, we’ve found the city's best student discounts.
Half-price public transport
Brisbane’s public transport is the easiest way to navigate the city and as a student you will save oodles across train, bus and ferry rides. Queensland public transport provider TransLink offers a 50 per cent concession rate for all students with a valid full-time student card or TransLink concession go card. Purchase a paper ticket at the pay station or head to a customer service desk to get your very own go card so you can easily tap on and off during your commutes, saving pennies as you go.
25% off CityCycle subscription
Get on ya bike! With 25 per cent off CityCycle subscription, you’re looking at just $45 for an annual membership in Brisbane’s self-service cycling community. The bikes can be used any time and are free for the first 30 minutes.
The no-bells or whistles but welcoming, not-for-profit space Australian School of Meditation and Yoga in West End offers $10 classes for students. It has a range of classes on the schedule and if you purchase a five or 10-class pass, it’s even cheaper. A slightly more up-market studio and trendy space in the city is Shri Yoga. Situated in the funky Burnett Lane (off Queen Street Mall), you’ll also find a $10 student casual class, walking distance from Central Station.
#SUP! Riverlife hosts a number of awesome activities on the Brisbane River in the city, South Bank and Kangaroo Point. With your full-time student card you can score yourself a huge $25 off stand-up paddle boarding, up to $20 off rock-climbing sessions and $15 off abseiling and kayaking. No excuses for sleep-ins – get out there and explore Brisbane with Riverlife!
Visit one of Brisbane’s wildlife sanctuaries and take your very own Taylor Swift-style kangaroo selfie. Lone Pine student tickets come in at $24, while at the home of the Crocodile Hunter, Australia Zoo, the concession price is $47.
Buy your tickets for Lone Pine or find student deals for weekend getaways at the Visitor Information Centre in the city.
Looking for the ultimate Brisbane photo op? You’ll need to get up high for that. Ride the Wheel of Brisbane on a $16.50 student admission for an epic 360-degree view of the city from South Bank. Capture the opposite side of the city and Kangaroo Point when you take the Story Bridge Adventure Climb, with student tickets from $79 for a day climb.
Entertainment and culture
Movies starting at $5.50
A spontaneous trip to the cinema can be surprisingly pricey in Brisbane, especially once you add a jumbo popcorn and double choc top. Don’t get caught out at the box office – keep your student card handy and reap the benefits. Cineplex student tickets start at a mouth-watering $5.50 and Event Cinemas in the Myer Centre offer $6.50 tickets for student CineBuzz members. Now you can have your popcorn, and eat it too!
Culture for FREE
Australia’s largest modern art gallery QAGOMA has a number of free exhibitions, and offers concession tickets for any paid exhibitions. Take advantage of the free aircon and wi-fi while you’re there and make a Snapchat story for your friends to envy.
Mega discounted theatre
Love the theatre? Well La Boite Theatre Company at Kelvin Grove loves you! It has $25 student tickets on selected plays and heavily discounted three and five-play passes for concession card holders. Queensland Theatre Company also offers 50 per cent off three, five and eight-play packages for under-30s. Get dressed up and make a night of it.
Thanks to Brisbane Powerhouse and Sit Down Comedy Club, you will always have the last laugh. Between these two you can find free or concession tickets to comedy shows almost every night of the week. Brisbane Powerhouse is also home to theatre and film exhibitions, so be sure to trawl through the website for the best concession prices or head straight to the free events section.
See internationally-acclaimed classical musicians for $30
Every year, Musica Viva Australia presents an array of world-class, Australian and international classical chamber music ensembles at the Queensland Conservatorium Theatre, Griffith University and QPAC. Pick up an under 30s ticket for $30.
10% off ice-cream
Like any necessity, ice-cream can make a huge dent in a student budget. Fret-not budget warriors, you can still enjoy the cool lick of a gourmet gelato from Gelatissimo, now with 10 per cent off for students. Ask about its free student membership in store, and be sure to order the Burnt Caramel and Pecan.
10% off brunch
Search #suburbancafe on Instagram and you’ll know why this discount is a blessing. The indulgent brunch hot-spot situated in Brisbane’s West End is open seven days and offers 10 per cent off for full-time students. Take advantage of the discount on your coffee break, breakfast or lunch. It all adds up! #butfirstcoffee
Not necessarily a student discount, but certainly relevant on a student budget. Visit Brisbane has taken the leg work out of finding the best of Brisbane’s cheap eats for almost every cuisine. Find your next meal here.
For ridiculously good-looking dessert check out Cowch at South Bank. It has a whole student menu on weekdays, 7am-5pm.
20% off haircuts
Elysium Hair in Brisbane City offers 20 per cent off most hair services when you sign up to its student club for $9.95. Considering you’d likely save the sign-up fee in the first use – it’s worth the investment if you’re going to get your hair cut this year, which we would recommend. Brisbane School of Hairdressing also offers cheap cuts for everyone.
While we absolutely condone shopping at local opportunity shops like Lifeline and Salvation Army, it’s great that students can get new clothes for less than full price. A student card can score you 10 per cent off at TopShop all year round, and 10 per cent off at Myer Miss Shop products on Thursday nights.
15% off specs
On the market for some new prescription glasses? Get 15 per cent off store-wide at Optical Warehouse when you flash your student card.
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