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Free and Affordable Entertainment for College Students in Houston

Marisol Gallagher

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HOUSTON. TX - Living in Houston can be challenging for some people, especially for college students with limited budgets. Luckily, Houston is home to many institutions ready to take care of them and also entertain them. They provide discounts, free venues, and interesting spots to enjoy.

Student Discount

Houston Zoo – If you attend the University of Houston, Rice University, St. Thomas University, and Texas Southern University, you will get a free zoo admission. If you study at Houston Baptist, Houston Community College System, and South Texas College of Law, you will get a $2 off zoo admission.

Houston Ballet – $10 rush tickets to some Houston Ballet performances are available for college students if they buy the tickets 90 minutes before the show starts. You can check online for the performances that provide the rush option.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – College students can get the tickets for half price. They can also have special prices for certain exhibits.

Free Venues

Miller Outdoor Theatre – There are many performances by big organizations that you can watch freely, including the ones from Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, and Theater Under the Stars. Check on their calendar regularly so you will not miss your favorites.

Discovery Green – Located at 1500 McKinney, Discovery Green is one of the college student's favorites since they provide many activities for free. These include outdoor fitness classes, outdoor cinemas, festivals, activities on Kinder Lake, and amazing art exhibitions. In winter, you can enjoy ice skating on the frozen lake.

GreenStreet – Located at 1201 Fannin, GreenStreet offers Games on the Green, Friday Night Flicks, free Wednesday morning yoga, and more.

Eye Catching Local Spots

Beer Can House – Located at 222 Malone off Memorial, the Beer Can House offers a unique sight. Built by John Milkovisch using 50,000 beer cans, tabs, bottles, and more, this house is now managed by Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts. You can visit it on Saturdays and Sundays for $5.

James Turrell Skyspace – An art exhibition titled Twilight Epiphany by James Turrell is available for you to enjoy at Rice University. While you can visit the piece of art any time during the day, the true magic begins in the 40-minute lead-up to sunrise and 10 minutes before sunset when a series of LED lights project a seamlessly blending, hypnotic array of hues onto the ceiling. Since the place can only hold 120 people at a time, you need to book your seat online first.

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