Having a student ID - regardless of how horrendous the picture on it is - does have its perks. The benefits are money-saving, time-saving and all around your ticket to making life in college easier, according to alligator.org.
At the University of Florida in Gainesville, the Gator 1 Card provides students with access to a variety of discounts from fare-free bus rides, to discount movie tickets, free access to athletic events, recreational facilities, and the holy grail of drink specials at the local bar, club or restaurant.
Drink specials. There are certain “magical days” that boast discounts for drinks to college students - whether it’s BOGO or half off.
Free bus rides. In Gainesville, students can venture outside those brick walls, free of charge when displaying their Gator 1 Card.
Free recreational access. Among the parks, bike trails and swimming pools near UF, there’s the UF-owned gem that is Lake Wauburg. Students who present their Gator 1 Card use the facilities, lay out on one of the chairs, rent a kayak and explore the lake, and so much more.
Discounted movie tickets. Take your Gator 1 Card, combine it with free travel on the RTS bus, head down to the local matinee and a discounted student ticket will be waiting to provide you with not a bad way to spend an evening away from campus.
Cheap game day tickets. College football game days, especially at UF, are no joke and a Gator 1 Card gives you the exclusive free access to basketball games, gymnastics meets and other sports events at UF. And it guarantees a seat at every home football game - enter the football ticket lottery.
Gator Nights. Free movies, popcorn and game booths at the Reitz Union offer a great way to meet new people and have some free fun; all made possible with that student ID: the Gator 1 Card.
Deals and discounts are a great way to appeal to the cash-strapped and thrifty college student, and may well help to garner student support for school ID systems.
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