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The Perks of Being a UW Student

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10/07/2021

Do you like good deals? How does “free” sound? Check out these opportunities on campus and in the community that are free or discounted for UW students.

On Campus

Explore opportunities on the UW Seattle campus, from museums to world-class performances. 

Father and child looking up at prehistoric skeleton overhead at the Burke Museum

Burke Museum

Free admission for students
A T-rex fossil unearthed in Montana, a hand-carved Quileute canoe, a whale skeleton “swimming” overhead — at the Burke, there’s so much to explore. Through strategically placed hallway windows, you can also view Burke staff preparing specimens. Admission is free for students, so drop by for a short visit or a long one.

Entrance to the UW's Henry Art Gallery

Henry Art Gallery

Free admission and free membership for students
Enjoy free admission to the Henry’s thought-provoking art exhibitions. You can also sign up for a free UW Student Membership at the Henry for access to members-only previews and events, discounted tickets to special events, and more.

Mark Morris Dance Group performance

ArtsUW Events

Discounted tickets for students
Attend world-class dance and music performances at Meany Center for the Performing Arts, as well as concerts and performances hosted by the School of Music, DXARTS, Department of Dance, and School of Drama, all at discounted prices. See what’s coming soon.

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Indigenous Walking Tour

Free
American Indian Studies and Political Science alum Owen Oliver (BA, 2021) created a walking tour highlighting seven campus locations, with personal reflections on their significance to the Indigenous community. Put on your walking shoes, download a PDF of the Indigenous walking tour or an abbreviated version with map, and gain new appreciation for places you pass every day.

Visitors looking at star-filled ceiling in UW Planetarium

UW Planetarium

Free
The UW Planetarium offers free shows on the first Friday of the month, with advance reservations required. The Planetarium is temporarily closed due to COVID, but check the Planetarium Facebook page for updates on its reopening and reservations for the show.

Seattle-area Discounts

Catch the light rail or a bus with your Husky Card (U-Pass) to take advantage of all that Seattle has to offer. Many off-campus museums and events — including those below — offer student discounts. 

Exterior of the Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum

At the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle, located one block from Pike Place Market, you will find global art collections, temporary installations, and special exhibitions that bridge cultures and centuries. The museum offers a reduced admission of $12.99 for students.

Exterior of Nordic Museum

National Nordic Museum

Explore 12,000 years of Nordic history, enjoy contemporary music and film, attend special events and more at the National Nordic Museum, located in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood west of the University of Washington. The museum offers a reduced admission of $15 for students. 

Dragon  performance on the stairs at the Wing Luke Museum.

Wing Luke Museum

At the Wing Luke Museum, explore Seattle in a new way through eye-opening exhibits and a guided tour of what life was like for early Asian Pacific American immigrants. Located in Seattle’s International District, the museum offers a reduced admission of $12.50 for students.

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Seattle Arts & Lectures

Seattle Arts & Lectures offers talks by leading authors, journalists, and more throughout the year. Reduced-price $7 tickets are available for students. 

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TeenTix

TeenTix, a program for teens (ages 13–19), offers $5 day-of-show tickets at any of their 70+ partner organizations in the Seattle area. Partners include ArtsUW, MoPop, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle Rep, the Wing Luke Museum, and many more!

Had enough of museums and events? Enjoy the great outdoors. The views — both on and off campus — are gorgeous and always free!

UW's Drumheller fountain with Mt. Rainier in the distance.
What a view! Drumheller Foundation on the UW's Seattle campus, with Mt. Rainier in the distance. 

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