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The Perks of Being a UW Student

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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.

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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

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. Or stay on your couch and view a virtual version of the walking tour

Visitors looking at star-filled ceiling in UW Planetarium

UW Planetarium

The UW Planetarium typically offers four public shows on the first Friday of the month between 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Shows are free, but tickets must be reserved in advance. The ticketing link is posted on the Planetarium's Facebook page, usually the Sunday preceding the first Friday of the month.

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  offer student discounts. 

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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, 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, the Seattle Art Museum, and many more!

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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. 

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Seattle Rep

Seattle Rep  collaborates with extraordinary artists to create theater productions and programs that reflect and elevate the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of the Pacific Northwest. A single ticket discount of $18 is available to students for all performances.

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The Great Outdoors

Had enough of museums and events? Enjoy the great outdoors! Seattle's public parks and nearby trails are free to explore. Take a trip to Golden Gardens to watch the sunset or head up to the mountains for an adventure. UWild's Gear Garage rentals can help outfit you in quality outdoor gear whether you’re headed out for a week-long adventure or a quick day trip. 

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