Student Discounts

Looking for something great to do OFF campus without breaking the bank?

All of the following listings are accessible by public transportation from Harvard Square. Take a chance and venture into the city for these great deals: 

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Outings & Innings

From museums to movies to historical tours as well as many theater, music and dance productions, Harvard’s Outings & Innings (Harvard PIN required) provides significant discounts to students, faculty and staff for cultural and other attractions in the Greater Boston area. Create an account online and sign up for the E-List to be informed of ever-changing offerings; and visit the NEW O&I office at 44R Brattle Street for on-site ticket purchases. Information:, 617.495.2828.

Visual Arts

The following museums are Free for Harvard students (Undergraduate & Graduate Students) with an ID.

Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston

College Night at the MFA is on hiatus for 2012. Check their programs page for more info.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Fan Pier, South Boston 
Also free for Faculty and Staff. Free for everyone after 5pm on Thursdays.

Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, 280 the Fenway, Boston.

Also Free: Members, Harvard faculty and staff with valid Harvard ID, visitors under 18, all named "Isabella," U.S. military and families. Visit their website for other quirky discounts availabile.


Boston Ballet, 19 Clarendon Street, Boston. 
Student rush is $25 dollars. Rush seats for The Nutcracker and Swan Lake are available but limited, and best availability is during the week. Rush tickets are available two hours prior to performance at the Boston Opera House box office. 

José Mateo Ballet Theatre, Harvard Square
1/2 priced tickets available to students and young professionals under the age of 35 to special performances throughout the season at The Sanctuary Theatre with code YOUNGPROF.  Must present ID at box office when picking up tickets. Performance dates are Friday, October 13, Friday, March 2 and Friday, April 13.  More info available at or 617-354-7467


Celebrity Series of Boston 
Student Rush tickets available for select performances at NEC's Jordan Hall, Citi Wang Theatre, Citi Shubert Theatre, Berklee Performance Center, Sanders Theatre, Pickman Hall, and Symphony Hall. Student rush is $20 (cash only; 2 tickets per student with ID).

Boston Chamber Music Society 
$8 student tickets to any seats in the house available on the organization’s website or by calling BCMS at 617.349.0086. $5 student rush tickets available 90 minutes prior to the concert at the venue’s box office when you show your student ID. For a complete calendar of BCMS’s concerts this season, visit their website.

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, 295 Huntington Ave Suite 210, Boston | 
Student rush tickets are $10 and are available on the day of at the venue box office. For students a valid I.D. must be presented.

Members of the Harvard community can take advantage of a special $12 tickets by calling the BPO box office at 617-236-0999.

Boston Symphony Orchestra, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston

There are many ways to get to the BSO - here are 3:

1. BSO College Card (for Undergraduate & Graduate Students)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is again offering area college students the opportunity to attend certain BSO performances.
Start Date: 10/22/2012

By purchasing the BSO College Card for only $25, you have the opportunity to attend up to 25 BSO performances (concerts and open rehearsals). More information

2. $9 Rush Tickets.

There are a limited number of Rush Tickets for BSO subscription-series concerts on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings and Friday afternoons. Tickets are $9 each, cash only, one to a customer, and can be purchased at the BSO Box Office on Massachusetts Avenue on Fridays beginning at 10am for afternoon concerts, and on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays beginning at 5pm for evening concerts. Please note: No Rush Tickets are available on Saturday evenings.

3. Free tickets also available to select performances for Harvard undergraduates only through the Office for the Arts' BSO ticket program.

Boston Pops, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston click on "Pops" tab in the upper left corner

Emmanuel Music, Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St. 
Student tickets $13. Call 617.536.3356 for more informaion.

Boston Lyric Opera, Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston
PRIMA is Boston’s social group for young arts lovers; from opera and theatre enthusiasts to musicians and music lovers of all kinds. PRIMA is free and offers $35 tickets to all Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre performances in the 2015/16 Season and more!

Handel and Haydn Society

$25 Advance Student Tickets (age 30 and under) can be purchased online or over the phone and will be held at will call for pickup with a valid student ID. Student Rush Tickets (age 30 and under) are available for $15 starting 90 minutes before the concert. To see more information and to subscribe to the student mailing list, please visit

Regattabar at The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St, Cambridge
Student discounts available at nearly every Regattabar show!


American Repertory Theater, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge

Buy an A.R.T. student membership for just $10!

Student Rush: A full-time college, university, or high school student with a valid student ID can purchase a Student Rush ticket for $15, subject to availability. These are available by phone at 617.547.8300 or in person at the box office only. Limit one ticket per performance per ID.

Student Advance: A full-time college, university, or high school student with a valid student ID can purchase a student ticket in advance for $25 for all other performances at the A..R.T., subject to availability. These are available by phone at 617.547.8300 or in person at the box office only. Limit one ticket per performance per ID.

Broadway in Boston 
Student Rush tickets to participating shows at the Colonial Theatre, Wilbur Theatre, and Opera House productions (cash only; 1 ticket per student with ID)

Blue Man Group, Charles Playhouse, 16 Warrenton Place, Boston
Student rush ticket price of $30 makes it easier to experience Blue Man Group/Boston! Student rush tickets can be purchased two hour priors to the performance, based on availability. Only cash payments are accepted. Limit 2 tickets per valid college ID, in person at the box office. Please call 617.426.6912 on the day of the performance to inquire about student rush.

The Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown
NEXT TO NORMAL (Boston Theatre Dance Company)

Theatre Boston Watertown Image

Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and pop/rock music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy, and heart. This deeply moving piece of theatre is an emotional powerhouse that won three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. Don't miss it!

Ticket info:
General Admission – Adult tickets Purchased before October 1 - $25.00
Purchased after October 1 - $30.00
Purchased after October 15 - $35.00
MCA members receive $2 discount
Final dress rehearsal on Thursday, November 2 open to all Harvard students for only $20 (paid in cash at the door)- ID required.
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Huntington Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston
Student (25 and under) tickets: $20 

Shear Madness: America's Hilarious Whodunit! Boston, MA 
$20 rush tickets to college students an hour before the show. Cash only. Just show up with valid ID. Box office: 74 Warrenton Street; phone: 617.426.5225.

Some other general options 
Almost all the events in the Greater Boston Area listed in one place available for discounted prices. Also check out the BosTix booths at Copley Square and Faneuil Hall as a great resource offering half price tickets the day of events..

Also, check out printed publications like the The Boston Phoenix and the Boston Globe Calendar sections on Thursdays for added arts listings.

Compiled in 2016. All information accurate at the time of posting. Always call/visit the organization online to confirm details and availability for a specific date.

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