Frugality at its finest: what’s free with your ID

The Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra attracts one of the youngest orchestra audiences in the country, facilitated in part by their highly successful Student Advantage Program, which offers deeply discounted tickets to Case Western Reserve and other university students.The Student Advantage Program is free to join, and offers $10 tickets to university students upon their enrollment.

The tickets are subject to availability, which the orchestra communicates by email the week of the concert. When students see an available show they wish to see, they can go to the box office to pick up their tickets. The program also provides members with access to free masterclasses and rehearsals.



The university offers RTA passes to all Case Western Reserve students. For those that don’t have a car or a friend to bum a ride off of, the RTA is a reliable means of getting around the city. However, don’t forget that your pass expires at the end of each semester. New passes can be found at the area office closest to your residence hall or at Access Services in the basement of Crawford Hall.


Software Center

Never purchase software while you are a Case Western Reserve student without checking first. Offered by the Division of Information Technology Services (ITS), the Software Center provides many popular titles for little or no cost. Students can download popular suites, such as Microsoft Office, and operating systems, such as Windows 8 for free. The Software Center also offers the Adobe Master Collection for $59, which is thousands of dollars less than the retail price.


Free drinks at Qdoba

Last semester, the Qdoba location in University Circle began offering free drinks to students with the presentation of a CWRU ID and Qdoba Rewards Card. Online registration is required to opt-in to the program; however, you will be rewarded with free entrees and birthday deals, as well. This is certainly the better option on a campus where Chipotle offers you nothing but a long line and substandard service.


The Museum Circuit

Case Western Reserve students have free access to the Cleveland Museum of Art, which is one of the most prominent art museums in the nation and contains 70 galleries spanning 6,000 years of art history. It also has special exhibits, for which real members of society must pay to see. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History features a planetarium, observatory, discovery center and live animal shows. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), near the bookstore, rotates its exhibits frequently to showcase new art and ensure that non-hardcore art lovers do not have to look at the same thing twice. Be sure to visit them all; it won’t cost you a dime.