Enjoy campus without breaking bank

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Cecilia Alvarez | The Daily Wildcat

Rob Villa, a barista at Scented Leaf Tea House and Lounge, mixes customers' drinks on Jan. 22, 2015. The store brews specialty and house teas and sells fresh, seasonal pastries. 

*Editor's Note: This article appeared in the Daily Wildcat's 2017 Orientation Guide.

From thrifting a new piece of art to learning about our stars or watching the sky on the big screen, the UA has an array of things to do for a college student with very little cash.

Scented Leaf

For delicious tea and an even richer environment, the Scented Leaf is a great place to enjoy a nice cup of oolong or green tea. The tea is affordable and addictive. With specialty and house teas, you have plenty of options to customize.

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The tea is sold at a reasonable price, and the shop is a great environment to buckle down and study within distance of a constant supply of refreshments. 

They are open all week, and their hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Center for Creative Photography

The Center for Creative Photography is a great option to immerse yourself in a flurry of creative minds in different collections and exhibits. Admission to the Center for Creative Photography is free, though donations are accepted if you’re feeling extra generous.

The center is open from Monday to Saturday, but the gallery is closed on Sunday and Monday. The gallery is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium

Located near the library, the planetarium is a great place to take a break from studying and enjoy some fun that’ll also educate you on the small part we play in the universe. You can enjoy a Pink Floyd laser show or a tour of the solar system and stars.

Admission is only $10 for students and includes admission to the center itself and admission to all exhibits. It also includes a visit to the mineral museum and even one of the planetarium shows.

Flandrau is open from Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and then Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The weekend hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Goodwill thrifting

Students have a variety of things to buy thriftily—clothing, DVDs, furniture, strange toys, dishes that may or may not be haunted or even a Keurig that may or may not work, but that’s half the fun.

Students can get their Goodwill hunting on at the Goodwill on Fourth Avenue, which has a 20-percent discount every day for college students. The location is open every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., except for Sundays when they’re open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Antigone Books

Indulge and treat yourself to a book to keep you company in your dorm on the go or while taking a break from studying. Antigone books has a 20-percent discount on staff picks of the month.

They have a selection of great books, specials, discounts and bins full of books that are dying to take the reader on a literary journey.

Antigone is open all week, Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Subway, Brooklyn’s Pizza, Dairy Queen & CVS

Another great thing to do is eat.

If you want Subway, it is close to campus and open 24/7 for those midnight cravings.

Brooklyn Pizza is a great, affordable alternative to the single slice from Papa John’s. You can get a slice from Brooklyn on Fourth Avenue all week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Maybe after that slice, you’ll want a chocolate-dipped cone from Dairy Queen or a blizzard. You can fulfill that craving on the same street. Dairy Queen on Fourth Avenue is open all week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Lastly, if you are craving a peanutbutter cup or bag of chips, instead of going to the U-Mart, try to curve your hunger and walk over to CVS on University Boulevard and save a few bucks. CVS is open 24/7.

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UA Game Room 

With a CatCard, students can purchase a game of ping pong from $3 to $6, depending on the number of players, and game tokens to play a variety of arcade games. The room also has a variety of free board games to check out, from Cards Against Humanity to the classic Clue. 

The Game Room is located on the bottom floor of the Student Union Memorial Center. 

The game room is open all week, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from noon to midnight.

Gallagher Theater 

Gallagher Theater can be found in the SUMC and is a great option for students who want to view a movie at the ever-affordable price of $3. 

The theater even has double-feature nights where you can see a few movies for the price of one. The theater at the UA has a variety of movies screening throughout the year, from old classics to new hits that you feel like were just at the theater. 

They also have a foreign film selection at times to help expand your mind and movie experience.

Show times include: Thursdays at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Centers on campus

Another way to enjoy some great entertainment on campus, learn something and make new friends is to find a resource center that you enjoy. 

The UA has an array of student centers on campus like the LGBTQ center, the Women’s Resource Center and the Adalberto and Ana Guerrero Student Center.

These centers have a variety of wonderful events to help include students and engage them in the full college experience.

Good company with friends & family

While this might be the most inexpensive out of all, it’s certainly the most priceless way you can spend your time. 

College is a time of exploration of self, and it’s a time to make connections that’ll last. 

Make new friends, don’t forget to cherish time with your family and date some people if you want. 

Just having fun with the people you care about is most rewarding and least expensive thing you can do on campus.


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