Originally Posted: May 22, 2019
Last Updated: Jun 3, 2019
The life of a cash-strapped college student doesn’t have to be a mundane one. Free opportunities to be connected, entertained, and inspired await on every campus. Here are five examples of free events to look out for.
Ready to root? Sporting events on college campuses usually guarantee free or heavily discounted admission for the student body with just a flash of a student ID. Attending these events shows your support for your college teams and also offers a chance for you to socialize and make new friends while rooting for your school. Also, the public hype for athletic events could potentially mean student freebies such as food and school merch—it’s a double score!
Feeling artistic? The department of arts and humanities offers a colorful selection of free events for students. Scope out on-campus concerts, film screenings, and student art exhibitions that are free for the student body to admire. Be entertained by the indie filmmaking of your school’s Film majors or be moved by the thespians performing at the college theatre. At low to zero cost, you can experience and support the creative minds of local artists and your fellow peers.
Speeches and lectures
Looking to be inspired? The readings of authors, speeches of political figures, and even the lectures of your own professors are offered free for students on campus. Famous, local, and socially active figures often arrange to speak at universities and colleges to address a variety of topics. However, if the idea of sitting through another lecture fails to excite you, bear in mind this form of entertainment can also be a networking opportunity. You’ll have the chance to become acquainted with business figures who may be a connection to future employers. You’ll also meet like-minded people, as you’ll be in an audience of individuals who are interested in learning about the same topics as you.
Fine campus dining
Out for a bite? Free food is a universally loved college perk. The open access to on-campus events often include this bonus. Student volunteer events, job networking fairs, club/organization events, and more can often be found catered by food trucks, local restaurants, or homemade goods. Food is known to bring people together, so you’ll be able to explore, participate in, and discover new social circles and on-campus activities while being fed for free.
Student Activities Committee
What better way to have free on-campus entertainment than to help organize it? Student Activity Committees are designed for college students to help organize both social and academic events on campus. Being on a SAC will allow you to plan, organize, and oversee activities to benefit your classmates in search of free entertainment like yourself. You’ll be able to socialize while collaborating with fellow SAC members and be entertained while working together to provide entertainment. The best part? You can exercise your creativity in a way that educates, serves, and entertains your college’s student body.
How to find these events
In our digital age, staying informed about local events and entertainment is simpler than ever. Start your quest for free fun with the following resources.
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Your student email
Your college email account may be a tad more neglected than your personal one, but it can be an excellent resource to stay connected with free on-campus events. Student activity coordinators will often send out campus-wide announcements of upcoming events, dates and times, and available student freebies or discounts (they’re guaranteed to be mentioned to sweeten the deal).
Online platforms are the ideal way to promote events, especially for public speakers and individuals exhibiting their work that’s free for students on campus. Most universities and colleges have social media pages of their own; stay connected via your school’s Facebook, Twitter, etc. Be sure to follow the social media accounts for individual clubs, student organizations, and academic departments to keep tabs on specific calendar dates and free admission information.
The majority of colleges and universities have their own mobile apps nowadays. Campus apps are ideal for easily accessible information about free on-campus events for students. Besides apps designed by the school, you can also utilize apps to find more student freebies. For example, University Lunchbox is a mobile app created to track down free food on your college campus.
The purpose of a student union is to offer a space for the student body to socialize, host events, study, and be unified as a community. Student union buildings often host campus events, banquets, workshops, etc. Locate the bulletin boards at your student union to find upcoming functions and on-campus events.
Your educators can be of service to you beyond your classroom learning. A variety of college professors require students to attend community and on-campus events for credit. As mentioned above, professors can also be public speakers for outside lectures and readings of their published work. In short, your professors are a human resource to know what free on-campus entertainment is happening.
Find more ways to have fun on campus in our Student Life section.