Living Young, Wild and Cheap at Ohio State

Home of the Buckeyes, Ohio State University is one of the largest public universities in the nation. With its wealth of resources for students, people from all walks of life come to experience the OSU tradition. With that said, there is one thing that most students have in common with one another. And no, we’re not talking about deciding what classes you still need to enroll in or where to live next year. Although, using College Pads to find Ohio State off-campus housing to find your next apartment wouldn’t do you any harm; we’re just keeping your best interest at hand. Getting back on track, we’re talking about being broke.

Have you ever felt like you couldn’t partake in activities or indulge in expensive meals because being a student was extremely expensive? It’s like every dollar you have needs to go towards something related to a class.

However, being a student at OSU and being broke doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t make the most of every dollar you spent. So, we’ve created the list below of how you can take your OSU student status to the next level and save a bit of money along the way.


Heading into any fall semester at OSU, you think of one thing and one thing only: Ohio State Football. If you haven’t attended an Ohio State football game, then it’s a must on your bucket list. Yes, it’s a judgement call, but OSU football is another level of GameDay intensity. Whether you’re a fan or a rival, attending an OSU football game not only will get your energy flowing come Saturday afternoon, but it’s cheaper as a student. You don’t want to be that student, not that there’s anything wrong with it, who regrets not going to a game during his or her time at OSU.

As an OSU student, you’re looking at spending anywhere from $34 to $238 per game depending on the opponent that weekend. If you want to purchase season ticket packages, it’ll be around $144 to $252. You also get priority in tickets because you’re a student. Now, just look at the amount you have to pay as a “regular” fan. You’ll probably spend about $63 to $220 per game and $702 to $851 for season tickets.

Food & Attractions

If you haven’t heard of D-Tix then you’re doing college wrong. It’s similar to Groupon but you have to enter into a lottery registration. If selected, you pay the amount for that event. These lottery events range from attractions to restaurants. D-Tix is a no-brainer for students as it offers anywhere from 25 to 50 percent less of the actual face value.

Next time you’re thinking about skipping a meal to save money, DON’T. Using D-Tix, you spend $10 for the event to get a $25 gift card to any participating restaurants. Now that’s unheard of. D-Tix has a little bit of everything for everyone, so make sure you register before the lottery deadline to bank in on some deals. Just for starters, here are some discounts that D-Tix offers:

  • Columbus Zoo: $8
  • Mad River Mountain: $10-$25
  • Darden Restaurants: $15 (Gift card worth $25)
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Gift Cards: $8 (Gift card worth $15)


It’s the information age, and we have to take advantage of it. With Tech Hub’s help, students no longer have to wait until the holidays to upgrade or buy a new piece of tech. Nothing is worse than having to wait for your laptop to slowly load when your research paper is due the next hour. As the official technology store of OSU, Tech Hub understands that having a slow and non-functioning laptop should be the last of your worries. That’s why they offer exclusive pricing for students to save them money and give back to university initiatives.

Tech Hub has a variety of money-saving options for students to choose from, such as a new 13-in MacBook Air (Over $100 in savings).

Have you taken advantage of any other discounts as an OSU student? Comment below and share your experiences. 

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