Oshin Kanathe loves the sandwiches at Grubshup,but that isnt the only thing which makes the restaurant her favourite place to hang out with her friends. To add to this is the student discounts she and her college mates can avail at the restaurant. The first time my friends and I visited the restaurant,we filled a form which was fed into their database. Since we are students from Fergusson College,we got a handsome discount on the bill by producing our identity cards, says Kanathe,a student of Psychology.
Proving that there are perks to being a college student in the city,restaurants,salons,electronic stores,amusement parks and even music festivals offer them special discounts,albeit conditions applied. Anil Paranjape,the owner of Grubshup,says they are selective about which colleges fall into the discount category. If there is a lot of demand from one particular college,we tend to increase the rebate rate for the students belonging to that particular college, he says.
Swig,a popular eatery and bar at Koregaon Park,also offers discounts to students of certain colleges listed with them. Earlier,we only gave discounts to students of Symbiosis,Viman Nagar,but now we have tied up with other colleges and offer 15 per cent discount, says Sandy Singh,owner of Swig. He explains that the prerequisite of a tie-up is so that college authorities are also in the loop. Though the discount is given on the final bill,I discourage students from getting drunk and driving home, he adds.
Students dining at Italian restaurant Pesto Pesto,Koregaon Park Annex,between Monday and Thursday,are offered a discount according to their age. If a student is 18 years old,he gets a flat 18 per cent discount on food, explains senior supervisor Sudhir Roy. He shares an incident about a 68-year-old regular at the restaurant,who is a student of law at University of Pune. We do not discriminate between age or college. If you are a student,studying anything from any college or university,we give you a discount equal to that of your age. So the gentleman got 68 per cent off, adds Roy.
Joining the bandwagon are salons such as Lizze and Panache,which have student-friendly offers on their services. Any student who shows a valid identity card gets 15 per cent off on their total bill, says Ismail,store manager at Lizze,University Road.
Even buying expensive Apple gadgets has a special thrill as dealers allow a concession. Students are just required to present their college identity card to avail nine per cent off on Mac Book and 10 per cent off on iPads, says Kishore Punjabi,owner of Radhika Sales,Pimpri,an authorized dealer of Apple products.
Acknowledging the constant cash-crunch that students beat is amusement park Adlabs Imagica,Khopoli,which offers entry for students at Rs 1,000. With an additional Rs 100,they also get food and beverages inside the park. Entry for everyone else is Rs 1,800 and food inside is expensive. But with the offers,we have a gala time, says Grishma Patil,a student of Fergusson College.
The music festival NH7 Weekender becomes a happy place for students as theyre offered almost half-price discounts on tickets for students below 21 years. We could afford to buy the tickets only because it was on discount. It would not have been feasible for us otherwise,considering that we dont work or earn salaries. We cant even ask our parents for money to enjoy such events, says Zane Young,student of Wadia College.