This is your guide on where to find the best cheap eats that Toronto has to offer.
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It’s back to school time, and that means plenty of teens and twenty-somethings have arrived in Toronto for the first time, ready to start their post-secondary career. Getting to class on time and finding the right textbooks is on you, but how to have an (affordable) good time in the city is something we can handle! Check out our selection of near-campus hangouts, student discounts and more ways to make the most of your time in the city.
If you’re a student, the phrase “back to school” can be cringe-worthy. But being in school isn’t all bad. Tons of perks and discounts at the city’s most popular attractions are at your fingertips. We’ve compiled a list of Toronto attractions that slash prices for students.
Catch the ROM’s favourite displays, including dinosaurs, mammals, the cultures of South and Central Asia, Africa, American continents and the Asia-Pacific region, along with international textiles and costumes. Students with ID can get in for $14.50. General admission to the museum is free every Tuesday for students attending a post-secondary institution with student ID. Half-price admission remains on Fridays, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., for general admission only.
Check out Toronto’s tallest and most defining landmarks. Summon your courage and walk across the 113-story glass floor, or take the two-and-a-half inch glass elevator 342 meters in the air. When students present their International Student Identity Card, Hostelling International Card, or International Student Exchange card, they receive a 15 percent discount on the adult ticket price for the Observation Experience, including the Look Out and Glass Floor.
The AGO features an open layout with floor to ceiling glass windows with magnificent views of the city. More than 5,000 works of art are complemented by natural light and cherry wood. Full-time students with a valid ID pay $11, and if you have no spare cash, Wednesday nights are free between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Ontario Science Centre
Making science fun and accessible for forty years, the Ontario Science Centre continues to be one of Canada’s most visited attractions. With its cool exhibits and educational IMAX films, the centre is a great place to visit at any age. Students with valid ID pay $16 for admission.
Bata Shoe Museum
No need to be a shoe-a-holic to find this attraction interesting. The museum contains a variety of collections including moccasin’s worn by North American Indigenous people, pumps representing every age of Western fashion, footwear from every corner of the world and even gear from the ‘Walk of Fame’ worn by everyone from John Lennon and Marilyn Monroe to Donovan Bailey and Pablo Picasso. Students with ID get in for $8, plus admission is pay-what-you-can (suggested donation: $5) every Thursday between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Royal Botanical Gardens
Get off the concrete and embrace Mother Nature. The Royal Botanical Gardens, with its flowering plants, hedges, roses, magnolias and abundant wildlife provide much needed horticultural therapy. Students and youth get in for $10.50.
Textile Museum of Canada
Since 1975, this unique museum displays exhibits that are dedicated to promoting the trade and importance of the textile arts throughout the world. Not only are fabric swatches, quilts, garments carpets, ceremonial objects and artist’s workmanships on display, but the museum gives insight into other cultures and personal perspectives. Students pay $6.
Toronto’s Islands serve as a staycation for many Torontonians. It’s just a ferry ride away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and a perfect place to visit during those hot, late summer months. Nestled between Ward’s Island and Hanlan’s Point, there’s lots to do and see. Students under 19 get a discount off the ferry ride with student ID. Admission to the Island is free.
St. Lawrence Market
This 19th Century brick building is home to several dozen meats and deli stands, produce shops and fish stands, and is one of the city’s largest markets. Urban shoppers have access to a large abundance of gourmet foods, cheese and dairy products, dry goods and organic health foods. Throughout the year, the market hosts various free events including Woofstock, the largest festival for dogs. It’s free to visit, but chances are you won’t leave without a little something.
The Distillery District
This national historic site is very popular among Torontonians who enjoy the arts. The Distillery is home to galleries, theatres, restaurants, cafes and boutique retailers. Ambience is free, but if something catches your eye, you may need to doll out some cash.
Black Creek Pioneer Village
Step back into 19th century Ontario with Black Creek Village’s restored homes, workshops, public buildings, and farms. Students get $1 off the $15 general admission ticket.
Museum of Inuit Art
The museum is dedicated to Canada’s most celebrated artistic achievements, known as Inuit Art. The space is home to a large display of prehistoric art, early post-contact art and early works of the modernist period. Students get in for $3.
Toronto Aerospace Museum
The Aerospace Museum presents the history of local aviation and aerospace with collections, exhibits, artefacts and technology. As a local participant in co-operative education, the museum gives kids hands-on experience in technical training, aviation programs, industries and schools. Students get in for $5.
With its colourful street art, fresh produce, thrift stores and eateries, Kensington Market is a meeting place for people from all walks of life. One Sunday every month, the streets are blocked off for a day of drums, dance and music. It doesn’t cost a thing to tour around this truly unique Toronto neighbourhood.
These beautiful botanical gardens serve as a peaceful escape year-round, featuring six greenhouses with more than 16,000 square feet of vibrant seasonal pants. Admission is free.