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Oh, to be a student. The intellectual freedom. The summers off. The parties. And, oh yeah, the discounts. There's a reason I held onto my graduate school ID even after dropping out two years ago. (Lamentably, it expired at the end of September.) That magic card is a passport to arts deals otherwise unavailable until you hit old age and begin to qualify for senior citizen discounts. So as a service to Houston students of all ages and types, we've compiled a list of the best student discounts in town, many of them at locations accessible by MetroRail—which you can ride at a discount rate with your student Q Card.

Not a student? Check out our previous list of the 7 Best Arts Deals in Houston

1. Houston Symphony

$15 tickets for any Classical or Pops concert; $50 for a season ticket (6 Pops & 18 Classical concerts) 

Next performance: Beethoven's Fifth, Nov 14–16

houstonsymphony.org

2. Houston Grand Opera

$15 students tickets through the Nexus program (limited number of tickets—call ahead to reserve) 

Next performance: Otello, thru Nov 7; Così fan tutte, thru Nov 15

houstongrandopera.org 

3. Houston Ballet

$10 rush tickets available 90 minutes prior to selected performances, depending on availability

Next performance: Jubilee of Dance, Dec 5

houstonballet.org

4. Da Camera

Half-price tickets by phone or in person only

Next performance: Cécile McLorin Salvant, Vocalist (Jazz), Nov 8 at 8

dacamera.com

5. Society for the Performing Arts

Half-price rush tickets available one hour before performances; $10 tickets to selected performances

Next performance: Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir, Nov 7 at 8

spahouston.org

6. Alley Theatre

$16 tickets (subject to availability, excludes A Christmas Carol)

Next performance: As You Like It, Feb 4–22

alleytheatre.org

7. Museum of Fine Arts Films

$7 tickets

Next film: The Story of Adele H, Nov 7 at 7:30

mfah.org/films

8. Ars Lyrica

$39 for three concerts

Next performance: Bach & Sons: At the Café, Nov 14 at 6:30

arslyricahouston.org

9. River Oaks Chamber Orchestra

$15 tickets

Next performance: Serious Fun, Nov 8 at 5

rocohouston.org

10. Opera in the Heights

$15–17 tickets

Next performance: Hänsel und Gretel, Nov 14–23

operaintheheights.org