Businesses all around Keene are offering discounts to anyone with a valid Keene State College ID.

Program Manager of Campus Safety Leonard Crossman wants to remind students of the transportation opportunities available to them. “[The Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services shuttle] runs from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday,” Crossman said. “It’s operated within the city of Keene and [follows] a designated route for the college campus that goes to various shopping centers.”

Crossman added there is also a night shuttle operated by the Department of Campus Safety that runs Sunday to Thursday.

Sean Kiziltan

Sean Kiziltan

“A student with a valid student ID can ride those shuttles at no cost,” said Crossman. “If it’s available, use it. It saves gas, it saves people from having to purchase parking permits… I recommend that anytime something is offered to us… we maximize and get the best bang for our buck.”

Free bus rides are not the only money-saving opportunity for KSC students.

Owner of Athens Pizza House & Restaurant Chris Glimenakis said his restaurant offers KSC students 10 percent off on dine-in and pick-up orders. He added he doesn’t think many people on campus know about the discount, but he certainly wants students to take advantage of it.

“They’re right next door to us, they’ve been good to us throughout the years… [and their business] is definitely an asset to us,” Glimenakis said.

In addition to Athens Pizza, KSC students can save money while enjoying many places off campus. For example, KSC sophomore Victoria Milne said, “At Ronnie’s [Bakery and Cafe] they have a 10 percent discount for students and faculty of Keene State.” Milne added she likes the bakery located on Ralston Street because in addition to the discount, they have a lot of good gluten-free options.

Many ways to save money are out there for KSC students who will look. China Wok has a whole portion of their menu dedicated to students, with various meals priced at $8.25. Yankee Lanes offers discount games and shoe rentals ($1.09 each) for students every Wednesday night. Show your Owl Card at Keene Cinemas 6 and you can save on movie tickets, or check in at Joe Peanuts House of Wings on Facebook and get 10 percent off.

If you don’t know if a particular place has a student discount, Milne said, “Ask. Just ask. People here are very nice.”

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