By Eva Nivard
It’s a rainy and boring Saturday afternoon. The entire campus has gone home, you don’t have classes today and your homework…. well, that can wait for another day, right? You don’t have appetite for Dining Hall food and you’ve been to the bar way too many times in the last week. Why not be adventurous venture out of the Bubble? Don’t be scared, I’m sure you’ll be fine in the big city. Besides, I’ll guide you. Since everything is better, tastier and prettier when it’s cheaper (true to the Dutch why not look for discounts?
In order to have access to these cheap deals, you need to have a Student Card from the University of Utrecht. Furthermore if you buy the ‘Knaekpas’ for 10 euros, you get a discount at a lot of places including (but not limited to): Simon Lévelt; Burger King; Dominos, Subway; Eazie; and Gamma. However, be aware that not all items at these stores are discounted.
If you’re looking for nice places to eat, you might want to check studentenhappen.nl. Restaurants and cafés such as Havana and Broers publish their daily ‘studentenhap’ on here. Other places where you can go are Café Rex, Mr. Jacks (Greek-Italian), ‘t Pakhuis, Popocatepetl (Mexican) and Café Otje. Prices vary from 6 to 14 euros. Watch out: some places only offer discount on particular days.
After dinner you might like to go to a play or film. For Dutchies only: At Theater Kikker you get 2 – 3 euro’s discount and on Tuesdays you only have to pay 10 euros. The Schouwburg offers a 5 euro discount and if you buy a ticket 30 minutes before curtains-up you pay 10 euros. For everyone: at Pathe Rembrandt you have a 2 euro discount, except for Friday or Saturday evening or during some holidays. Filmhuis ‘t Hoogt offers 1 euro discounts to students.
Now you know that there are so many affordable and fun places, you should have no trouble leaving the Bubble. Take your bike, go past the gate and discover Utrecht. And if you are really short on money, you can always take a stroll through het Griftpark, Wilhelminapark or the beautiful forests of Rhijnauwen.