Top Places To Visit on a Student Budget

posted by , on March 20, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Having fun can seem hard when you’re on a student budget, but all you need to know are the right places to go! If you’re running low on cash, visit these places for free or affordable events.

Free Library of Philadelphia — multiple locations

If it has the word ‘free’ in it’s name, you know it’ll be a great choice for someone on a budget. The Free Library has tons of events at many of their branches, but most of them take place at their Center City location on Vine Street. They offer author events with a variety of writers, classes, movie screenings, and an annual Book Festival.

World Cafe Live — 3025 Walnut Street

The World Cafe Live is a concert venue that frequently has affordable or even free shows! Many of their performances cost less than $15, with some of the more popular artists costing a little more. They also have a wide variety of artists and musicians, as well as non-musical events like Story Slams and Open Mic Nights. This is the place to go if you want to see lots of concerts but can’t afford the more pricey venues.

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts — 300 South Broad Street

Although many of the Kimmel Center’s performances can be expensive, every week or so they have free events that are open to the public. They range from concerts and workshops to lectures and discussions. To attend, all you need to do is visit their website and reserve tickets online. There is a full list of upcoming free events here!

Philadephia’s Magic Gardens — 1020 South Street

Located on South Street, this is a very popular destination for students not only because of the beautiful and unique mosaics — it also has a really affordable entrance fee! It’s just $5 to enter the Magic Gardens and explore everything it has to offer. Garden guides are available to answer any questions you may have about the tiles, and you can stay for as long as you want. For an extra $5 on the weekends, there are full tours twice a day.

Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum — 315 Chestnut Street

This museum may seem like it would only be interesting for scientists, but that’s definitely not the case. Focusing on the journey chemistry has taken from alchemy to modern science, this museum will give you a whole new perspective on the subject through art, artifacts, and their knowledgeable team of experts. Best part of all, it’s completely free!

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