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College Q&A: UHV students can receive discounts on meals, entertainment

By By Jeremy Shapiro
June 14, 2014 at 1:14 a.m.


While dining at a local restaurant last week, I noticed a University of Houston-Victoria student showing his student identification to get a discount. How can my business join this discount program?

University of Houston-Victoria students can save money when dining out at a dozen Victoria eating establishments by showing a valid student identification card. They also can receive discounts when bowling, skating, playing miniature golf, attending a movie or having their vehicle tinted.

For the past several semesters, UHV has offered Daily Deals partnerships with Victoria companies. Students can receive discounts or freebies at 17 businesses.

"Daily Deals has been a good initiative for both our students and Victoria businesses, especially the ones owned and operated locally," said Dakota Doman, UHV student life and services director. "Since a lot of our undergraduate students aren't familiar with Victoria when they first arrive, they don't always know about local places. Daily Deals introduces them to different eating and entertainment options. The discount encourages students to try them out."

Discount offers vary. Some restaurants, such as Dairy Queen or Gone Bananas, give students a certain percentage off their order. Other establishments, such as China Inn and PJ's Seafood, offer a certain meal at a discounted price. Texas Drive-In and Great American Cookie have buy-one, get-one-free specials. Sonic at 3008 Houston Highway provides happy-hour specials all day.

As for entertainment choices, students can get a round of miniature golf at Putt-Putt for $4 (and a second round for $2), receive free shoe rental at Century Lanes, skate for a dollar Tuesday evenings at Skateworld or see a movie for $5.50 on Tuesdays at Cinemark 12. Custom Tinting and Truck Accessories also offers $20 off a tint job and $25 off a spray-in bed liner.

Doman said students are aware of the deals, and quite a few take advantage of the discounts.

"Although UHV is one of most affordable universities in the state, sometimes, our students don't have a lot of spending money," Doman said. "Having a dollar skate night or going out for 50-cent boneless wings makes for a fun and inexpensive outing. We appreciate businesses partnering with us to provide these deals. It shows their support for the university."

A pamphlet listing the Daily Deals is published before each fall and spring semester and can be picked up from the UHV Student Life and Services office in Jaguar Hall, 2705 Houston Highway. The list of fall 2014 Daily Deals will be put together this summer. For information about being included on the list, contact Doman at domand@uhv.edu or 361-485-4411.

Do you have a question about the University of Houston-Victoria? Contact Jeremy Shapiro, UHV communications specialist, at 361-570-4296 or shapiroj@uhv.edu.

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