Let’s be candid. For the next four years, you’ve officially earned the title of “broke college student.” Money can be tight sometimes but that shouldn’t mean you’re unable to have fun. In fact, as a student here at the University of Tulsa, you receive certain perks from the university itself and local businesses.
Starting with campus resources, we have the Collins Fitness Center, a free gym with an indoor track, three basketball courts and over 200 pieces of workout equipment. The fitness center also offers classes such as cycling or zumba, though spots are limited, so it’s best to sign up as soon as possible.
Another campus perk is the Esports and Gaming Lounge (commonly called the G-spot). If you weren’t able to bring your own setup to campus or want to explore some new gaming options, this is the place for you. In addition to having board games like “Dungeons & Dragons,” “Catan” and “Secret Hitler,” they also have digital gaming options. “Super Smash Bros.” is a popular option, along with “Overwatch.”
Have there been any films you’ve missed out on while they were in theaters or you just don’t want to pay to rent them? Well, look no further, the University of Tulsa has its own streaming service called CaneFlix. Each month new films are added to the database’s ever-growing collection. New movies to hit CaneFlix include “The Batman,” “Candyman,” “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” “House of Gucci” and “Dune.” Housing periodically sends out emails with forms to pick the next month’s movies, so you can even have some say as to what films arrive.
Craving food that’s not offered on campus? Starting this year, TU has partnered with GrubHub, offering all students Grubhub+ for free and allowing you to use Hurricane Gold Dollars to purchase food from off-campus restaurants. As a welcome to campus gesture, GrubHub is giving students $10 off if you pick TU as your university on the app.
As for off-campus perks, you can receive free admission to the Philbrook Museum of Art with your student ID. Currently, the museum has an exhibition on Mexican Modernism, featuring works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. But hurry, the exhibit is only open until September 11. Students also receive free admission to the Gilcrease Museum, though it is closed for an extended period of time due to remodeling; however, the collection is still open to TU students for research purposes.
Finally, we have Circle Cinema’s $2 Tuesdays. Every Tuesday, Circle Cinema offers $2 movies for TU students as long as they bring their student ID’s. Movies playing on Tuesday, August 30 include “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero,” “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” “Nope,” “Bodies Bodies Bodies” and much more.
So go see a movie or treat yourself to some food after your first week of classes!