Perks, Freebies, and Discounts for Grad Students

Cornell has a number of resources to help you stay on track with your personal budgeting plan. Below is a sampling of discounts and freebies for Cornell graduate students available at Cornell and beyond. There are also several national associations that offer free or discounted memberships to graduate students.

Budget and personal finance online resources

  • Personal Finance (offers resources specific to Cornell and resources from around the web to help you budget and save)
  • GradSense (from the Council of Graduate Schools with finance and budget information for graduate students)
  • Fellowship database (Cornell's searchable database)
  • CashCourse (customizable information about personal finances)

Academic resources and services

Entertainment and retail savings


Transportation and travel opportunities

  • TCAT Bus (All registered Cornell students receive unlimited rides on all TCAT buses for their first year, and after 6 p.m. weekdays, and anytime Saturday and Sunday for their subsequent years when using their CU ID card at the farebox)
  • Campus to Campus Bus (Discounted tickets for Cornell students and staff)
  • Short Line Bus to/from New York City, New Jersey, and Long Island (Discounted weekend fare for Cornell students)
  • Research and Conference Travel Grants
  • SUNY Perks (Discounts on many products, including a comprehensive travel planner)

Fitness and wellness services

  • Additional free recreation at Cornell
    • Outdoor basketball on North or West Campus & indoor at Helen Newman and Noyes
    • Open lap swimming at Helen Newman or Teagle
    • Sand volleyball between Clara Dickson and Balch Hall
    • Shoot pool or play table tennis at Noyes
    • Tennis at Risley, Appel and Jessup courts
    • Volleyball & badminton at Helen Newman or Noyes
    • Hike the Plantations trails


Emergency Funds

Additional discounts at businesses outside of Cornell