MANHATTAN — Not all college students have access to their parents’ credit cards, but many who come to New York for school still want to live in style. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid paying top dollar, especially if you remember to ask for a student discount.
Where to get a haircut:
If you want to spend $25 on haircut that looks like it cost four times as much, offer to be a hair model for the student stylists at Arrojo Studio (180 Varick St.) The salon’s top-notch professionals guide the students closely at the classes, which are held five days a week from 9 to 11:30 a.m. (Book an appointment ahead of time.)
“The city’s student community make up a large portion of the clients and models in our student salon,” school director Gina Arrojo said. “It's a great way for our students to meet young, like-minded future clients — and a great way for those on a budget to get connected to one of the world's most renowned hairdressing brands."
Where to fix your iPhone:
Sometimes students need to buy things they don’t want their parents finding out about, like broken iPhones from a night of partying in the Village. Matt Nathanson, co-owner of Fix My iPhone (1501 Broadway at West 47th Street, 12th floor; 100 Church St., near Park Place, 8th floor), sees his fair share of NYU students with such issues.
More than 80 percent of repairs are for cracked screens, he said. “We’re able to fix everything except water damage. That has an 80 percent success rate.”
It usually takes 30 minutes to fix an iPhone 4 (for $75) and five minutes to repair an iPhone 5 (for under $140). Students with a valid student ID get $10 off.
Where to get furniture:
Students looking for quality yet budget-friendly vintage pieces, from loveseats to wine glasses, often head to the Housing Works Thrift Shop (130 Crosby St. and other locations). In fact, Housing Works has become such a destination for students that it now offers “super Tuesdays,” a weekly sales promotion in which students get 20 percent off their entire purchase with a valid student ID. Plus, it’s shopping for a good cause: Proceeds are used to help homeless New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.
Where to get clothes:
Besides Housing Works, there are plenty of other great thrift stores Downtown, including Buffalo Exchange (332 E. 11th St.), which has a range of finds from American Apparel to Tory Burch, and Screaming Mimis (382 Lafayette St.), for more kitschy vintage threads. But many NYU students hop the L train and head to buy and sell clothes at Williamsburg’s massive Beacon’s Closet (88 N. 11th St.), a favorite for fashionistas across the city.
Where to get some culture:
NYU’s Grey Art Gallery (100 Washington Square East; free for NYU students) will be co-presenting with the Studio Museum in Harlem (144 W. 125th St.; $3 for students and free every Sunday) a show this fall called “Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art,” the first comprehensive survey of more than 50 years of performance art by black visual artists.
The show, part of which will be at NYU from Sept. 10 to Dec. 7, will feature an array of live performances and public programs.