Posts Tagged ‘Metro North’

College Savings for the College Commuter

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Point blank, commuting is very expensive—especially for college students who don’t have the time to work a lot of hours. I am a veteran college student commuter. I’ve traveled from everywhere and I’ve had to find as many college discounts as possible. I dormed my first year at Hofstra University, but made the 5 hour public transportation commute every weekend to my home in Newburgh. I became well-versed in Long Island Rail Road travel. The following year I transferred to CUNY Brooklyn College, and made the R train my home for an hour twice a day from Bay Ridge to Flatbush 5 days a week.  My second year, I moved back upstate and commuted via the Metro-North 6 hours round-trip for 3 years so I could continue getting my education from Brooklyn College.  I could have probably bought an amazing luxury car with the amount of money I’ve spent on my commute.

 Whether you’re traveling from the Hudson Valley, Long Island, or just within the New York City area, the expenses of public transportation are an absolute drag on a college student trying to enjoy the Big City. Luckily, there are some deals that MTA commuters are privy to.


Madame Tussauds New York: Show your MetroCard and receive $5 off per ticket. This is an AWESOME attraction for both tourists and locals. Make sure you check out the new Marvel 4D attraction featuring superheroes like Thor and Captain America.

New York Botanical Gardens: Save 10% with your MetroCard! Whether you’re a nature person or not, the New York Botanical Gardens are a must-see for beautiful gardens and exhibits.


Yankees getaway: Overnight packages to accompany your Yankees tickets!

New York City getaway: Stay and rail overnight packages for a New York City getaway.

Also discount rail tickets for the American Museum of Natural History, BODIES: The Experience, Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square.

Long Island Rail Road

Rock of Ages: Ride the Long Island Rail Road free and get discount tickets when you see the musical Rock of Ages. This fun musical features music from Journey, Styx, and Bon Jovi, among others.

Belmont Park – The Long Island Rail Road and NYRA are teaming up together to give LIRR customers a discount and easy service for the fall racing season at Belmont Park.

After all this commuting and adventuring, you will surely be starving. Head to Cuba and enjoy their Happy Hour!


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Commuter Blues: How to Make the Most of Your Daily Ride

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

For some students, the optimal college dorming experience is not a feasible financial option and the only choice available to them is to make a daily commute to campus. Although it is oftentimes a long, tiresome affair – Believe me I know!  I commuted almost two hours a day from Queens to the Bronx for over three years! – there are some things you can do to make the most of the time that you spend stuck in the car or on the train. That way when you do finally make it to your destination, you will have less work to do and will have more of a chance to relax after a long day of commuting and learning.

If you are taking public transportation to get to school, then your commute is probably the best time to get all of that assigned reading out of the way. So before you bolt out the door in the morning, check to see what needs to be read for your classes and try to devote your commute to completing that task. It’s a relatively easy way to get things done. Honestly, there is not much you can do on a train or a bus, so remembering to grab those books or that e-reader (i.e. Kindle, Nook, iPad) in the morning will also save you from countless hours of commuter boredom. And, on the plus side, when you finally get home, you will have less to do and can maybe even squeeze in a little relaxation time before you have to start the cycle all over again.

Even if you drive a car to school, there are still ways that you can get some of your homework done before you pull into your driveway. Although you can’t actually read a book while driving, you can listen to one. So my advice would be to see if you can find the audio book versions of those novels for English class, and listen your way to some free time.

-Christina Brower

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