All of Toronto loves to pretend that they have it all together; the perfect condo with that 6ix view, no student loans, and a perfect work-life balance that somehow includes 6am spin classes. But let's be real, we're all hot messes under our colour coordinated Insta feeds, and one thing Torontonians will forever flock too? A good deal (because weekends at Patria and Early Mercy may seem glam, but our wallets are actually hurting). And how do you think we stay so fabulous on a student budget in Toronto? We're not fooled by any old "deal" that comes our way. We know when a good one comes around, and my friends? That time is now!
The SPC is THE deal every student needs to know about, and unless you've been under a rock, you probably already know about this amazing Canadian loyalty program. For a mere $10 to get the card, students get discounts and deals at thousands of stores and restaurants across the country, online and in-store. And we're not just talking hype chain stores like Indigo and Aldo; they also partner with cool local spots you probably already go to anyways! Best part? SPC won't be like your last Tinder date (IE, it's not a one-time thing). You have access to all these awesome deals all year, as many times as you like!
If you've been to any food festival, big event, concert - or pretty much just stepped out your front door lately, you've definitely seen Eva's Chimney's Cakes. The OG Eva was born and raised in Budapest, and her grandson and his wife decided to bring those famous, mouthwatering Kürtoskalács (chimney cakes) to Toronto after tasting them in Budapest. All handmade over a traditional-style open rotisserie grill, these delectable Hungarian treats are a must try. And with your SPC, you can get 10% off!
Imagine every single delicious comfort food you love, take it up a level, stuff it in a grilled cheese sandwich, and you have Stuff'D. They offer "soul food" in the form of insane grilled cheese sandwiches like the Philly Jawn with beef steak, and the Bombay Bad Boy with butter chicken sauce. Pair it with some of their loaded tots, toppings ranging from classic to chipotle and BBQ sauce, and your soul is sure to be satisfied.
If you're looking to up your style game, Exclucity should be the number one stop on your list. Starting out selling tees from their basement, this popular Montreal store is now the place to go for all the hottest sneakers/footwear. Aside from their dope collection of Nike QA, Jordan, BBC, New Era and more, you can also find streetwear and lifestyle clothes here - plus, thanks to your SPC, you can get 10% off XCLU products!
For those who prefer to listen to their tunes without floating earbuds, Kops provides one of the best collection of Vinyl records in Toronto. As the oldest record store in Toronto, they're known in the vinyl community for their huge selection (every genre from alt to electronica), sell new and used records, and their Queen West location even has North America's largest collection of rare and Northern Soul 45s (among thousands of other 45s).
Channel your inner Katniss Everdeen, get ready to get strangely competitive, and head to Battle Sports. Battle it out with a game of Archery Dodgeball, or give your 10-year-old self a second life and jump into a Nerf Battle!
You haven't really been to an escape room until you've been to Saga Escapes. Their amazingly built, epic scenarios will have you and your crew racing to beat the clock! Check out their website for details on their different scenarios, and don't forget to present your SPC for 30% off!
Ever looked up at a mountain in the wild and thought, wow I'd love to climb that? Nah, not us either. BUT, when it's indoors, with harnesses, and surrounded by a group of your best friends trying to see who can get to the top first? Count us in. Whether you're a beginner or rock climber enthusiast, they have over 15,000sq ft of climbing terrain that also includes bouldering, slacklines, lessons avaliable, and the world's largest indoor stalactite to climb on! Plus, with your SPC, you can get a whole 50% off your intro lesson!
You know you're going somewhere fly when the slogan is, "Crown of Confidence". They're known all over Toronto for their cuts/fades that are so good, it's not just a haircut but a craft. Top it off with the hip vibe of the shop and you're in for an awesome experience here with these masters.
Let's be real, was there any better feeling than when you actually #wokeuplikethis?! When you have your lashes and brows on point, you just feel like you have your life together. Pretty Little Secrets gives their clients that flawless look in a chic, relaxed environment. We could all use some extra self-care! And thanks to your SPC, you can get 20% off eyelash services and $5 off eyebrow services.
For anyone that has a tattoo you know, once you get your first, your hooked. Benjamin Chen, the owner of North York Ink created a chill yet hip spot in North York for you to tell your own story through your ink on your "modern canvas". Their artists do a range of designs (check some out here), and they also offer piercings here.
Located in Kensington Market, the artists at Toronto's first premiere cosmetic tattoo shop have over 10 years of experience in cosmetic, reconstructive, and corrective tattooing. They offer tattoos for just about everything; lip liner, beauty marks, freckles, to brighten dark circles under your eyes, microblading and more! Something we love about these guys? They give back. Check out their paint night to raise money for acid attack victims in India here!
Let’s be real here… living in Toronto might be hype AF, but not getting sick deals? Yeah. That’s not hype AF. Thankfully, SPC is here to save all of our lives. And monies. All our monies.