Student City Guide: LA
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Despite its high-glamour reputation, Los Angeles caters to students’ budgets with free activities, cheap eats and bargain basement shopping venues. Take advantage of student discounts, happy hours and sun-drenched walking tours to have an awesome time with friends without parting with too much cash. Where to go Sightseeing A must see LA freebie is the forecourt of the world famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre, paved with hand and footprints of movie stars and worth the admission price to 3D or Imax films just to experience the stunning interior. The Griffith Observatory offers free stargazing opportunities at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium and stellar shows at the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater. Freely explore the year-round flower gardens at Exposition Park and take a walking tour of Downtown LA beginning at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Temple Street and down Grand Avenue past the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Music Center, prestigious West Coast performing arts venues. With advanced reservations you can be an audience member at CBS Television City for the Price is Right, Real Time with Bill Maher and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Where to Eat Tucked away on Vermont Street, the La Valentia Mexican Grill is easy to miss but worth hunting down to feast on complementary chips with a salsa bar with a gigantic veggie burritos for under $4 with their student discount. Pasta Roma in University Park offers a 25% discount with student ID for dine in or takeout Italian entrees with a drink for about $10. At the Health Hut in University Park, students can score delicious meals like an avocado salad with creamy yogurt dressing for $5. Enjoy all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffets at the Good Karma Café where you bring your own Tupperware to load up on eat-in or take home salads with Divya's almond dressing, spicy curries, pesto pastas and chocolate halava.
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