Here’s a quick list of twelve restaurants that offer reward programs or discounts to students. Whether you present your Mcard for a student discount or join one of the rewards programs, you’re definitely saving money (which is always a win).

1. Panera

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Just present your “My Panera” card at each visit to earn points and get rewards, like a complementary bakery-café item. Free smoothie? Yes please.

2. Pancheros

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With the Pancheros punch card, after buying ten burritos the eleventh is free. The cards aren’t sitting out, so you have to ask for one at the cash register. 

3. Stucchi’s

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If you have a Stucchi’s punch card, after you buy eleven ice cream cones, you get the twelfth free. Keep that in mind to use it during the summer months (unless you like to eat a ton of ice cream when it’s this cold out – more power to ya).

4. Espresso Royale

Espresso Royale offers a buy ten drinks, get the eleventh free punch card. Espresso Royale also uses Flock Tag (below) to offer its customers rewards.

5. Flock Tag

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Flock Tag is a card that offers rewards programs to a variety of Ann Arbor restaurants. Just scan your card in one of Flock Tag’s 60 participating Ann Arbor restaurants to earn your rewards. Click here to watch a video about Flock Tag.

6. Starbucks

Starbucks’ rewards program has three levels. When you make it to the Gold level, not only do the perks get better, but you also get a personalized gold card to present at the register. Fan-Cy. For more info, check this out.

7. Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight has a punch card that gives you $7 off of your purchase after ten $7 purchases. That’ll pay for a muffin delight and more. For those of you who haven’t experienced the beauty that is a muffin delight, it’s a muffin topped with froyo. Best. Breakfast. Ever.

8. Raja Rani

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If you’re craving Indian food, try Raja Rani. When you show your Mcard, you get 10% off orders up to $30, 15% off orders up to $50 and 20% off orders up to $150. So if you’re at Raja Rani with friends, don’t ask for separate checks – you’ll probably get more money off of your bill.

9. Madras Masala

Madras Masala is another great option if you want Indian food. When you show your Mcard, you get 10% off your bill.

10. Bandito’s

Bandito’s knows every college student’s favorite word: free. As a student, when you buy one entrée and two beverages at Bandito’s California Style Mexican Restaurant, you get one free.

11. Cottage Inn

You can get 15% off one menu item at Cottage Inn when you have your Mcard. Sadly, this deal isn’t valid at the Original Cottage Inn restaurant.

12. Jazzy Veggie


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When you show your Mcard at Jazzy Veggie, you get 15% off an entrée. So, if you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or you just want some vegan-style comfort foods, Jazzy Veggie is your place.