Paws out for the PAW PASS

With a new school year now in session, there are a ton of new things to learn about the Brandon University Campus. What services are offered? Where can you find research materials? Do we have  health insurance through the University? Many of these questions can be answered with a quick visit to the Brandon University Students’ Union office. The Students’ Union office is located on the first floor of the Knowles Douglas Building, pretty much in the middle of campus. Your union provides you with a variety of services throughout the school year, such as a Health and Dental plan, printing access, advocacy services and, last but not least, the Paw Pass. The Paw Pass was founded in 2015 when the Assiniboine Community College Students’ Association and the Brandon University Students’ Union formed a partnership to bring about a discount program for students in Brandon. Since then it has become an assume tool for students to use around the Westman region. Discounts can range anywhere from 10% up to 50%. Below are details regarding the various discounts students get for the 2019-2020 school year.

In all the categories of discounts offered through the Paw Pass, Dining is by far the one that gets used the most. This year, the Paw Pass is jam packed with dining deals available to post-secondary students. Given that both Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College are located in the city of Brandon, the majority of businesses offering discounts are located within the city limits. One of the go to meals for many students is pizza. That glorious piece of pizza layered with sauce, cheese, and tons of toppings, has gotten more than a few students through some late night classes. Papa Johns, located at 3099 18th st, and Dominos Pizza, located at 824 18th st, are both offering students 40% off any pizza. Th only catch is that you have to order online in order to cash in on the discount. The discount code for Dominos is 2019BU while the code for Papa Johns is STUDENT40. Moving away from pizza, there are a variety of other dining establishments within the city of Brandon that support the Paw Pass. East Side Mario's, near Shoppers Mall, offers 20% off to students, while The Pita Pit, just down the street from the University at 658 18th st., also offers a 20% discount. Once in a while you get in the mood for something a little unique, some food thats associated with another country or culture. Rest assured as the Paw Pass has you covered in that department as well. The Wok Box offers students 20% off and is located at 930 18th st here in brandon. The Shawarma Queen also honours the Paw Pass with a 15% discount for students. The Shawarma Queen is located in downtown Brandon at 908 Rosser Avenue. As you can see, there’s no shortage of dining discounts available to students this year. There are loads of other restaurants and bakery’s in the city that are also part of this years Paw Pass, many of them offering students 10% or 15% off regular price. So if you find yourself hungry with no time to cook, take a trip around the city and cash in on some of those delicious discounts!

Dining isn’t the only category in this years Paw Pass. There’s also a section devoted to entertainment! Being a student isn’t exactly the easiest thing in the world. Once in a while you need to sit back, relax, and take time to just rewind. One place that many students find themselves rewinding each year is at Houstons, located at 3130 Victoria Avenue. This night club offers students free cover on Thursday nights. Some students are more into sports than partying. With the Paw Pass you can get $5.00 off adult tickets for Wheat King games this season! Cheer on the home team without breaking the bank. Sports and clubs are great ways to blow off some steam and relax, but what if your not into sports or alcohol? If thats the case, take a trip down to T-Birds, located near the southern tip of the city at 2140 Currie Blvd. Here students can enjoy a game of bowling. By purchasing one hour of game time you get an additional 1/2 free of charge! Whether its competitive or for leisure your sure to have a good time.

Finally the Paw Pass also includes a much needed shopping section! Just because your a post-secondary student doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy shopping! Plus, with discounts offered by the Paw Pass, you don’t need to worry about running your wallet dry. The Little Shoppe, down at 731 18th st, offers students a 25% discount of regularly priced items. While your shopping for clothes you can hit up Bromley’s Menswear at 306 10th st to get 20% off. This will be incredibly useful should you need to freshen up for a presentation or celebration. Some students may require certain uniforms, such as students in the Faculty of Health Studies. The Unique Uniform Shop at 904 13th st. has you covered with 10% off uniforms or 15% off if you also purchase your shoes there. Another discount that would be especially useful come Christmas is the one offered at Reesor’s Jewellery inside Shoppers Mall. Here students can get 20% to 40% off select items. Since some Jewellery can go for hundreds of dollars, you will find this discount invaluable should you need to purchase something for your significant other. Armed with a wide array of shopping discounts you can go to town without feeling guilty about the price tag.

The discounts described above are just a fraction of whats available to you as a student in Brandon. To find out more information and to get your Paw Pass sticker visit the BUSU  office on the first floor of the Knowles Douglas Building. They are open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Once you get your sticker, hit the town and soak up those discounts!