Houston on a Broke Student Budget


How many weekends have you sat around bemoaning the fact that you don’t have any money to do anything? Consider your problem solved. Houston is full of quirky cultural entertainment perfect for a broke student budget.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

In addition to the always-amazing contemporary art exhibits, CAMH also has lectures, live performances and activities sure to push artistic boundaries. CAMH is located in the heart of the Museum District, within walking distance from the MetroRail, and admission is always free!

Art Car Museum

Have you ever been to the Houston Art Car Parade? Did you know you could view some of the cars year round? The Art Car Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday and displays some of Houston’s greatest art cars along with some more obscure fine art pieces from local, national and international artists. The museum is in the process of setting up a new installation and will reopen November 22. Admission to the Art Car Museum is always free!

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

MFAH consists of two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, library, a movie theater, gift shop, two art schools, and more. Go view pieces from some of the world’s greatest artists. Located in the Museum District (next door to CAMH), this one is another quick walk from the MetroRail stop. Admission is free on Thursdays, and the museum hours are extended until 9pm.

Discovery Green

Whether you are in the mood to listen to music, visit a flea market, see a movie, or maybe Zen out with some yoga, Discovery Green has got you covered. There are constant free activities happening at this green oasis downtown. Take a look at their website for a complete list of all the awesome happenings at the park.

Miller Outdoor Theater

The Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park offers concerts, theater and dance performances with a come as you are dress code. Grab a blanket and some friends and take a seat on the hill or come early to get seats in the covered seating area. Admission is always free; however, some evening performances require tickets for covered seating.

The Houston Zoo

While you’re in Hermann Park, be sure to swing by the Houston Zoo and say hello to our favorite feline, Shasta VI! Have you ever seen an elephant take a bath or watched a lion stalk a cardboard animal? Animal feedings and demonstrations happen daily, so check their website for events and times. Admission to the Zoo is free to University of Houston students with a valid student ID.

Even though you may not be swimming in stacks, there are always adventures to be had around H-town. Have fun exploring your city this weekend!

By Carolyn Shaffer

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