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Student Discounts

The NAC makes it affordable, even on a student budget.

The National Arts Centre wants to ensure that as many students as possible are exposed to – and seduced by - the incomparable thrill of a live music, theatre, or dance performance.

Student Subscriptions

50% off the regular price!

If you are a full-time student at a primary, secondary, or post-secondary school, bring your valid student ID card to the NAC Box Office and save big bucks on a season subscription to the NAC Orchestra, English Theatre, French Theatre, or Dance. Each artistic discipline offers several subscription series to choose from – and you can even create your own ‘Designer’ subscription in Music, Theatre and Dance.

*Only one subscription may be purchased per student ID card and the 50% student discount is calculated before the NAC Facility Fee (approximately $2 per ticket) is applied.

Only at the NAC Box Office

Student Tickets

A seat at 50% off the regular ticket price!

Why wait until the Live Rush last minute and risk missing a sold-out show? A limited number of half-price student tickets is available for every performance – this guarantees you a seat, and you can buy your tickets anytime after Labour Day for any show in the regular season.

*Student tickets (one per student) must be purchased in person at the NAC Box Office. You’ll need a valid student ID card, and, of course, purchase is subject to ticket availability. Student tickets are available for NAC performances* only, but not to “rentals”, such as some touring concerts or shows.

Only at the NAC Box Office

* Excluding Young People’s Concerts, Family Theatre Series, Série Jeunesse and galas.

Live Rush™

Cheap last minute tickets!

Begun in September 2000, the National Arts Centre's Live Rush™ program offered full-time high school, college and university students (aged 13-29) in Ottawa-Gatineau an easy way to purchase specially discounted same-day tickets to music, theatre and dance at the National Arts Centre.

Now broader to include anybody aged 13-29, Live Rush allows anyone eligible to buy up to 2 tickets per performance at the discount price of only $15 per ticket. A proof of age must be provided to receive tickets. Live Rush tickets are available from 10:00 a.m. on the day of the performance up to show time. Some restrictions apply.

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