Discounts & Perks

Discounts and Perks

Columbia University faculty and staff may take advantage of special pricing on a range of goods and services for work and/or personal use—from consumer electronics, to hotels, to event tickets.



Current Discounts & Perks

Arts Initiative at Columbia

Arts Initiative at Columbia University: The CU Arts Initiative offers discounts to movies, Broadway, off-Broadway and other live performances, and access to cultural institutions throughout the city to faculty and staff.

Corporate Shopping Employee Discounts  

Corporate Shopping Employee Discounts connects Columbia University employees and students to over 250 top national retailers offering incredible employee discounts and private offers. A few popular retailers include: Lands’ End, Costco, Ralph Lauren, Orbitz,, Kmart, Target, J.Crew, Brooks Brothers, 1800Flowers, ProFlowers, FTD,, Avis, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Citibank Mortgage Program,, FragranceNet & Many More!

REGISTER NOW and enjoy instant access - it’s easy and you can access the site from both work and home!


ENROLL NOW for your FREE Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card and Save 15% OFF on regular price merchandise at Brooks Brothers U.S. and Canadian stores (including Outlets), by phone or online at 
Offer: 15% OFF
Organization ID #: 06001
Organization Enrollment Pin: 72644
Organization Name: Corporate Shopping Company


When it comes to mortgages, Chase’s dedicated team can help you when buying or refinancing your home.  Start now and get up to $750 of your mortgage.   Get started now by call 1800-550-2684 or by clicking on the link below.

(For Hotels and Car Rentals, see Travel listings)

Millenia Optical

Millenia Optical is the Premier Optical suite of Harlem, providing the community with the best prices for quality designer prescription frames and shades. Our Doctor is on premises Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for Routine and Medical eye exams. Our professional staff are experts in finding the perfect eyeglasses for your face shape and lifestyle. We specialize in exceptional customer service and will always go the extra mile. 

Exclusive promotions for Columbia faculty and staff:

  • $100 off Designer Frames
  • Buy ONE get ONE free on designer Sunglasses (of equal or lesser value)
  • Special pricing on prescription lenses
  • Columbia ID must be presented to take advantage of these offerings

Location:  469 W 125th Street
                  New York, NY 10027
                  (Corner of Amsterdam Ave and 125th Street)

Phone:   (646) 767-9159
Fax:        (646) 767-9249 

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm


As part of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Humana, SpendLess is an online program that offers faculty and staff exclusive discounts on a variety of name-brand products and services at national retailers such as Ann Taylor, Avis, Barnes & Noble, The Children's Place, Footlocker, GAP, GNC, PetSmart, ProFlowers, Target, and more.

  • Log in to the EAP website
  • Username: columbia
  • Password: eap
  • ​Click on "Click here for the Humana web site"
  • On the site, move your cursor over the tab "What's On Your Mind" and choose "Daily Living" from the drop down menu
  • You will find the "Discount Center" link on the right hand column
  • Registration required.

Six Flags Great Adventure

Please use Working Advantage or TicketsatWork to purchase discounted Six Flags tickets


TicketsatWork is the leading Corporate Entertainment Benefits provider, offering exclusive discounts, special offers and access to preferred seating and tickets to top attractions, theme parks, shows, sporting events, movie tickets, hotels and much more. TicketsatWork is a unique benefit offered exclusively to companies and their employees. 

Tickets can be ordered online or by calling 1-800-331-6483. 

Our company code: CUMC

Working Advantage

Columbia University is pleased to offer a great benefit—Working Advantage! With Working Advantage, you can save up to 40% on movie tickets nationwide. Working Advantage also offers incredible discounts on Broadway Theatre, theme parks, hotels, sporting events, family events, online shopping, gift certificates, seasonal ski tickets and more!

Now available to faculty, students and staff.

To register for your free account:

  • Visit Working Advantage
  • Click on “Register” in the orange box at the top of the page
  • Then click "Employees Click Here"
  • Company code: 99042065

    Columbia students, faculty and staff are eligible to receive discounts from the following phone carriers. The account must be in the Columbia member's name to qualify.


    18% off per month and other discounts.

    Please use the following number, Faculty/Staff FAN: 2498569, or use vanity URL -


    Columbia University Employees can save up to $900 with T-Mobile Work Perks by Switching to T-Mobile Today!

    To order start new lines of service or add a line to your existing account please call your dedicated T-Mobile Work Perks Team at: 855.570.9947.

    You must identify yourself as Columbia University employee. 

    For more information go to or email your Account Manager Rebecca Entwistle at: [email protected].

    • Switch over to T-Mobile and we will pay up to $650 & more for your Early Termination Fee per line when you trade in a device and get a new device with T-Mobile.
    • Port in your current number from AT&T or Verizon and keep that device and use it with T-Mobile and we’ll reimburse you up to $450.
    • Place orders through our T-Mobile Perks hotline at 855.570.9947.

    Savings for Columbia University 

    Get premium features when you sign up for T-Mobile Perks:

    • Unlimited talk, text, & smartphone data
    • Taxes & fees included
    • Netflix on us (with 2+ lines)
    • International texting & data
    • HD Streaming
    • Dedicated customer care team
    • Name ID
    • Free texting & unlimited in-flight Wi-Fi
    • Free stuff every week with T-Mobile Tuesdays
    • Talk, text, & 5GB of 4G data in Mexico & Canada
    • 20 GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot data
    • Voicemail to text 

    Ways to Join Our Program:

    • Call Your Dedicated T-Mobile Employee Work Perks Team: 855.570.9947
    • Tell your dedicated care representative to look up “Columbia University”.

    General T-Mobile Perks Questions?

    • Contact your dedicated T-Mobile Account Manager for more information!
    • Rebecca Entwistle: [email protected]

     New T-Mobile Customers?  Want to verify your discount?

    1. Go to or open the T-Mobile app and log in
    2. If you are not already on the Profile page, select Profile from the top right menu
    3. Select Employment Verification
    4. Confirm your employment status
    5. Enter Company Name, First and Last Name
    6. Enter Employment Work Email and Confirm
    7. Enter Mailing Address

    Existing T-Mobile Customers.

    Contact Customer Service by dialing *611 from your T-Mobile handset and ask for our Amplified Plan.  

    Offers subject to change without notice.

    Verizon Wireless

    Up to 19% off per month for qualifying plans, and other discounts.

    Please use generic email domain (without server) when signing up.

    Verizon Connections Fios

    Verizon Fios Discounts on Home Internet, TV and Phone!

    Employee Discount with no bundles or contracts required.

    -       $5 per month off Standalone Internet

    -       $5 per month off Internet + TV

    -       $10 per month off Internet, TV + Home Phone

    -       Standard setup charge waived ($99 savings) when ordering new service online

    Offer available online only at

    New Customers: Get discovery+ on us!

    $34.99/mo. for 200/200Mbps plus taxes & equip. charges.  Discovery+ free for 3 months

    $54.99/mo. for 400/400Mbps plus taxes and equip. charges.  Discovery+ free for 6 months

    $74.99/mo. for Fios Gigabit Connection (940/880Mbps) plus tax.  Includes Free Router Rental, Free Stream TV Device, Discovery+ free for 12 months and $100 Verizon Gift Card.

    Want TV?  TV packages start as low as $50 per month.

    Above rates include employee discount and Auto Pay discount.  Plus tax and equipment.

    Offer expires 3/17/21. 

    Signing Up Is Easy

    1)     Visit and enter your work email address.

    Don’t have a work email address, select “I don’t have a work email address” and follow prompts to verify employment

    2)     You will receive an email with a shopping link from Verizon Connections. 

    3)     Click on the embedded link in the email.  Then follow the prompts to start saving!

    Questions? Contact – [email protected]


    NJ Transit

    Transportation Services has partnered with NJ TRANSIT to offer commuter benefits.

    Learn more about NJ commuter benefits


    • Join as a Columbia University affiliate (students, faculty and staff) and receive a discount toward membership.
    • Get 24/7 access to Zipcars parked all over the city.
    • Simply reserve online, let yourself in with your Zipcard and drive.
    • Low hourly and daily rates always include gas and insurance.

    Disney Travel Planning Services

    Travel planning service, at no cost, specializing in custom packages including Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Lines, Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa, and Adventures by Disney.  Click on the link above to learn more and book your trip.

    Hotels and Car Rentals

    Hertz Car Rental Discounts for Personal Travel

    Hertz negotiated rates for personal car rentals may be booked on the Online Booking Tool accessible via the Columbia Visitors Travel Portal.

    Hotel Discounts for Personal Travel

    Access to competitive rates at over 44,000 hotel properties across the globe, from boutique hotels to major chains may be booked on the Online Booking Tool accessible via the Columbia Visitors Travel Portal.

    Note: New users must create an account to access the Online Booking Tool via the Columbia Visitors Travel Portal.



    Barnes & Noble

    Show your University ID Card at the registers of the Barnes & Noble on the Morningside campus to receive 10% off select items.

    Visit Columbia Bookstore to learn more

    Visit the Office of Work/Life for wellness-related Discounts on gym memberships, cycling and nutrition.


    CUIT Computer Discounts

    Telephone: (212) 854-1919

    Visit CUIT to learn more 

    Schools and departments can make institutional computer purchases through Columbia's agreements with Dell and Apple.

    Preferred Vendor List

    Other personal discounts on software, electronics and other items are also available from certain University vendors through Purchasing's Preferred Vendor List.

    Telephone: (212) 854-4179

    Visit Purchasing Office  

    The Purchasing Office is responsible for implementing and directing all University procurement policies and procedures. The Purchasing Office is committed to providing optimum procurement service and assistance to the University community, and working with faculty and staff to develop and implement sound, cost-effective policies, procedures and systems to facilitate the procurement of the goods and services needed to support University research and teaching.

    The Purchasing Office also negotiates and executes Master Agreements with vendors in order to provide the University Community with the best total cost for goods and services. Master Agreements utilize the University’s buying power, ensuring that the goods and services provided offer the best value to the University.

    The Purchasing Office web page is a resource that provides all pertinent information, including necessary forms, lists of all University Master Agreements, Purchasing Office phone numbers and email address, etc. If there are any questions concerning policies or procedures, the website can answer them or you can contact any Purchasing staff member.