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Discounts for Departments and Individuals

General Purchasing/Discounts for Departments

Columbia Purchasing Office
1700 Broadway, 11th Floor, Mail Code 7501
Telephone: (212) 854-4179
Web: http://finance.columbia.edu/procurement/purchasing

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.

CUIT Computer Discounts
(212) 854-1919

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


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Personal Discounts for Faculty and Staff

Arts, Dining, and Entertainment

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.

Six Flags Great Adventure:  Save on the price of a ticket to Six Flags Great Adventure by purchasing your tickets through Columbia. Learn more about pricing information and the seasonal calendar.

  • Log into the website and enter Username: cunycga and Password: SixFlags1. Password is case-sensitive.
Computer Discounts: Columbia provides programs to help students, faculty, and staff make personal purchases of computers and software conveniently and reasonably. Apple and Dell offer individuals the same corporate discounts provided to Columbia departments. 

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

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, Hotels.com, Kmart, Target, J.Crew, Brooks Brothers, 1800Flowers, ProFlowers, FTD, Shoes.com, Avis, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Citibank Mortgage Program, Restaurant.com, FragranceNet & Many More!

  • Register now and enjoy instant access - it’s easy and you can access the site from both work and home!

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

SpendLess: As part of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Harris Rothenberg, International (HRI), faculty and staff have access to SpendLess, an online program that offers exclusive discounts on a variety of name-brand products and services at national retailers, such as Ann Taylor, Avis, Barnes & Noble, Blockbuster, 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 HRI website.”
  • Once on the HRI website click on “Daily Living” in the left-hand navigation.
  • Next click on “Discount Center – SpendLess” and follow the instructions to register for this free program. (SpendLess may ask you for your company code and email. Type in "SpendLess" as the company code, and type in your email address.)
Wellness-related discounts on gym memberships, cycling and nutrition are available on the Work/Life website.

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 and up to 37% on BLOCKBUSTER® movie rentals 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!

  • To register for your free account: Go to the Working Advantage webpage and click on “Register” in the orange box at the top of the page. Then click “Employees Click Here.” Please contact hremail@columbia.edu for the member ID number.

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.

AT&T (formerly Cingular): 20% off per month and other discounts

Sprint/Nextel: 19% off per month and other discounts.
Call: (866) 693-8354
Go to a store near you: www.sprint.com/storelocator
Bring your Columbia University ID or paystub and mention this code: GAUNV_CLB_ZZZ
Click here to see all Columbia University Faculty and Staff Exclusive Offers

Click Here To Shop T-Mobile Now, or call (866) 464-8662 [option 1].
For upgrades, visit our T-Mobile retail store. You must identify yourself as an employee of Columbia University and mention Promo Code:12713TMOFAV. If you require additional support please contact David Holdwright by phone at (973) 960-4499 or by email at David.holdwright@T-Mobile.com.

  • Get four lines of unlimited talk and text, now with up to 10 GB of 4G LTE data for just $100 per month. That's up to 2.5 GB for each line!
  • Add up to six additional lines for only $10 each per month
  • T-Mobile will even pay your family's Early Termination Fees when you switch and trade in your devices - up to $650 per line (limit up to five lines)
  • A wide selection of the latest phones and tablets
  • $25 Advantage Reward Card with purchase of a device each and every time you activate a new line of service, upgrade your device, or add a line to your account. Learn more.
  • These offers are not available in stores.

Verizon Wireless: 17% off per month and other discounts

Verizon FiOS:
TV, Internet, Home Phone Discounts from Verizon
Get the best price on a Verizon bundle – only at verizon.com/connections!
Welcome to Verizon Connections, an exclusive online program for new and existing customers providing monthly discounts of $10 per month on qualifying triple play bundles or you can receive a $5 monthly discount for qualifying Double Play bundles. Offer is online only, signing up is easy visit verizon.com/connections and follow the prompts to start saving! Plus check out our special offers for New FiOS customers! 

  • Quantum Internet speed upgrade exclusively for employees: $79.99 per month, no annual contract and 2-year price guarantee
  • Plus, get a $300 Visa prepaid card if you sign a 2-year agreement
  • Click here for a Special Discount on Verizon Fios for Columbia University Employees

Campus Travel Management: Through Campus Travel Management, Columbians can receive free/discounted services for all their travel-related needs.

Transportation Services has partnered with NJ TRANSIT to offer all currently enrolled full-time undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to purchase a bus, rail, or light rail monthly pass at 25% off the regular monthly pass price. 

ZipCar: 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.

Shop Local

Optical World
100 East 96th Street (bet. Park & Lex)
New York, NY 10128

Phone: 212-722-9233
Email: opticalworld96@gmail.com
Store Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Columbia Faculty and Staff are offered free eye exams, plus half price on all frames, including designer frames. 

Call or email for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome and the doctor is on the premises. Please provide your University ID Card in order to take advantage of this discount offer.


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