How It Works



Who is eligible to sign up for Student Box Office?

Current students, staff, and faculty members at the following schools:

American Academy of Dramatic Arts
American Musical and Dramatic Academy
Atlantic Acting School
Bard College
Barnard College
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Circle in the Square Theatre School
Columbia University
CUNY-Baruch College
CUNY-Brooklyn College
CUNY-City College
CUNY-College of Staten Island
CUNY-Graduate Center
CUNY-Hunter College
CUNY- John Jay
CUNY-LaGuardia Community College
CUNY-Lehman College
CUNY-Queens College
CUNY-York College
Drew University
Fordham University
H.L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music
HB Studio
Hofstra University
Juilliard School
LaGuardia Community College
Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
LIM College
Long Island University-Brooklyn
Manhattanville College
Manhattan School of Music
Marymount Manhattan College
Molloy College
Montclair State University
New School University
New York Film Academy
New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts
New York University
Pace University
Parsons- The New School for Design
Playwrights Horizons Theater School
Pratt Institute
Richard Gilder Graduate School at the AMNH
Rutgers University
Sarah Lawrence College
Stella Adler Studio of Acting
StoneStreet Studios Conservatory
SUNY- Purchase
Wagner College
Yeshiva University

Don’t see your school?  Use the contact form below to let us know that you are interested.  We intend to add more schools in the near future.

Can you explain the entire process to me?

Shows generously provide us with tickets when they have last minute availability. Generally, tickets become available day-of or week-of the performance.

We immediately send out an email to members, who have registered on our website, with show details and a link to reserve tickets.  We charge a nominal $5 handling fee per ticket in order to cover our expenses. Students follow the link in our email and purchase tickets on our website.

Students pick-up tickets (with a valid student ID) at the theater’s box office and enjoy the show!

We may send out a single survey or promotional email to students post-performance.

Why do you require my student email address? How will this be used?

We require a valid student email address in order to verify your status as a student.  This information is not shared with third-parties and account information is not shared with your academic institution.  Check out our privacy policy.

How long will it take my Student Box Office account to be verified?

Generally, accounts are verified within 24-48 hours.

I don't see any shows listed on the website. What's wrong?

Shows provide us with seats on a last-minute basis.  This means that we do not have tickets every day.  The best way to keep up-to-date with Student Box Office is to subscribe to our mailing list.  All new shows are announced via the mailing list.

I’m having trouble logging into the Student Box Office website…

First, ensure that you are logging in with your username (not email address).   Your username was created during registration and was also emailed to your school (.edu) email address by Student Box Office.  If you are having problems with your password, reset it here

Membership Guidelines

It is a privilege for Student Box Office to receive ticket offers, and we must maintain good relationships with our show partners.  We provide you with $5 tickets and ask you to adhere to the following guidelines in return. We need your help! 

  1. DO NOT reserve tickets unless you are 100% certain that you can attend a show. Don’t flake out! Shows want us to fill their empty seats and other members miss out when you don’t use your ticket. Once you book tickets, mark your calendar, ask Siri to remind you, ask your mom to remind you, etc. 
  2. Discretion is our friend! We don’t want to undervalue a show’s tickets. Posting show offers on social media or forwarding to others is STRICTLY forbidden.  Please DON’T advertise to your fellow audience members that you got “free” or “comp” tickets (the $5 per ticket fee that you pay covers our expenses).
  3. Please be a respectful audience member. If you were in the actors’ shoes, you would want a respectful audience, too!

When members fail to honor these three simple rules, we permanently revoke their SBO membership (boo!).  To sum up the above, we love members who are responsive, responsible, and enthusiastic! 


How do I find out about new show offerings?

Upon registration to our website, you are automatically subscribed to our mailing list, Latest Show Announcements.  This ensures that you will receive an email whenever new shows are added to our website.  To re-subscribe or unsubscribe to this list, go to My Account–>Notifications–> and select or un-select “Latest Show Announcements.” Click the Update Notifications button to save changes.  

How many seats can I reserve?

Depending on the show, students can reserve a maximum of two or four seats for any given performance.  This allows other students the opportunity to see the show.  You cannot reserve tickets for performances where you will not be in attendance.

Where are my seats located in the theater? If I reserved two tickets, will the seats be together?

Seats are assigned according to theater availability and students are not able to choose seats.  While every effort is made to ensure that seats are together, it is not guaranteed. 

Can I bring a non-student friend?

Yes! As long as you are a current student enrolled at a school in or around New York City, you can bring anyone you’d like.  You cannot reserve tickets for performances where you will not be in attendance.

How do I pick up my tickets?

You will pick up your tickets at the theater’s box office unless otherwise noted. The theater’s box office address is provided on the Student Box Office website when you reserve your tickets.  You must bring a valid student ID (with photo)  that exactly matches your registered name at

I purchased tickets to a show but cannot attend. Who should I contact? What is your refund policy?

We ask that you only purchase tickets to a show if you can definitely attend.  Please contact: support (at) to report.  Please note that, due to the last minute nature of our service,  all sales are final and no refunds are offered. For frequent no shows, we reserve the right to cancel your Student Box Office account.  We know this sounds harsh, but $5 tickets are a privilege.

Payment &


How do I pay for a show?

Tickets are reserved at via Paypal or Stripe payments which accept all major credit cards. No other forms of payment are accepted.

Is your website secure?

We use SSL or a Secure Sockets Layer which is a security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a customer’s web browser and our web server.  For transactional information, including payment data, we use Paypal or Stripe which use their own security features to protect user data.

Will you share my contact information with third-parties?

When you purchase tickets, your name will be given to the show’s box office to reserve your ticket(s).  For show attendees, we may send out a single promotional email or post-show survey on behalf of a show’s box office/theater company.  Your contact information is not shared in these instances. Check out our privacy policy.

What is your refund policy?

Because of the last-minute nature of tickets, we do not offer refunds, exchanges, or returns.

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