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Sep 13 2017
6 months ago
1:50 PM MDT

22 College Student Discounts & Freebies

Sep 13, 2017 @ 1:50 PM MDT
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Nothing is better to a college student than a discount, right?! With the rising cost of college tuition, room & board, and even textbooks these days, it’s no wonder that students are wanting to save wherever possible. That’s why many companies offer special deals and perks to those with a college ID or email address. Being a college student is expensive, but here are a few ways to ease the load…

1.) Amazon Prime

College students can score a FREE 6-month Amazon Prime membership that will give you free 2-day shipping on millions of items, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, free unlimited photo storage, 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals and exclusive offers and discounts!

Please note – To qualify for 6 Months of FREE Amazon Student, you must have a valid .edu email address and you’ll need to specify your college/university, year, and major.

2.) Amazon Music Unlimited

For a limited time, eligible Prime Student members can sign up for 6 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for ONLY $6 – that’s just $1 per month (valid for new Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers only)! You must verify your enrollment in a degree-granting college or university in order to qualify.

With Music Unlimited, you can stream all the music you love on any device, use unlimited skips and not listen to annoying ads. Plus, you can save your data with offline listening!

3.) Amtrak

Looking at schools or been a while since you’ve seen family or friends? Mom’s hugs and doing free laundry are just a train ride away. Students age 13 – 25 with a valid student ID are eligible for 15% off the lowest Value or Flexible Fare when you book your travel at least 3 days in advance.

With comfortable, spacious seating and outlets to keep you charged, you’ll be able to relax while getting stuff done. Plus, Amtrak lets you bring up to two carry-on bags and two checked bags (where checked baggage is available) all for free. With free Wi-Fi on many routes, you can browse, post and stay connected along the way. Skip the headaches and hassles of the road and consider Amtrak.

4.) Apple Music

For a limited time, new subscribers can head on over to Apple Music to score a free 3 Month Trial. Note that you will need to have a payment method on file in order to claim your free 3 months.

Even better, students enrolled in degree-granting universities and colleges can join Apple Music at a discounted monthly rate of $4.99 (regularly $9.99) for up to 48 months (4 years).

5.) Apple Store

Apple is currently offering free Beats wireless headphones and up to $300 off whenever you buy an eligible Mac or iPad Pro with Apple Education Pricing for students. Keep in mind that you must verify your student eligibility through UNiDAYS (a site that offers exclusive student discounts and verifies eligibility) in order to take advantage of this special pricing.

6.) AT&T

Students can get discounts on AT&T wireless phones and services just by validating your email address on AT&T’s website. Just enter and submit your work or school email address and they’ll show you whether you qualify for applicable discounts and benefits on wireless services, devices and more.

7.) Banana Republic

Looking to save on clothing? Students and teachers can save an additional 15% off your full-priced purchase at Banana Republic stores only with your valid student or teacher ID (not valid online).

8.) Barnes & Noble

If you’re looking to save on textbooks, Barnes & Noble offers several options, including buying used/new textbooks, renting your textbooks, and even selling your textbooks for cash! They offer only the highest-quality used books so you won’t find mildew stains, missing pages, or pervasive underlining! Even lab manuals, study guides, and workbooks are intact and virtually scribble-free.

Don’t want to rent? If you’re wanting to keep your textbooks, Barnes & Noble offers a huge selection of used textbooks available for purchase at 90% off their sticker price. Plus, at the end of the semester, if your textbooks are still in good condition, you can sell your books back to them for cash!

9.) Bed Bath & Beyond

Participating Bed Bath & Beyond stores host FREE College Events and Campus Ready Events where you can get expert help, learn creative tips, receive a special discount, enjoy refreshments, enter drawings and more! These events change often and RSVP is often encouraged.

Also, if you’re planning to attend college away from home, you may want to take advantage of their free Moving Solutions Service! Instead of packing up and hauling your stuff across the country or state, just head to your local Bed Bath & Beyond or online and do your shopping.

You can have your purchases shipped directly to your school or to the Bed Bath & Beyond store near your campus and pick it up when you get there at no cost to you (only valid from May 1st-October 3rd). Contact your local Bed Bath & Beyond store for more details or watch this video here.

10.) Best Buy

Whenever you enroll in Best Buy Student Deals (free to join!), you’ll get exclusive savings on various laptops, TVs, headphones, coffee makers, personal care products and more.

11.) Chevrolet

The Chevrolet College Discount Program entitles eligible college students, grad students and recent grads to below-MSRP prices. Be sure to get an exclusive authorization code to secure your discount.

12.) Cinemark

Heading to the movies? Show a valid student ID at participating Cinemark box offices and receive a special discount, valid at select theatres only! Keep in mind that discount days, times and restrictions may vary depending on theatre location. Visit your local theatre’s box office for more details.

13.) Dell

Through Dell University, students can enjoy savings and special packages, such as exclusive discounts and a 30-day Price Match Guarantee on PCs, up to 6% back in rewards, free expedited delivery, access to exclusive offers, extra 20% on all PCs in the Member Exclusive Store with coupon and more!

14.) HP

As part of their HP Member Deals Program, students can get up to an additional 20% off eligible HP products, free shipping on all orders, personalized product recommendations and more. Keep in mind that you must sign up for the HP Member Deals Program and discounts will already be reflected.

15.) J. Crew

J. Crew offers a 15% discount to all college students and teachers whenever they shop in stores (J.Crew, J.Crew Factory and J.Crew Mercantile only) and show a valid school ID at checkout. This promotion is not valid at or or on phone orders.

16.) Microsoft

Students are eligible for free Office 365 for Education, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools. Also, students get 10% off Windows devices and more – all you need to get started is a valid school email address.

17.) Regal Cinemas

Many Regal Cinemas offer student discounts. Just go here and enter your zip code, scroll down to the theatre you plan to visit, and click on the theatre name. Find the movie you are interested in and click on the showtime. That page will show you pricing info, as well as student discounts availability.

18.) Sally Beauty Supply

Want to save on beauty items? College students can save on products with a Beauty Student Card from Sally Beauty Supply. You’ll get exclusive monthly discounts, low prices, and special email offers to take advantage of. Simply present your beauty school ID and complete an application at your local Sally Beauty store to receive your student card.

19.) Sam’s Club

College students can sign up online as a Sam’s Savings member for just $45 and instantly score a free $25 Sam’s Club eGift Card. To get started, go here to register and verify your student status with UNiDAYS (a site that offers exclusive student discounts & verifies eligibility). Go here for more details.

20.) Spotify


Students can score Spotify Premium for Students PLUS Hulu’s Limited Commercials Plan for just $4.99 per month! This means you’ll get ad-free music as well as full seasons of hit series, movies, HULU originals and more on all your compatible devices for under $5 per month!

If you’re already on Spotify Premium for Students, you can now activate Hulu and pay just $4.99 per month for both services. To qualify, you must be a student currently enrolled at a US Title IV accredited college or university and over the age of 18. Head here for more info and to get started.

21.) The New York Times

The New York Times offers a discounted rate for college students of just $1 per week for digital access (regularly $3.75/week)… that equals out to just $48 per year. With a valid school email address, students can also get discounted rates on a print subscription or more premium digital content.

22.) The Washington Post

The Washington Post also offers students and educators a free digital subscription with your valid .edu email address. This offer is also valid for members of the military and government officials. Once you’ve verified your email, you will have access to the Post‘s content on all platforms.

Bonus Information!

Participating restaurants may offer varying discounts to students, but these deals aren’t always advertised on their websites and and may not be offered in every location. A few national chains rumored to offer student discounts include Subway, Pizza Hut, Chick-fil-A, Chipotle and Dairy Queen.

Be sure to contact your local store or restaurant to verify participation in the above offers.

Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off Jesus, running long distance, bargain shopping, warm Texas weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She also loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.

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