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College is so awesome (and expensive)!

That’s why college student discounts and freebies are everything! With the rising cost of college tuition, room and board, and textbooks, you’ve got to save money wherever possible. Luckily, many companies are here to help with offers and special deals and perks – and all you need is a college ID or email address! 📚


1. Get 6 free months of Amazon Prime.

Amazon boxes in a college dorm room

College students: score a FREE 6-month Amazon Prime membership for 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!

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.

Hip Tip: Read on to see how to save $500 with Amazon Prime Student perks!


2. Score Amazon Music Unlimited for less than $5/month.

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Eligible Prime Student members can sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited for ONLY $4.99 per month! 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 skip ads, too. Plus, you can save your data with offline listening!


3. Get 3 free months of Apple Music.

Headphones and a mobile phone in the grass

For a limited time, new subscribers can visit Apple Music to score a free 3-Month Trial. Note that you’ll need to have a payment method on file in order to claim your free three 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).


4. Save up to $200 (and get free Beats headphones) at the Apple Store.

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Apple is currently offering free Beats wireless headphones and up to $200 off when you buy an eligible Mac or iPad 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.


5. Save money on AT&T phones and service plans.

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Students, 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.


6. Save 15% at Banana Republic.

banana republic jeans on stool

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


7. Shop Barnes & Noble for up to 80% off sticker prices.

a student holding textbooks in their hands

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 massive underlining! Even lab manuals, study guides, and workbooks are intact and virtually scribble-free.

Don’t want to rent? If you plan to keep your textbooks, Barnes & Noble offers a huge selection of used textbooks available for purchase at 80% 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!


8. Get discounts at free college events with Bed Bath & Beyond.

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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 RSVPs are 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 their moving service video to learn how it works.


9. Save money on appliances and equipment at Best Buy.

HP laptops at Best Buy

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


10. Score below-MSRP prices on Chevrolet vehicles.

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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.


11. See movies on the cheap with Cinemark.

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


12. Save up to 20% on Dell computers.

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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!


13. Shop J. Crew and save 15%.

woman reading a book

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


14. Get FREE Microsoft Office 365 + 10% off Windows devices.

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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.


15. See your fave flicks with Regal Cinemas discounts.

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Many Regal Cinemas offer student discounts. Visit the Regal Cinemas website to find a list of participating theaters, scroll down to the theater you plan to visit and click on the theater name. Find the movie you’re interested in and click on the showtime. That page will show you pricing info, as well as student discount availability.


16. Score a Sally Beauty Supply student card for exclusive low prices.

two people smiling wearing Sally Beauty Supply shirts

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. Simply present your beauty school ID and complete an application at your local Sally Beauty store to receive your student card.


17. Sign up for Sam’s Club for $45 and get $15 back!

Sam's Club shopping cart closeup

College students can sign up online as a new Sam’s Savings member for just $45 and instantly score a free $15 Sam’s Club eGift Card. To get started, register and verify your student status with UNiDAYS (a site that offers exclusive student discounts & verifies eligibility).


18. Get Spotify + Hulu for only $4.99/month.

Spotify app on a phone

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. Visit Spotify’s student page for more info and to get started.


19. Read The New York Times for less than a buck a week.

closeup of 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)… which 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.


20. Save money on your subscription to The Washington Post.

Closeup of The Washington Post

The Washington Post also offers students a discounted digital subscription with a valid .edu email address. Once you’ve verified your email, you’ll have access to the Post‘s content on all platforms. After you graduate (or no longer work at your eligible school), your subscription rate will increase to the standard Basic Digital subscription rate.


21. Check national food chains for student deals.

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While not always advertised on their websites, participating restaurants may offer varying discounts to students depending on location. Some national chains rumored to offer student discounts include Subway, Pizza Hut, Chick-fil-A, Chipotle and Dairy Queen. Yum!

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


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Comments 23

  1. Jaime

    Love this! Thanks!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You are SO welcome, Jaime! 🙌

  2. Dwilson19

    I just found out there is also a costco membership discount for students. It is $20 cash card back on the 60 dollar membership through unidays as well.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh cool! Thanks for sharing! We’ll be sure to check it out!

  3. Karen

    Thank you that is great

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re welcome, Karen!

  4. julesO

    All these great deals consolidated into one comprehensive post!….sent it to my sister in college and she greatly appreciated it….just like we appreciate you guys at hipto save! Awesome!!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yay! SO glad this list was helpful! Thanks a bunch for the sweet comment, JulesO! It sure means a lot! 💕

  5. MSmomof5

    Yay! I just sent this to my oldest daughter who will be a senior in college this year & to my 2nd daughter who will be a freshman this year. I still have a 16yr old son & twin son & daughter that are 11. So we will take all the deals we can find!

  6. Missy

    Many libraries offer access to periodicals like the new york times and Washington post for free so even better than $1 a week 🙂

    • Debi

      Check your college libraries at the beginning of the school year. Many offer check out of more than just books. I work in a University library, and we offer check outs of laptops, tablets (Surface Pro), calculators, head phones, and DVDs, as well as other things. Some of the professors have books on permanent reserves, and we also have older editions of text books available for checkout. Make sure you get a flash drive to use computer labs, and some places even offer free scanning like we do.

  7. robby69

    The $4.99 Hulu & Spotify, now includes FREE Showtime…

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks, robby69!

  8. Denise Moore

    Great info for my soon to be college freshman son!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How exciting! SO glad this list will be helpful!

  9. Debi

    If you need craft supplies, ask at craft stores near you, and don’t forget places like Staples – they offer student and teacher discounts. That includes teacher trainees.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks a ton for the helpful tip, Debi!

  10. Bethany

    There’s also an app called pocketpoints.

    You earn points while staying off your phone in school and depending on the area, stores or campus places will add themselves on there to where you get discounts.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      What a neat find! Thanks, Bethany!

  11. Bethany

    Also there’s an app called Unidays. It has practically all major retail stores where you get student discounts in store and online. Examples are Hollister, Aerie, PINK Apple

    The app’s discounts does not allow stacking, so it is more so helpful when you don’t have a coupon discount for a place.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thanks so much for the helpful comment! Good to know!

  12. Libby Opell

    Thx for the college kids items. Do some of these discounts apply to the teachers also? I teach in a Community College and we don’t have the same salaries as big universities. I would love some discounts as well!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome! Yes! It does appear that a few of the offers above are available for Teachers & educators as well!

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